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Senior Research Director

Denise Bulling

Focus Areas
Civil & Government Systems
Community Engagement
Disaster & Emergency Planning
Education & School Safety
Health & Behavioral Health
Violence & Suicide Prevention

Denise Bulling has a Ph.D. in Human Science and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Dr. Bulling joined the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center in 2003 and is a Licensed Independent Professional Counselor with extensive field experience in behavioral health that she uses in her work to create bridges among practitioners, academicians and policymakers using facilitation and public engagement approaches. Dr. Bulling’s research interests include behavioral health policy, disaster and homeland security issues, and threat assessment. She specializes in qualitative research and mixing methods to ensure research and evaluation results are meaningful and practical.


Ph.D., Human Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2006

M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1987

B.S., Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1982

Licensure & Certification

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (#183)

Certified Professional Counselor in Nebraska (#537)

Certified Threat Manager (2016- present)