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Senior Research Manager

Janell Walther

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

Dr. Janell Walther joined the Public Policy Center in 2006. Dr. Walther is most interested in helping communicate complex ideas to publics and policymakers to help improve decision-making. Her research focuses on public and civic engagement, science communication, research and evaluation design, nonprofit organizing, and public policy. She teaches, offers training, and guest lectures in the areas of public and professional speaking, public engagement, and facilitation. Dr. Walther received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In addition to her work at the Center, she is a Leadership Lincoln Fellow and a past member of the Junior League of Lincoln Board of Directors.


Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2018

M.A., Communication Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2013

B.A., English, Kansas State University, 2003


Houston, A.L, J.C. Walther, L.M. Pytlikzillig, J. Kawamoto. (2020). Initial assessment of unmanned aircraft system characteristics required to fill data gaps for short-term forecasts: results from focus groups and interviews. J. Operational Meteor., 8 (9), 111-120, doi: https://doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2020.0809.
Iruka, I., Dekraai, M., Walther, J. C., Sheridan, S., & Abdel-Monem, T. (in press). Examining how rural ecological contexts influence children’s early learning opportunities. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
PytlikZillig, L. M., Walther, J., Detweiler, C., Sebastian, E. & Houston, A. (2019). Public opinions of unmanned aerial technologies in 2014-2019: A technical and descriptive report. University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, Lincoln, NE. Unpublished report. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=lpz