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Senior Research Manager

Kate Speck

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

Dr. Kate Speck has more than 28 years experience working in the field of addiction, including a Masters in Addiction Counseling. Kate received her Ph.D. in Community & Human Resources and her M.A. in Adult & Continuing Education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She received her B.A. in Human Relations from Doane College. In the past Kate taught addictions counseling for eighteen years. Besides working in residential, outpatient and EAP settings, she has developed and directed addictions programs in Iowa, Louisiana, and in Nebraska. She has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, theory and ethics, as well as teaching addictions courses at the college level. Kate is a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor (LADC) as well as a certified Master Addiction Counselor through the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (NAADAC). Her areas of interest include Substance Abuse, Motivational Interviewing, Workforce Development and Training. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and the NAADAC. In addition to her professional work, Kate is also involved within the community:

  • Advocate for Women involved with Child Protective Services
  • Volunteer, LMEP Young Families Program
  • Justice Behavioral Health Education Committee

Ph.D., Community & Human Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2002

M.A., Adult and Continuing Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1995

B.A., Human Relations, Doane College, 1992


Garner, B., Gothman, H., Chaple, M., Martino, S., Ford, J., Roosa, M., Speck, K., Vandersloot, D. (2020). The implementation and sustainment facilitation strategy improved implementation effectiveness and intervention effectiveness: Results from a cluster-randomized, type 2 hybrid trial. Implementation Research and Practice, 1, 1-23. DOI: 10.1177/2633489520948073
The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is partnering with the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health, Nebraska Department of Education, Regional Behavioral Health Authorities, and Society of Care to carry out activities as part of a youth suicide prevention grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...
University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (2016-2020). Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Plan 2016-2020. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. Unpublished report.