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Senior Research Manager

Lisa PytlikZillig

Focus Areas
Civil & Government Systems
Community Engagement
Violence & Suicide Prevention

Dr. Lisa PytlikZillig received both her B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is one of the Center’s researchers pioneering the area of Trust and Confidence. Much of her research focuses public engagement processes, especially engagements used to support responsible research and innovation (RRI) and around issues that provoke controversy and conflict. She also has been certified in juvenile victim-offender mediation, specialized alternative dispute resolution, family mediation, and basic mediation. Dr. PytlikZillig is involved with many professional organizations including:

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Positive Psychology Network
  • Sigma XI
  • Society for Social and Personality Psychology

Ph.D., Personality & Social Psychology (Minors: Statistics, Developmental Psychology), University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2001

M.A., Personality & Social Psychology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1997

B.A., Psychology & Art (Minors: Math, English), University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1992


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.
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 Unpublished report.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
Wickham, E., Bathke, D., Abdel-Monem, T., Bernadt, T., Bulling, D., Pytlik-Zillig, L., Stiles, C., & Wall, N. (2019). Conducting a drought-specific THIRA: A power tool for integrating all-hazard mitigation and drought planning efforts to increase drought mitigation quality. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101227.