Patricia Nickel is Program Director for the Policy + Systems Change Network in the Center for Public Health Practice. She received her Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and recently earned a graduate certificate in Public Health Sciences from the Colorado School of Public Health.
Patricia has worked with local governments in Ukraine, Serbia, and the US and was excited about the opportunity to build on this experience with the Policy + Systems Change Network. Her previous work has focused on how well-being varies across systems of governance. She was previously Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech and Lecturer in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. In these roles she taught and published in the areas of philanthropy, collaboration, governance, qualitative methods, and global social policy. She is currently interested in how these areas impact public health practice.