Dr. Sharon Obasi

Director and Associate Professor

Office: WSTC 248W   |    Phone: (308) 865-8225   |    Email: obasis2@unk.edu

Dr. Sharon Obasi



  • Ph. D. - Neuroscience, University of Western Ontario
  • Hons. B.A. - Psychology (summa cum laude), McMaster University
Courses Taught
  • Lifespan Development
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Human Sexual Behavior
  • Family and Social Policy
Professional Memberships
  • National Council of Family Relations (NCFR)
  • Academy Health
  • American Naming Society

Research and Presentations

Selected Recent Publications

  • Henderson, T.L., Matthews-Juarez, P. and Obasi, S.N. (2023). The science of families: nurturing hope, happiness, and health. Family Relations, 73(1), 7-23.
  • Kim, J.-m. and Obasi, S.N. (2023). Phonological trends of gendered names in Korea and the U.S.A. Names: Journal of Onomastics, 71(3), 36-36. https://ans-names.pitt.edu/ans/article/view/2485
  • Maloney, S., Pytlik Zillig, L., Mollard, E., Palmer-Wackerly, A., Obasi, S.N., Kelley, M. (2022). Technological access barriers, telehealth use and health care visits in the early pandemic period, Health Policy and Technology, Volume 11 (4), 100693. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt.2022.100693
  • Obasi, S. N., King, R., Mocarski, R., Holt, N., Hope, D. A., Woodruff, N. (2022). Educational Preparedness to Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults: Perspectives of Mental Health Professionals. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 1-14.
Selected Recent Presentations
  • Obasi, S. N. (2023), Desafios de la etica en la investigacion del siglo XXI, "Research Ethics_A U.S. Perspective," Delfin_Peru Chapter, Virtual.
  • Kim, J.-m., Go, U. and Obasi, S.N. (2023) Linguistic Association of Canada and the U.S. 49th International Conference, "Gender and Phonology of First Names in Linguistically Diverse Countries," Linguistic Association of Canada and the U.S. (LACUS), Hybrid: Toledo, OH and Virtual.
  • Obasi, S.N. (2022). "Embodying Identity: Names, Gender, Equity," Minority Health Disparities Initiative Virtual Health Equity Speaker Series. (https://youtu.be/QG2tBeg0HP0)
  • Obasi, S.N. (2022), National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Webinar, "Navigating a University Restructuring: Anticipating and Adapting to the Unexpected," NCFR, Virtual.


  • American Name Society - Membership Officer
  • CommonSpirit Health National Institutional Review Board
  • Minority Health Disparities Initiative - UNK Faculty Liaison
  • National Council on Family Relations: Chair_Family Policy section