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

  • 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.
  • Leite-Trambly, O. D., Obasi, S. N., Nisley, C., Hill, T. L. (2022). Pandemic Lessons: Reflections on Transitioning to Remote Learning. Family Science Review, 26(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.26536/TTZF5587
  • Ghazi Saidi, L., Criffield, A. A., Kracl, C. L., McKelvey, M. L., Obasi, S., Vu, P. H. (2020). Moving from Face-to-Face to Remote Instruction in a Higher Education Institution during a Pandemic: Multiple Case Studies. International Journal of Technology in Education and Science, 4(4). https://ijtes.net/index.php/ijtes/article/view/169
  • Hall, M., Obasi, S., Bastola, D. (2020). Utilizing Oncology-Related Social Media Content to Model Information-Seeking Behaviors towards a Model of Shared Decision Making. IEEE 33rd International Symposium on Computer Based Medical Systems (CBMS) Conference Proceedings.
  • Obasi, S., Mocarski, R., Holt, N., Hope, D., Woodruff, N. (2019). Renaming myself: gender identity and name selection. Names: A Journal of Onomastics, 67(4), 199-211. doi.org/10.1080/00277738.2018.1536188. 2019 Best Article, American Name Society
Selected Recent Presentations
  • Obasi, S.N. (2022). "Embodying Identity: Names, Gender, Equity," Minority Health Disparities Initiative Virtual Health Equity Speaker Series. (https://youtu.be/QG2tBeg0HP0)
  • Kim, J.-M. & Obasi, S.N. (2022). "Phonological Trends of Gendered Names in Korean and English,” American Name Society Conference Annual Conference.
  • Obasi, S., Lash, B., Ralston, A., Huit, Z., Holt, N., Mocarski, R., Woodruff, N., Hope, D. (2021). "Getting a Letter: Exploring the process of psychosocial evaluation prior to gender affirming care," Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Conference.
  • Berke, D., Berglund, D., Obasi, S., Nunamaker, C. (2021). "Faculty as First Responders: Building Hope and Resilience in Times of Toxic Stress," National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference.
  • Nisley, C., Obasi, S. (2021). "Bouncing Back: Assessing Resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic using the Connor-Davidson Scale," National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference.


  • UNK - Diversity & Inclusion Art Project Committee
  • Minority Health Disparities Initiative - UNK Faculty Liaison
  • American Name Society - Membership Officer
  • CommonSpirit Health National Institutional Review Board