Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Welcome Dr. Robert Dreibelbis!

The OU WaTER Center welcomes its newest faculty member, Dr. Robert Dreibelbis, PhD (International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health).  Consistent with our holistic approach to development, Dr. Dreibelbis will have a joint appointment between the Schools of Anthropology and Civil Engineering and Environmental Science (CEES). His position will add to the rich collaborations already underway among researchers in anthropology, business, and environmental engineering and science
Robert Dreibelbis brings much developing country experience with him to the WaTER Center and to the University of Oklahoma.
The focus of Dr. Dreibelbis's work has been on the social and behavioral aspects of interventions in developing countries.  As a researcher for Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH) and the Center for Global Safe Water, Dr. Dreibelbis has been instrumental in spearheading projects and research that connect technology and behavior.  His research interests include ecological sanitation technologies, social marketing approaches of sanitation services, behavioral change strategies relating to hygiene interventions, and school-based sanitation technologies.   
With a passion for teaching and mentoring, Robert draws on a multi-disciplinary background that reflects engineering, epidemiology, microbiology, anthropology, and political science, complimenting his perspective with statistical, survey and qualitative methods of training.  His work has taken him to Kenya, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Peru. He continues to collaborate on exciting work with colleagues at JHSPH and Emory University. He begins work at OU in August of this year.

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