Liam Heerten-Rodriguez, Ph.D.
- Grace Abbott School of Social Work, Assistant Professor
I am an Assistant Professor in the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am proud to be part of training the next generation of helpers and change-makers. I teach classes in our undergraduate and graduate programs, generally focused on social justice, sexuality, and clinical practice. In addition to teaching, I am actively engaged in research. My personal research agenda is focused on the intersections of sexuality and social justice, particularly how people with stigmatized bodies navigate their sexualities and relationships. I am also affiliated faculty with the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative at UNO, which conducts applied research in sexuality and sexual health and runs Huespring, an LGBTQ+ leadership development program. Prior to joining the faculty at UNO, I spent 10 years providing comprehensive and inclusive sexuality education and general wellness education for adolescents and young adults. I received my PhD in cognitive and developmental psychology from UNL in 2019. I received my MSW with a clinical concentration from UNO in 2013.
Awards and Honors
Community Health Award, Service, Community - 2016
Ph D, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Psychological Studies in Education, Cognition, Learning, & Development, 2019
MSW, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, Clinical Concentration, 2013
BA, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Political Science & Ethnic Studies, LGBT/Sexuality Studies, 2008
Licensures and Certifications
Provisional Liscensed Mental Health Practitioner, NE DHHS, 12/16/2019 - 12/16/2024
Provisional Master Social Worker, NE DHHS, 12/16/2019 - 12/16/2024