Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D.

The University of Vermont is home to a diversity of research programs led by world-class faculty across disciplines. Innovative and creative work at UVM has advanced new ways of thinking about the environment, social systems and human health, supported statewide economic development, and launched new technologies. UVM research and scholarship has also enriched the lives of many thousands of students, both graduate and undergraduate, who chose the University of Vermont expressly for the opportunity to work with faculty mentors in the lab, the studio, and the field.

Details about the support, services, and facilities the University provides to our faculty and students can be found at the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


Kirk Dombrowski became Vice President for Research at UVM in April 2020. When asked about moving to Vermont Dombrowski noted:

"I believe the opportunities to grow research at UVM are significant. Coupling the university’s expertise in health and medicine with its land-grant mission opens up strong possibilities for strategic research growth in many of UVM’s academic units. Similarly, the longstanding focus of UVM on research in sustainability and the environment is at the top of the nation’s—indeed the world’s—priorities. Promoting broad social science and humanities scholarship in parallel, as I’ve done at the University of Nebraska (UNL), resonates with the progressive spirit of the State of Vermont and attracts the best and brightest students. I very much look forward to joining UVM during this dynamic period of its history."

Dombrowski held several additional leadership positions at UNL. He was the founding director of the university’s Rural Drug Addiction Research Center, an NIH designated Center of Biomedical Research Excellence; interim director of the Nebraska Center for Virology, a ~90,000-square-foot biochemistry research institute; and director of UNL’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative, a university-wide faculty, recruitment, development and community engagement initiative that he was brought to Nebraska to lead in 2013.

A cultural anthropologist by training, Dombrowski is also an active researcher whose work straddles the social and behavioral health sciences, a link he has used to address issues public of concern and social good, such as HIV infection dynamics, drug and alcohol addiction, minority health disparities, and suicide prevention in Native American/First Nation communities. Dombrowski’s research has received funding from NSF, NIH, and numerous foundation sources, and his published work has appeared in social science, computer science and health science journals.


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Contact Information

85 South Prospect Street
320 Waterman Building
Phone: 802-656-2918

Website: Office of the Vice President of Research


Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research

Anita Lavoie
Phone: 802-656-2918

Director of Operations

Dan Harvey
Phone: 802-656-2918

Engagement Officer

Andrea Elledge
Phone: 802-656-8867

Executive Director for Research Administration and Integrety

Brian Prindle
Phone: 802-656-1435

Director of Research Development

Jeralyn Haraldsen, Ph.D.
Phone: 802-656-2982

Research Communications Coordinator

Joshua Defibaugh
Phone: 802-656-1329