Faculty & Staff Profile

Faculty/Staff Profile

Julia F Houfek, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel: (402) 559-6542
E-Mail: jhoufek@unmc.edu

Dr. Houfek is an associate professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Houfek received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ; her masters degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing, and her doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Dr. Houfek's clinical specialty is psychiatric mental health nursing, and she is certified by ANCC as a clinical nurse specialist in adult and in child/adolescent psychiatric mental health nursing. Dr. Houfek joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 1990.


  • Dr. Houfek has taught psychiatric mental health nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including psychotherapy/counseling models; assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning for diagnosable mental disorders; community mental health, and consultation-liaison psychiatric mental health nursing.
  • Dr. Houfek has a particular clinical interest in the psychosocial aspects of physical illness/health problems and provider-patient interactions.


  • Dr. Houfek's research program focuses on: (a) describing individual's health-related mental representations (e.g., health and illness schemas; self-schemas) and (b) determining how health-related mental representations influence health-related behaviors.
  • Current substantive areas of research focus on determining the influence of genetic edcuation/information on: (a) mental representations of single-gene disorders and complex diseases and (b) health-related behaviors.


  • Dr. Houfek's research and practice interests include smoking cessation.

Professional Service/Recognition

  • Dr. Houfek received the Penne Z. Davis Research Award from UNMC College of Nursing in 2003.