UM Professor to Serve as Fulbright Specialist in Latvia

February 09, 2016

Amanda GolbeckMISSOULA – The Fulbright Specialist Program recently selected University of Montana Professor Amanda Golbeck to advance the understanding of public and global health research at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia.

Golbeck, a professor of public and community health sciences, will spend two weeks in May sharing her knowledge about modern, state-of-the-art, statistical research methods to enable more sophisticated and useful public health research at the University of Latvia.

“I am grateful to the United States and Latvia for this extraordinary opportunity that will bring me together with faculty at the University of Latvia under the auspices of the Fulbright award program,” Golbeck said. “I look forward to establishing productive, sustainable and impactful global public health connections with my host scholars.”

The project overview states that Latvians experience relatively high rates of depression, with Latvia suicide rates considered the third highest of all European countries. Latvia also has the third highest rate of traffic accident fatalities in Europe.

“The University of Latvia Department of Psychology has already initiated research in these fields, but there is need for more advanced competence in regard to modern statistical methods,” the host institution writes. “Specialists from the United States are leaders in the development and understanding of new, modern statistical methods.”

In Latvia, Golbeck will conduct a series of lectures and seminars for master’s degree and doctoral students, as well as faculty members from various disciplines of study, including psychology, education, economics, sociology and medicine.

As a Fulbright Specialist, the university also invites Golbeck to conduct consultations with doctoral students and faculty members, sharing her recommendations for which research methods to use for specific research projects.

Through the partnership, the University of Latvia faculty members hope to learn higher quality research methods to have a greater practical application toward improving general and mental health, mental health services, education, demographic issues and more. In addition, the project will stimulate networking between the University of Latvia and UM, which could result in future joint research projects and joint publications, as well as the development of collaborative online lectures, seminars and perhaps an online course.

For more information call Golbeck at 406-243-4446 or email

Contact: Amanda Golbeck, professor, UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, 406-243-4446,