Nicholas Coombs, PhD, MSTAT
Dr. Nicholas Coombs is a public health scientist and research statistician. He moved to Montana in 2015 to work out of the Center for Clinical Translational Research at Billings Clinic (renamed Collaboration Science & Innovation). Upon gaining perspective of Montana’s unique health challenges, he transitioned back into academia to earn his PhD in public health from the University of Montana. His research explored the multidimensionality of barriers to healthcare access in the United States, namely its effects on rural health systems and persons with high propensity for mental health impairment. Dr. Coombs’s work intersects between health systems- and clinical-research. He is passionate about maximizing access to healthcare for Montanans, and his long-term objectives are to help insight a more comprehensive philosophy for how Americans conceptualize overall health and well-being.