Tindall-Staton Finds Passion in Research Close to Her Heart

Posted: 1/9/2017 - Tags: Research, Behavioral Science, Faculty
Michele Staton-Tindall grew up in rural Appalachia during a time when people felt so safe they didn’t even lock their doors at night. The ensuing drug epidemic that now ravages her former home has dramatically impacted the lives of the Appalachian people and broken that sense of security.Staton-Tindall, an associate professor in the  Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine, and a faculty associate at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, has made it her mission to make a positive difference in the Appalachian area, particularly for women in the criminal justice population who have fallen prey to... FULL STORY

UK Faculty Receive Funding to Develop Responses to Opioid Injection

Posted: 12/1/2016 - Tags: Research, Behavioral Science, Appalachian Kentucky
Two faculty members from the University of Kentucky have received three of four funded awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop responses to the opioid injection epidemic that can be implemented by public health systems in rural communities. Carrie Oser, an associate professor of sociology in the UK College of Arts... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Accepts KPA Psychologist of the Year Honor

Posted: 11/10/2016 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, Behavioral Science
The Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) named University of Kentucky psychologist and drug disorder researcher William Stoops the 2016 Psychologist of the Year during a conference on Nov. 3. The KPA annually recognizes a psychologist with outstanding service to the field and the community. An associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, Stoops examines the behavioral and pharmacological factors contributing to drug use disorders in the human laboratory. His research aims to develop models for behavioral and pharmacological interventions, with a focus on stimulant use disorders and cocaine addiction. He also serves as the UK Center for Clinical and... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Highlighted by National Cancer Institute

Posted: 11/4/2016 - Tags: Research, Behavioral Science
University of Kentucky Researcher Nancy Schoenberg is currently a featured partner on the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) website for her work with Faith Moves Mountains. Schoenberg, associate dean of research for the UK College of Public Health and professor in the UK College of Medicine, founded Faith Moves Mountains in 2004. The program is a community-based intervention to help decrease cervical cancer rates for women in the Appalachian region by building relationships with local churches within Appalachian communities. Schoenberg's accomplishments include interventions at over 30 churches. Health advocates have conducted follow-up contact with more than 400... FULL STORY

NIDA Director Examines Scope of Substance Abuse Research Undertaken at UK

Posted: 10/10/2016 - Tags: Research, CDAR
Multidisciplinary researchers unified by a mission to develop therapies, interventions and evidence-based solutions to substance use disorders delivered snapshots of their work to National Institute on Drug Abuse director Dr. Nora Volkow on Oct. 7. The series of presentations and roundtable discussion concluded Volkow’s two-day tour of Kentucky. Volkow traveled to Kentucky with the purpose of better understanding the gravity of the opioid epidemic and learn about projects underway to resolve the state’s austere substance abuse problems. Researchers from the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR), UK College of Pharmacy, and UK College... FULL STORY

UK CDAR Leads Research Investigating Progressive Therapies to Treat Opioid

Posted: 7/26/2016 - Tags: CDAR
Even with the assistance of detoxification and rehabilitation programs, 80 percent of people attempting recovery from opioid addiction will relapse.The firm grip of opioid addiction on a person’s life necessitates sustainable therapeutic approaches proven effective through scientific trials and evidence.“We increasingly recognize that opiate addiction is a complex medical disorder with significant psychosocial influences as well,” said Dr. Michelle Lofwall, an addiction medicine specialist and psychiatrist at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug an Alcohol Research (CDAR). “This is similar to other chronic complex medical disorders that are not... FULL STORY

Stoops Appointed Editor of American Psychological Association Journal

Posted: 7/26/2016 - Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty
Dr. William Stoops, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed editor of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, a journal published by the American Psychological Association. Stoops will serve in this role from 2018 to 2023. Beginning in 2017, he will serve as incoming editor, overlapping with outgoing editor Dr. Suzette Evans. Stoops received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Kentucky and completed his postdoctoral work at UK in the Department of Behavioral Science. Following his education, he joined the University of Kentucky faculty in the Department of Behavioral Science. His research... FULL STORY

Native Appalachian Strives to Improve Rural Health

Posted: 1/27/2016
With picturesque mountains, moderate weather, a rich history and a culture filled with art and music, Appalachia is a region many are proud to call home. Unfortunately, Appalachia is also home to the highest rates of smoking and smoking-related diseases – such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – in the nation. Brady Reynolds works in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Department of Behavioral Science. With a deep personal connection to Appalachia and a love for the region, Reynolds works in Eastern Kentucky to help find new strategies to reduce smoking rates and improve the health of the community. Reynolds grew up... FULL STORY

Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Implements Multipronged Approach to Lung

Posted: 11/16/2015 - Tags: Research
In the state with the highest incidence and mortality rates of lung cancer, a collaborative project is taking a multipronged approach to address the continuum of the disease, from prevention to screening to survivorship care. The Kentucky LEADS (Lung cancer. Education. Awareness. Detection. Survivorship) Collaborative, a joint effort of the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Lung Cancer Alliance, today announces details of three new statewide programs to reduce the burden of lung cancer in the Commonwealth. The project is the first of its kind to unite an interdisciplinary team of community partners and lung cancer prevention and control experts,... FULL STORY

Tenured Track Faculty Position Opening

Posted: 11/3/2015 - Tags: Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky
The Department of Behavioral Science, located within the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky, is seeking applicants for an established Assistant Professor full-time, tenure-track position. The successful candidate must have completed an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D.) and strong administrative and communication skills with professional colleagues and students. We are interested in a person to carry out research on cultural and social factors in mental health, health disparities, and communities including interventions. In addition, the candidate would be expected to contribute to the Department’s teaching mission. The Department of Behavioral Science is... FULL STORY

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Posted: 9/14/2015

UK Behavioral Scientist Named to Prestigious NIH Grant Review Panel

Posted: 9/4/2015 - Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty, Awards and Recognition
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review recently appointed University of Kentucky behavioral pharmacologist William W. Stoops, Ph.D., as a charter member of its new Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions study section. Members selected for service on the committee demonstrate competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evident by the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. In his appointed capacity, Stoops will review grant applications for scientific merit and survey the status of research in various... FULL STORY