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
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
Tags: Research

Tenured Track Faculty Position Opening

Posted: 11/3/2015
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
Tags: Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky

GRADUATE STUDENT NEWSLETTER

Posted: 9/14/2015

UK Behavioral Scientist Named to Prestigious NIH Grant Review Panel

Posted: 9/4/2015
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
Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty, Awards and Recognition

'UK at the Half' Reports on $7 Million Grant to Fight Lung Cancer

Posted: 12/8/2014
University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty member in behavioral science and Director of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Dr. Jamie Studts was featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Providence College basketball game, broadcast on the radio Nov. 30. The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative received a three-year, $7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Bridging Cancer Care Initiative. Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and its lung cancer mortality rate is 50 percent higher than the national average. The collaborative includes the UK Markey Cancer Center, The University of Louisville's James Graham... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Lung Cancer, 490

UK Behavioral Researcher Conducts Attorney General's State Domestic

Posted: 11/17/2014
When cases of intimate partner domestic violence appear in national news, University of Kentucky behavioral researcher TK Logan said she often hears the question, "Why don't women leave?" Logan, who studies violence against women and the prevention of intimate partner violence, said the better question is, "Why doesn't he leave her alone?" In many cases, victims of intimate partner domestic violence are bound by circumstances that make walking away impossible. And, if they do walk away, they often endure threats, stalking and harassment by their abusive partner. Logan recently collaborated with Commonwealth Attorney General Jack Conway's Office of Victim's... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science

Center for Health Services Research Launches Website, Invites Membership

Posted: 9/5/2014
The University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), which serves as a connector, catalyst and creator at UK and UK HealthCare, announces the launch of its new website and seeks membership applicants for its efforts in applying research to optimize health care delivery. The CHSR is focused on creating, testing, and scaling next-generation health services research solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health delivery within Kentucky and beyond. Building on UK’s culture of collaboration and leveraging UK's extensive resources and talented faculty, the CHSR represents a unique center that will accelerate discovery of new knowledge... FULL STORY

Research Investigates Another "Kentucky Ugly"

Posted: 8/13/2014
From the New York Times to visits from the director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, health disparities in Appalachia are receiving a lot of attention, and for good reason. The list is sadly familiar: life expectancy in the region is about five years lower than national averages; rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and unintentional injury are among the very worst in the country; and myriad socioeconomic and geographic barriers limit access to health insurance and care. Former University of Kentucky President Lee Todd Jr. famously referred to these measures as the "Kentucky uglies." Kentucky has yet another "ugly,"... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science

UK Psychologist Creating Online Tool to Help Patients Navigate Lung Cancer

Posted: 7/30/2014
The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly the best news a patient can hear in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is localized to a certain part of the body, gives patients the best chances of survival. Screenings for breast, skin, colon, prostate and other forms of cancer are touted for saving lives through early detection. Many health care providers recommend cancer screenings as a precautionary measure, especially for high-risk patients. But in the case of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, the patient's decision to undergo a screening process is more complex. According... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Early detection of lung cancer

Bridge to Doctorate Program Removes Barriers for Underrepresented Students

Posted: 5/5/2014
Growing up in the small rural town of Paintsville, Kentucky, Hilaree Frazier always loved science. She remembers that from a young age she was interested in pursing a PhD in science, but when she finished her bachelors of science at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), she was intimidated by the prospect of going straight into a doctoral program. Even though she was interested in UK's Integrated Biomedical Sciences PhD program, she didn't apply. "I think I just didn't have enough confidence," she said. "There weren't a lot of opportunities in science in my hometown." Her undergraduate advisor at EKU suggested that she apply to a program a called the Kentucky Bridge... FULL STORY
Tags: Graduate Education

Silent Auction Benefits Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador

Posted: 4/2/2014
The University of Kentucky Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) will host the 10th annual Art of Healing silent auction on Wednesday, April 2. The auction will be held in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from noon to 5 p.m. Winning bidders may pick up their art from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The auction items feature the handiwork of local and international artists and current students, including pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and accessories. Proceeds from the art auction benefit the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic in Ecuador. Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative supported by many of the... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education, Auction