Third Annual Appalachian Research Day Shares Results of Health Studies

Posted: 6/1/2017
The Third Annual Appalachian Research Day was held May 24 in Hazard, Ky., hosted by the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH). The event invites researchers and community members to “come sit on the porch” and share research findings with the local communities involved in the studies.  Rural Appalachian communities experience some of the most severe health disparities in the nation, and community-based research is an effective method to identify problems and develop collaborative, effective solutions.This type of engaged research begins at the local level, built upon the foundation of relationships with individuals, neighborhoods, and... FULL STORY
Tags: Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Research

UK Neuroscientist Authors Study Using Brain Imaging to Assess Mental

Posted: 3/23/2017
To prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt, jurors must find evidence a defendant was culpable of a criminal act. Culpability refers to a person’s awareness and mental state, and in cases of criminal conviction, the degree of culpability or “guiltiness” dictates the degree of punishment. Depending on culpability, a punishment ranges from a small fine to life in prison.Legal statutes across the United States specify four psychological states a person can be in while committing a crime, including states of knowledge, or 100 percent awareness of criminal behavior, and recklessness, which is uncertainty or not knowing of criminal behavior. Previous studies have shown jurors... FULL STORY
Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty

Fighting Substance Abuse by Empowering Incarcerated Women

Posted: 2/2/2017
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 Appalachia, particularly for women in the criminal justice population who have fallen prey to substance abuse... FULL STORY
Tags: CDAR, Drug Abuse, Behavioral Science

Promising Results in UK Clinical Trial Moves Opioid Therapy Closer to

Posted: 1/23/2017
A multi-site clinical trial led by researchers at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) has demonstrated the effectiveness of CAM2038, a potentially transformative buprenorphine therapy for moderate-to-severe opioid use disorders.The randomized, double-blind clinical trial compared the performance of weekly and monthly CAM2038, a fluid crystal depot buprenorphine therapy developed by Braeburn Pharmaceuticals and Camurus, with the current standard of care, a daily sublingual dose of buprenorphine/naloxone. In this Phase III trial, non-inferiority was demonstrated on the primary responder rate outcome, which was based... FULL STORY

Tindall-Staton Finds Passion in Research Close to Her Heart

Posted: 1/9/2017
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
Tags: Research, Behavioral Science, Faculty

UK Faculty Receive Funding to Develop Responses to Opioid Injection

Posted: 12/1/2016
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
Tags: Research, Behavioral Science, Appalachian Kentucky

UK Researcher Accepts KPA Psychologist of the Year Honor

Posted: 11/10/2016
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
Tags: Awards and Recognition, Behavioral Science

UK Researcher Highlighted by National Cancer Institute

Posted: 11/4/2016
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
Tags: Research, Behavioral Science

NIDA Director Examines Scope of Substance Abuse Research Undertaken at UK

Posted: 10/10/2016
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
Tags: Research, CDAR

UK CDAR Leads Research Investigating Progressive Therapies to Treat Opioid

Posted: 7/26/2016
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
Tags: CDAR

Stoops Appointed Editor of American Psychological Association Journal

Posted: 7/26/2016
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
Tags: Behavioral Science, Faculty

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