Directors and Administration

UK Wildcat statue in fall

Principal Investigator

Thomas E. Curry, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Curry provides leadership as director of the basic science program of BIRCWH.

Research Director

Ann L. Coker, PhD, Professor and Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women

Internal Advisory Committee Chair

Susan S. Smyth, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine & Director, Gill Heart Institute


Emily Clear MPH, CHES
Research Program Manager
College of Public Health

Ashley Roark 
Research Coordinator 
Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology

Josh Wills 
Program Coordinator 
Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology

If you have any question about the BIRCWH program at UK, please contact: Emily Clear (

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