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University of Kentucky Assistant Professor in Behavioral Science Claire Snell-Rood says some depressed women steer clear of therapeutic drugs.  “They had fears that if they were to take medication, then it could get out of control and for some people, that made them avoid medication of any kind,”  said Snell Rood. Dr. Claire Snell-Rood interview with NPR.

Dr. Kate Eddens of Kentucky LEADS and Jesse Fagan of the Gatton College's LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis won the researcher award for their presentation of OpenEddi at the SPARK Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers. The SPARK Showcase, sponsored by the Kentucky Innovation Network, Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, and Commerce Lexington, is designed to celebrate and promote the intersection of academic research and entrepreneurial creativity in Kentucky.

Excerpts from University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Sociology Mairead Moloney’s personal account of her horrifyingly prolonged battle with Lyme disease were printed in Tuesday’s Washington Post, in an article titled “I took all the right meds for Lyme, so why didn’t I get better?”  Full Story

Assistant Research Professor Amanda Fallin wrote a blog post for the The Network for the LGBT Health Equity's HealthLink, which is community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and enhancing diet and exercise.  Full Story

University of Kentucky College of Public Health researcher Kate Eddens received a grant from the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program to investigate how social ties and communication networks influence Appalachians’ lung cancer screening behaviors.  Full Story

Professor Amanda Fallin and Clinical Associate Professor Patricia Freeman in the College of Pharmacy had an op-ed published in the Lexington Herald-Leader about the need for pharmacists to receive training in the use of naloxone for opioid overdose prevention and apply for certification from the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy in order help fight Kentucky’s deadly opioid epidemic.  Full Story

Alex Elswick, a UK Student, and Dr. Amanda Fallin, Associate Professor and UK Nursing Researcher, Help Launch Citywide Substance Abuse Resource.  Full Story

Kate Eddens, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, served as co-editor and author of numerous articles in the December supplement of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which focused on research partnerships with 2-1-1 to eliminate health disparities.  Full Story

Amanda Fallin, assistant research professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, has been selected as one of eight distinguished nurse educators to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Faculty Policy Intensive (FPI) program.  Full Story

An anti-smoking intervention implemented and studied by University of Kentucky College of Nursing Assistant Professor Amanda Fallin recently proved effective in counteracting pro-tobacco promotions and ending the presence of free or low-cost tobacco products in LGBT social venues. Full Story

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) awarded pilot funding to 10 projects that foster collaboration and new medical product development. The pilot funding program provides research support and up to $50,000 for preliminary and proof-of-concept studies critical to moving basic laboratory findings into clinical applications.  Community Engagement:  Claire Snell-Rood, PhD, UK College of Medicine, "Cultural adaptation of collaborative care for depressed Appalachian women: a community health worker model"

Claire Snell-Rood, a behavioral health researcher in the UK College of Medicine, spent 14 months in New Delhi interviewing slum women as part of her doctoral thesis research. Snell-Rood recently published her first book, “No One Will Let Her Live: Women’s Struggle for Well-being in a New Delhi Slum,” which is based on live, in-person interviews and repeated observations she conducted as part of her thesis research.  Full Story 

1/6/2015 – Dr. Amanda Fallin, assistant research professor, recently published a study,  "Association of Campus Tobacco Policies With Secondhand Smoke Exposure, Intention to Smoke on Campus, and Attitudes About Outdoor Smoking Restrictions, in the American Journal of Public Health.  Full Story

Would you be more productive, healthier, or smarter? Mairead Eastin Moloney, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, warned against the idea that a world without sleep would be an improvement, and stressed the importance that sleep has in structuring people’s lives.  Full Story

Faculty members from Kentucky’s College of Public Health, Dr. Robin Vanderpool, Dr. Kate Eddens, and Dr. Jennifer Redmond Knight, are on a team that recently received $7 Million in grant funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation as part of its Bridging Cancer Care initiative.  The project, named the Kentucky LEADS (Lung Cancer. Education. Awareness. Detection. Survivorship.) Collaborative, will work to reduce the burden of lung cancer in the state through an interdisciplinary approach involving community partners and cancer prevention and control experts. Full Story

Dr. Michelle Martel was an invited speaker at the University of Ghent. Ghent, Belgium. in November, 2013.  The title of her talk was, "Early developmental pathways to disruptive behavior disorders: Etiology and mechanisms."

Dr. Katherine Eddens, assistant professor of health behavior at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, received funding from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Extramural Loan Repayment Program in recognition of her promising research agenda to address disparities in health status among underserved populations.  Full Story

Dr. Michelle Martel was also recently invited to serve on the editorial board of Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.

Dr. Robin Vanderpool
received the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Performance Award in May 2013 from the UK College of Public Health.

 Drs. Robin Vanderpool, Jennifer Swanberg, and Mara Chambers published a narrative review in Global Advances in Health and Medicine (September 2013) on the relationship between low-wage employment and receipt of recommended breast cancer treatment as part of special issue on women’s health research.