Dr. Pam Yankeelov


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Dr. Yankeelov is a Professor at Kent School. Her research explores the impact of the individual, relational, organizational, community and policy level influences on an individual’s ability to manage their diabetes with the greatest emphasis on vulnerable populations (e.g. low income, rural, and minority populations).

Currently, Dr. Yankeelov and her colleague, Dr. Faul, are the academic partners and evaluators of a five year, 2.5 million grant sponsored by CDC’s National Program to Eliminate Diabetes Related Disparities in Vulnerable Populations focusing on reducing diabetes related disparities in older adults and persons of low socio-economic status, in the rural counties of Kentucky.

She has also recently begun work on a grant with her colleagues aimed to implement a culturally enhanced evidence based multi-level food focused diabetes intervention for 20 Latino families affected by diabetes in a rural county who are underinsured or uninsured. The program is tailored to the particular needs of the Latino population addressing individual behaviors and the social determinants of health.

Prior to her work on social determinants of health, the majority of Dr. Yankeelov's scholarly pursuits focused on program evaluation specifically in the areas of child welfare, post-divorce adjustment, and interdisciplinary training. She has also explored intimate partner violence policy and its impact on child welfare.

Six years ago, she co-lead a revitalization of the research sequence curriculum from educating MSSW students to be producers of research to teaching these students how to identify, evaluate and synthesize the best evidence related to a particular practice and how to translate the best evidence for the goal of enhanced practice at their field practicum.  She is the chair of the advanced research practice sequence for the school. She won the 2006 UofL Distinguished Teacher Award, and has been nominated as a Faculty Favorite in 2007 and 2009.