Brandy N. Kelly Pryor, MA, PhD

Brandy Kelly Pryor

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences 

Assistant Professor 
Director, Center for Health Equity, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness
Room 126. 400 E. Gray St.
Phone: 502-574-6606
Fax: 502-574-1430



I hold a PhD in recreation, park and tourism sciences with a concentration in youth development from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in education administration and human development, with a concentration in educational policy studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs with concentrations in global public health and Africa, both from The George Washington University.

I’m also the Director of the Center for Health Equity at the Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness Department where I work alongside the community to help Louisville make great strides in becoming a city where everyone has a chance of living a healthy life, no matter where they live, work, play or pray.

The Center for Health Equity, located within Louisville Metro Government, equips, trains and advocates for equitable policies and practices across government departments, community groups, organizations and corporations to advance equity across Louisville.

Before coming to Louisville, I was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. I also have served as an AmeriCorps member in Washington, D.C.; studied global health and determinants on health abroad in Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, Trinidad, and Barbados; and worked as a PhD student in the Center for Community Health Development at Texas A&M’s School of Rural Public Health.

Research Interests

My work centers on participatory and critical approaches to research and teaching in the areas of youth development, public health, social justice, and policy. I conduct mixed methods research, and has a special interest in emergent qualitative approaches. I am particularly interested in the relationship of social determinants of health, policy, youth voice and community development; especially as it concerns social policies that impact racial equity and well-being.  Drawing on the socioecological model and intersectionality framework, I also study school, institutional and community-based resources and approaches to the development of hope and narratives thereof across the lifecourse and within networks in local communities. 

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