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Commonwealth Scholars

CIK actively targets faculty from the University of Louisville and other institutions to become Commonwealth Scholars. These scholars, as recognized affiliates of CIK, comprise the base of expertise that CIK draws on for research projects focused on transdisciplinary research for population health improvement, policy, or analytics. For details on how to become a Commonwealth Scholar, please refer to the  Commonwealth Scholar Application. 

Below you can find a list of current Commonwealth Scholars. To find out more about their current research and interests, please refer to the Commonwealth Institute Expertise document or follow the links to their profiles.


Mollie E. Aleshire, D.N.P., M.S.N.

Assistant Professor, DNP Project Coordinator, School of Nursing

Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD

Associate Professor, Health Management and Systems Sciences, SPHIS
Director, Frazier Polypharmacy and Medication Management Program
Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development


Joseph Benitez, Ph.D.            


Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Management & PolicyUniversity of Kentucky 

Craig Blakely, Ph.D., M.P.H.           

Dean, SPHIS (retired)

Maxwell Boakye, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Louisville

Chief, Spinal Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Louisville Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Louisville

Director of Spine Fellowship, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Louisville


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Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill, J.D, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Affiliated Scholar, Research and Evaluation Center and Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Aishia Brown, Ph. D.            

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, SPHIS

Susan Buchino, Ph.D., OTR/L                       


Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, SPHIS

Priya Chandan, M.D., M.P.H.



Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, SOM

Ryan Combs, Ph.D., M.A.



Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, SPHIS


Liza M. Creel, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Medicine-Health Care Policy Research, University of Colorado School of Medicine (Anschutz Medical Campus)


Natalie DuPré. Sc.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health,SPHIS


Scott Davis Duncan, M.D., M.H.A.



Associate Professor, Associate Director, Child & Adolescent Research Design & Support Unit 

Associate Chief, Director of Clinical Operations, Division of Neonatal Medicine
Dept. of Pediatrics

Melissa Eggen

Melissa Eggen, MPH

Instructor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, University of Louisville

Senior Policy Analyst, Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky

Michael Earl Egger, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, The Hiram C Polk Jr, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, SOM

Clayton Tyler Ellis, M.D., M.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, SPHIS

Instructor of Surgery, Colorectal Division, Hiram C. Polk Jr. MD Department of Surgery

Jean Edward, Ph.D., R.N., C.H.P.E.



Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky

José Manuel Fernandez, Ph.D.



Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics, College of Business

Catherine Fosl, Ph.D. 



Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Director, Anne Braden Institute


Wei Fu, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor,  Dept. of Health Management & Systems Sciences, SPHIS

Jeremy Gaskins, Ph.D.



Associate Professor, Dept. of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics, SPHIS

Martin Thomas Hall Ph.D., M.S.S.W.


Associate Professor, Kent School of Social Work 


Candace C. Harrington PhD, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, CNE, FAAN

Assistant Professor and Gerontology NP Professor, School of Nursing

Lauren Heberle, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology Department, University of Louisville

Vicki P. Hines Martin, Ph.D., C.N.S., R.N.



Professor and Director Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement 
School of Nursing 

Director, Community Outreach, HSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Ghiyoung Im, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Information Systems, University of Louisville

J'Aime Jennings, Ph.D., M.P.A.



Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham

V. Faye Jones, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H.


Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs - Diversity Initiatives, University of Louisville, Health Sciences Center

Gaberiel Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Christopher Johnson, Ph.D.



Joe Taylor Director of the Institute of Health Administration, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University

Seyed Karimi

Seyed Karimi, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Health Management and Systems Sciences, SPHIS

Jelani Kerr, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.


Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, SPHIS 

Kristi King, Ph.D., C.H.E.S.



Associate Professor,  Exercise Physiology and Community Health, College of Education and Human Development

Maiying Kong, Ph.D.



Professor, Dept. of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics, SPHIS

Amy A. Lemke, PhD, MS

Amy A. Lemke, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Clinical and Translational Research

Division of Clinical and Translational Research

Director, Community Engaged Research

Norton Children's Research Institute

Jing Li, M.D., M.S.


 Associate Professor, Special Title Series, Dept. of Internal Medicine, UK College of Medicine

Co- Director, UK Center for Health Services Research

Deputy Director, Office of Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OIHD), UK HealthCare

Bert Little, Ph.D.




Professor, Health Management & Systems Sciences, SPHIS 

Gilbert Liu, M.D., M.S.


Medical Director, Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC)

Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Ohio State University

M. Cyhthia Logsdon, Ph.D.


Professor,  School of Nursing, SPHIS

Director of Research Academic Programs, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation

Doug Lorenz, Ph.D.



Associate Professor,  Director, The Statistical Consulting Center, Dept. of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics, SPHIS

Robert C. G. Martin. M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery, Sam and Lolita Weakley Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology
Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery for Research
Director, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery

W. Paul McKinney, M.D.



Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, SPHIS

Amanda M. Mitchell, Ph.D., M.Ed 



Assistant Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Human Psychology College of Education & Human Development

Sarah S. Moyer, M.D., M.P.H. 



Chief Medical Officer for Humana Healthy Horizons

Elizabeth Munnich, Ph.D.



Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics, College of Business

Emily Noonan, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor, Office of Undergraduate, Education and Research, SOM

Patrick Pössel, Ph.D.



Professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development 

Brandy Kelly Pryor, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, SPHIS

Senior Director of Programs, Humana Foundation

Matthew Ruther, Ph.D.



Associate Professor, Dept. of Urban & Public Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences
Director, Kentucky State Data Center

Brian P. Schaefer, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, SPHIS


Michael Bradley Schuck, EdD



Professor, Dept. of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development, College of Education & Human Development 

Michelle D. Stevenson, M.D., M.S. 



Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, SOM

Janice E. Sullivan, M.D.



Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chair - Pediatric Research
Division of Critical Care Medicine
Department of Pediatrics


Rui Z. Sundrup, Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems, College of Business

Jeff Talbert, Ph.D.



Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, UK College of Pharmacy

Director of Institute for Pharm. Outcomes and Policy Associate Director of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Beatrice Ugiliweneza, Ph.D., M.S

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Director of the Bioinformatics Core, School of Medicine, University of Louisville

Sara E. Watson, M.D.



Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, SOM

Monica Wendel, Dr.P.H., M.A.



Professor & Chair, Dept. of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, SPHIS 

Deborah Winders Davis, Ph.D., M.S. 


Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Child & Adolescent Research Design and Support
Director, Louisville Twin Study, SOM 

Marissa Ellen Yingling, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Kent School of Social Work 

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Qi Zheng, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, University of Louisville

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