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.



Joseph Benitez, Ph.D.            


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

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

Dean, SPHIS 

Aishia Brown, Ph. D.            

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

Susan Buchino, Ph.D., OTR/L                       


Assistant Director, Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, SPHIS

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.



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


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

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

Robert Esterhay, M.D.  



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

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

Cate Fosl, Ph.D. 



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

Jeremy Gaskins, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor, Dept. of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics, SPHIS

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


Associate Professor, Kent School of Social Work 


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

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



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

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

Christopher Johnson, Ph.D.



Professor and Chair, Dept. of Health Management & Systems Sciences, SPHIS 

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


Assistant 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.



Associate Professor, Dept. of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics, SPHIS

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


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

Administrative 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, Dept.of Health Management & Systems Sciences, SPHIS 

Gilbert Liu, MD


Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Medical Director
Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services

M. Cyhthia Logsdon, Ph.D.



Professor,  School of Nursing

Doug Lorenz, Ph.D.



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

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. 



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

Medical Director, Louisville Metro, Department of Public Health and Wellness

John Myers, M.S.P.H., Ph.D.  



Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, CAHRDS, SOM

Elizabeth Munnich, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics, College of Business

Patrick Pössel, Dr. rer. soc., 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.



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

Brian P. Schaefer, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Indiana State University


Michael Bradley Schuck, EdD



Assistant 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.



Principal Investigator, University of Louisville Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit (PPRU)

Chief and Medical Director, Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit

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

Sara E. Watson, M.D.



Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, SOM

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



Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Associate 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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