Executive Committee


Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences and is Director of the Frazier Polypharmacy Program. The Frazier Polypharmacy Program is dedicated to education, research, and public awareness regarding polypharmacy. Dr. Antimisiaris also serves as Assistant Dean for Continuing Education and Professional Development and has a part-time appointment in the UofL School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. Her research interests center on multi-stakeholder decision-making regarding medication use.


 Craig H. Blakely, PhD, MPH is currently the Dean of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville. His work has targeted maternal, high risk youth and other disadvantaged populations. His publications include: A Pound of Prevention: The Case for Universal Maternity Care in the U.S. published by the American Public Health Association, that stemmed from work that led to legislative change in one state to make prenatal care a right of citizenship.

Craig has served on numerous review panels and regularly reviews papers for a number of journals, including the Journal of Primary Prevention and the American Journal of Public Health. Among others, he sits on the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Board, National Board of Public Health Examiners and Advisory Board for the Nigerian Centers for Disease Control. 

 Deborah Winders Davis, PhD  is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Director of the Child and Adolescent Research Design and Support (CAHRDS) unit, and Director of the Louisville Twin Study. Her PhD is in nursing with doctoral and post-doctoral training in developmental psychology. Her current research is focused on reducing the prescribing of psychotropic medications for children, especially antipsychotic medications, and improving the health care of children in foster care with behavioral and mental health problems. Additional interests are early childhood development, promoting positive parenting, and prevention of behavioral and mental health problems.


Natalie C. DuPré, ScD, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Epidemiology and Population Health. She currently teaches epidemiology methods courses for the MPH program at UofL SPHIS. Her long-term research goals are to investigate the role of environmental factors and their biological mechanisms that influence carcinogenesis and cancer progression in humans by combining expertise across cancer, environmental and molecular epidemiology. Her primary research projects currently include investigating the role of ambient particulate matter exposure on breast tissue gene expression and the role of natural vegetation exposure on breast cancer survival utilizing rich data sources from the Nurses’ Health Study and Nurses’ Health Study II cohorts and writing grants for future research on environmental exposures, breast tissue gene expression, and intermediate markers of breast cancer risk including mammographic density in epidemiologic cohort studies. Dr. DuPre has led an epidemiology podcast, Pandemia, to discuss epidemiologic research and concepts by taking a deep dive into epidemiologic research on topics that are of interest to the public.


Seyed Karimi

Seyed M. Karimi, PhD, is the Executive Director of CIK and an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences. Dr. Karimi’s work sits at the intersection of microeconomics, statistics, and health policy. Health policy evaluation, modeling health care finance, early-life shock analysis, environmental health, welfare analysis, modeling infectious disease transmission, and burden of disease estimation are the areas of his research. He has taught courses on health services methodology, data management, health economics and policy, labor economics and policy, and economic evaluation in health care. He is currently an associate professor of health economics at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. He also holds the health economist position at the Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW). 


 Shari Kretzschmer, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC has served as the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for University of Louisville Hospital since December 2014. She has nearly 30 years of experience in nursing and more than 15 years of experience in administrative leadership. Prior to coming to Louisville, she served as associate chief nursing officer at Truman Medical Center Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Shari has years of experience in initiating and establishing programs of excellence in an academic acute care setting. She has extensive skills in successful daily hospital operations, resulting in high quality, evidence-based interdisciplinary patient care. She has successfully led large-scale projects, improved the patient experience and created a culture of accountability in the hospitals where she worked. As a nurse practitioner, Shari conducted more than 20 research studies, most of them involving new forms of cancer treatment, and has given more than 40 public presentations aimed at broadening the knowledge base of nurses working in hospitals across the nation. 


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Karunarathna Kulasekera, PhD, is a Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics. He has published numerous refereed research papers in statistics journals. Some of his research has been supported by the NIH, ONR, NSF, and the State University Partnership (SUP) program in Kentucky. His main research interests are in survival analysis, multivariate methods and regression, nonparametric inference, smoothing methods, varying coefficient models, variable and model selection, and group Testing. Currently, he is involved in several projects in group testing and variable/model selection.



 William Metcalf, JD, BS is the Executive Director of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Louisville where he works to promote internal and external collaborations and build strong connections with the research community. He leads a team that assists investigators in identifying potential funding sources, writing competitive proposals and submitting proposals to the sponsoring agency. His team also manages the limited submission process for UofL, monitors funding agency news and announcements, and develops internal and external reporting, forecasting and other analyses related to the University of Louisville’s research and innovation enterprise. Mr. Metcalf also serves as the Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at the Brandeis School of Law where he supervises a small group of upper level law students as they provide legal support to entrepreneurial students throughout the university, including students from the Entrepreneurship MBA program. Will holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, both from the University of Louisville.

Brian Schaefer

Brian P. Schaefer, PhD, MS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences. His research interests include police organizations, investigations, and culture; criminal justice policy; and alternative responses to crime and safety. He is currently the PI for the “Louisville Metro Emergency Services Alternative Responder Evaluation” and co-PI for the “Law Enforcement Cyber Investigations: An In-Depth Qualitative Study (National Science Foundation) &
Understanding the Utilization of the Opportunity Network’s Reentry Workbook Amongst Formerly Incarcerated Individuals”.


William P. McKinney, MD is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for Health Hazards Preparedness (CHHP).  Prior to his affiliation with SPHIS, he was the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, U ofL School of Medicine, from 1995-2004.  His earlier experience in the field of public health includes service as an Epidemiology Intelligence Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control from 1981-83.  In 1999, Dr. McKinney served as a U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow in Washington, DC.  He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

Since 1998, he has been a liaison member of the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), representing the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR).  From  2003-08, he served as Project Director for the University of Louisville’s Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  From 2009-12, he was Co-Principal Investigator of the Pandemic Planning and Preparedness Program, funded by the Department of Homeland Security through the National Institute for Hometown Security.  Since  September 2014, he has been director of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Public Health Training Center, part of the HHS Region IV consortium funded by HRSA.

Dr. McKinney’s areas of special interest include all-hazards preparedness, global infectious diseases, clinical epidemiology, and health promotion through immunization.  

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