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Research is an essential component of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing's mission. Faculty and students in the College of Nursing are committed to advancing nursing science by promoting the health and health care of individuals, families, communities and populations through research. The development, utilization and translation of knowledge from our research improves the lives of those we serve. 

14th ranked for National Institutes of Health funding

among all public and private nursing schools.

36.2m in active research and training awards

A message from the Associate Dean of Research

Nursing science plays a prominent role in improving the health our communities, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond through the generation of knowledge and the advancement of evidence-based practice. 

The College of Nursing’s research program includes world-class research teams who study some of our most pressing health care problems and produce amazing outcomes for patients in Kentucky and across the world.
The success of our research program stems from support for research, scholarship and mentoring at all levels of career development, from our top researchers through our mid- and early-career faculty and graduate students, all the way down to our undergraduates, with each level helping the next to succeed. 
As the associate dean for research, I have the privilege of serving the College’s research programs and get a first-hand view of our remarkable productivity and professional growth. We are a hard-working academic community.  We have stellar grant development and biostatistics and data management teams – critical resources for supporting the academic missions of our College.

We invite you to become part of the energetic UK College of Nursing program so that you may contribute to shaping the landscape of nursing and serving the nation through improving health. Whether you’re interested in lung health and healthy environments with at-risk populations like Dr. Ellen Hahn, cardiovascular and pulmonary health like Dr. Debra Moser, maternal and child health like Dr. Kristin Ashford, the impact of rurality and poverty on health, like Dr. Borders, health equity among racial/ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations, like Dr. Williams, or behavioral health and wellness among individuals facing behavioral health challenges, like Dr. Okoli – there are always exciting opportunities in nursing science.

Please learn more by reading our 2020-2021 Office of Nursing Research Annual Report. 

Associate Dean of Research and Smith Professor in Nursing Research

Gia Mudd-Martin, PhD

Practice and Community

Practice & Community Engagement

The College of Nursing commits to improving the quality of life of Kentuckians through engagement, outreach and service.

The Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing's Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center opened in September 2015 in an effort to fill a need for accessible, basic health services in Jessamine County.


We strive to provide global opportunities in education, research, practice and service for our undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

263 faculty published data-based manuscripts

in referred journals over the past two years.

307 research-focused presentations

at professional conferences from our faculty over the past two years.

Recent Research News

UK Researchers' Study Focuses on Preventing Deaths of Pregnant Women

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2023) — A team of researchers at the University of Kentucky is working to reduce the number of deaths and injuries among pregnant and postpartum women through an online training program for UK students in helping professions across nine UK colleges.

CHANGE Team seeking intermittent data collectors to support Fit & Faithful project

The CHANGE Team is seeking intermittent data collectors to support the Fit & Faithful project. Data collectors will be paid and receive mileage reimbursement. For more information please see the flyer and or contact Erika Karle, 

Markey study: New program shows promise in reducing financial burden of cancer care

The rising cost of cancer care puts patients and their caregivers at increased risk of experiencing financial toxicity, a term used to describe financial hardship caused by out-of-pocket treatment costs. A new University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center study published in JCO Oncology Practice found that the use of a financial navigator can significantly reduce financial toxicity for patients with hematologic cancer and their caregivers.