Faculty

Dr. Shyanika RoseShyanika W. Rose, PhD, MA, is a faculty member of the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine. She is also a member of the Cancer Prevention program of the Markey Cancer Center. Dr. Rose’s research focuses on policy approaches to reducing disparities in tobacco use, and her interests include point of sale marketing, advertising, distribution in neighborhoods, initiation of tobacco use, the amount of tobacco products used by individuals, and the challenges associated with quitting. Dr. Rose has published over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and is currently the Principal Investigator on an National Cancer Institute grant examining the equity implications of local flavored tobacco sales restrictions. As a faculty member of CHET, she plans to continue her equity-focused tobacco research while also applying her skills in public policy and evaluation to other equity issues, particularly marketing strategies in the food, alcohol, and cannabis industries that negatively impact the health of marginalized groups.

Selected Publications: 

Rose SW, Johnson AL, Glasser AM, Villanti AC, Ambrose BK, Conway K, Cummings KM, Stanton CA, Delnevo C, Wackowski OA, Edwards KC, Feirman SP, Bansal-Travers M, Bernat J, Holder-Hayes E, Green V, Silveira ML, Zhou Y, Abudayyeh H, Hyland A. Flavour types used by youth and adult tobacco users in wave 2 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study 2014-2015. Tob Control. 2020 Jul;29(4):432-446. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054852. Epub 2019 Sep 21. PubMed PMID: 31542778; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7462091.

Rose SW, Amato MS, Anesetti-Rothermel A, Carnegie B, Safi Z, Benson AF, Czaplicki L, Simpson R, Zhou Y, Akbar M, Younger Gagosian S, Chen-Sankey JC, Schillo BA. Characteristics and Reach Equity of Policies Restricting Flavored Tobacco Product Sales in the United States. Health Promot Pract. 2020 Jan;21(1_suppl):44S-53S. doi: 10.1177/1524839919879928. PubMed PMID: 31908207; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6988448.

Rose SW, Mayo A, Ganz O, Perreras L, D'Silva J, Cohn A. Perceived racial/ethnic discrimination, marketing, and substance use among young adults. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2019 Oct-Dec;18(4):558-577. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2018.1425949. Epub 2018 Feb 9. PubMed PMID: 29424638.

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Laurie McLouth, PhD is a faculty member of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, and an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the Markey Cancer Center. She is a clinical psychologist and the goal of her research program is to improve the lives of patients and families affected by advanced stage cancer by developing, testing, and disseminating multi-level supportive care interventions that are easily embedded in existing workflows. She is a behavioral researcher with expertise and research interests that include: (1) conducting quantitative and qualitative research to understand the impact of new cancer treatments on patients and their families; (2) developing and evaluating supportive care and survivorship care interventions that leverage positive psychology; and (3) identifying multi-level intervention targets to improve cancer care delivery and increase access to guideline-concordant cancer care. Her currently funded research focuses on testing the feasibility of a nurse-led hope-enhancing intervention for metastatic lung cancer patients during cancer treatment (R03 CA235171-01A1) and conducting a multi-level assessment of current practices, barriers, and facilitators to non-hospice palliative care for advanced stage lung cancer in rural oncology practices in Kentucky (ACS IRG 16-182-28).


Jerod L. Stapleton, PhD, is a member of the Center for Health Equity Transformation Executive Committee, an Associate Professor of Health, Behavior & Society, and the co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Markey Cancer Center. Dr. Stapleton is  a prevention scientist with expertise and research interests that include: (1) conducting qualitative and quantitative etiological studies to better understand health behavior through the lens of a variety of behavioral and decision-making theories; (2) applying etiological insights and prevention science principles to the design and evaluation of behavioral interventions; and (3) utilizing digital platforms for delivering behavioral interventions. He has a sustained history of NIH research funding and has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles in high impact medical, psychology, and public health journals. His funded research focuses on explicating the impact of social and cultural factors on cancer risk behaviors, specifically the use of indoor tanning beds by adolescents and young adults, as well as the development and evaluation of theory-driven behavioral interventions to reduce tanning with an emphasis on delivery via social media and other digital platforms. His skin cancer prevention research has been cited by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Carolyn Lauckner, PhD is a faculty member of the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine. Her research is focused on behavioral interventions that utilize modern communication technologies to encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors. Her research interests include addressing substance use among vulnerable populations and as a means of facilitating cancer prevention and control. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIAAA-funded grant testing a mobile health intervention for reducing alcohol use among people living with HIV/AIDS, a co-PI on an NCI-funded grant aiming to reduce alcohol use among rural adolescent and young adult cancer survivors,  is a co-Investigator on two large grants using mobile phones to collect GPS-based electronic momentary assessment data on place-based predictors of risky behaviors.

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