Leadership

CHET DirectorNancy Schoenberg, Ph.D., is the Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science (College of Medicine) and Associate Vice President for Research on Health Disparities at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Schoenberg, a medical anthropologist and gerontologist, focuses on improving health equity through community-based participatory research approaches, with a specific emphasis on the prevention and control of chronic conditions. In partnership with community members, this research involves developing, administering, and evaluating community-engaged health promotion and disease prevention interventions. Dr. Schoenberg founded the Faith Moves Mountain community-based research organization in 2004 and has worked with rural residents to undertake rigorous, innovative RCTs. She has served as PI or co-PI on the following NIH grants: “An Intergenerational CBPR Intervention to Reduce Appalachian Health Disparities” (R01 DK081324, N=1200); ”Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment (Appal-TREE)” (R24MD008018, N=500); “An Appalachian Cervical Cancer Prevention Project”, R01CA108696, N=460); ”Faith Moves Mountains: A CBPR Appalachian Wellness & Cancer Prevention Program” (R24MD002757, N=2400); and Patient Navigation for Cervical Cancer in Appalachia (R01 CA120606, N=350).  She currently leads several research projects including “Community-engaged Research & Action to Reduce Respiratory Disease in Appalachia” (R01 ES024771); “Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment (Appal-TREE): Advancing Sustainable CBPR Interventions to Improve Healthy Diet in Rural Appalachian Children” (U01 MD010556), "Community to Clinic Navigation to Improve Diabetes Outcomes.” (R01 DK112136), and “Implementing an evidence-based mHealth energy balance intervention for a rural, Appalachian population. (R01HL152714). Reflecting her passion for research professional development, she is a MPI on a new postdoctoral training grant (1 T32 CA261786), “Addressing Rural cancer Inequities through Scientific Excellence (ARISE).” She and her colleagues have published over 150 peer reviewed publications in diverse, interdisciplinary journals. She has served as primary research mentor for over 50 junior colleagues, is a standing NIH study section member, serves on three editorial boards, regularly provides visiting lectures at the National Institutes of Health, served as the Associate Dean for Research in the UK College of Public Health, and was the Associate Editor of The Gerontologist for six years.

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CHET Associate Director for Dissemination and Outreach: Carrie Oser, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Sociology and interim Associate Dean of Research in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky.  She has a joint appointment in the Department of Behavioral Science, and is a faculty affiliate in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and the Center for Violence against Women (CRVAW).  Dr. Oser’s research interests include addiction health services, HIV risk behaviors/interventions, social networks, and implementation science. Her research has investigated disparity in health status and access to health services among racial minority, rural, low-income, and criminal justice populations. Dr. Oser has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as a PI to examine these research interests since 2006 and has published findings in over 100 peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. As CHET’s Associate Director for Dissemination and Outreach, her goal is to foster the growth of collaborative research-oriented relationships with faculty across UK’s campus and with community partners to promote health equity in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Dr. Meredith DuncanCHET Biostatistics Core Coordinator: Meredith Duncan, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics. Her PhD is in Epidemiology, but, with a Master’s in Biostatistics, she has a strong analytic background and considers herself an Applied Biostatistician. Dr. Duncan trained with the Framingham Heart Study at Boston University and the Center for Clinical Cardiovascular Research and Trials Evaluation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed her PhD at Vanderbilt University in July 2020 and joined the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in August of that same year. She loves team science and is always happy to support CHET faculty and affiliates in their research. Her research focuses on cardiovascular health disparities related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexual and gender identity. 

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Ariel ArthurCHET Manager: Ariel Arthur is a passionate, engaged public health professional with a focus on issues of equity and justice. She graduated from The George Washington University in May 2014 with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Public Health. While in college she developed a keen interest and commitment to eliminating barriers to optimal health for marginalized and disadvantaged communities, and chose to pursue a career in health equity. Ariel worked for over three years as a Health Policy Analyst with the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Office of Health Equity to reduce inequities throughout the commonwealth, and in the Chronic Disease Prevention Branch addressing issues of asthma and colon cancer. She currently serves as the Manager of the Center for Health Equity Transformation at the University of Kentucky, whose mission is to synergize innovative, transdisciplinary and impactful research and training to improve the health of the most vulnerable residents of Kentucky and beyond. Ariel is a California native and has also lived in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Now that she calls Kentucky home, she enjoys working to ensure all populations she serves achieve the highest level of wellbeing.

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