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Kristin Ashford PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Faculty & Interprofessional Education Affairs

Dr. Kristin Ashford received her BSN from Washburn University, Topeka, Kan., and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Louisville. She received her PhD in nursing from the University of Kentucky in 2007.  Dr. Ashford is a Professor, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and researcher at the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Ashford severs as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Faculty and Interprofessional Education, while also serving as the Director of the Perinatal Research and Wellness Center. The majority of her studies exclusivity focus on improving health for pregnant and postpartum women with addiction, primarily tobacco, electronic cigarette and opioid use disorder. She is an internationally known nursing expert in the field of perinatal tobacco use, immune response research, and preterm birth (PTB). She has developed a trimester-specific bio-maker data collection approach that has gained national recognition in multiple disciplines (nursing, maternal-fetal-medicine, addiction medicine, dentistry). She has created a data-base of over 1000 pregnant and parenting women including prospectively collected demographic, psychosocial and immune markers in four biological media. This breathe of data is being used to develop a novel bio-behavioral PTB-risk assessment that will inform early interventions for at-risk women.

Since 2012, as a primary investigator (PI), she has submitted 15 high impact state, foundation or federal grants. She has been awarded over 6 million in federal funding including a Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation (CMMI) grant, National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Institute of Drug and Alcohol Research (NIDA) award, and NIDA Supplement.  Dr. Ashford has been instrumental in the development of the Perinatal Assistance and Treatment Home (PATHways) and Beyond Birth program with nearly 200 pregnant women with SUDs enrolled in the program.  This programis receiving significant national attention due to having significant reductions in neonatal abstinence and maternal relapse.  PATHway-Beyond Birth has recently been highlighted in several state and national venues

Dr. Ashford led and directed the development the Perinatal Research and Wellness Center (PRWC). A team of 12 faculty and staff provide cutting edge research in perinatal addiction.  PRWC uses translational research to inform women, providers and policymakers about current perinatal issues while empowering women to optimize maternal and child health through positive behavioral change. Tailored programs help women holistically reduce modifiable risk behaviors associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes (specifically perinatal addictions), while also identifying early prenatal biomarkers of preterm birth.  Further, she has led a team to be the first in the nation to examine the impact of electronic cigarette and dual use behaviors on prenatal immune response and birth outcomes. Due to the significant rise in cannabis use among pregnant women, her team was awarded a NIDA Supplement (2017) and will also be among the first in the nation to study the combined effects of cannabis and electronic cigarette use in pregnant women. These community based and national works both aim to reduce preterm birth and advance novel discovery of perinatal opioid and tobacco treatment programs and interventions.

Dr. Ashford has recently been selected as a FNINR Ambassador.  She will be on the frontline in helping to educate policy makers on both state and federal levels on the importance of nursing research and the necessary funding required to support the health and wellbeing of all Americans.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 257-9333

Fax: (859) 323-1057

Email: kristin.ashford1@uky.edu

Office: 447 COLLEGE OF NURSING BUILDING

Education

BIRCWH Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Health, 2009
PhD, University of Kentucky, 2007
MSN, University Of Louisville, 2000
BSN, Washburn University, 1991

Interests

Preterm birth; inflammation; tobacco use/secondhand smoke exposure during pregnancy

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Dr. Kristin Ashford's CV

Publications

Fallin, A. Miller, A. Assef, S. Ashford, K. B. Perceptions of electronic cigarette among medicaid eligible pregnant and postpartum women. (2016), Journal of Obsetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 45 (3), 320-325.

Ashford, K. B. Wiggins, A. T. Butler, K. M. Ickes, M. J. Rayens, E. Hahn, E. J. Advertising exposure and use of e-cigarettes among female current and former tobacco users of childbearing age. . (2016), Public Health Nursing 65 (5), 408-414.

Ashford, K. B. Chavan, N. R. Wiggins, A. T. McCubbin, A. Barnett, J. O'Brien, J. M. Patterns of Systemic and cervicovaginal fluid (CVF) inflammatory analytes throughout pregnancy: Relation to preterm birth. . (2016), American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynocology

Chavan, N. R. Ashford, K. B. Wiggins, A. T. McCubbin, A. Barnett, J. O'Brien, J. M. Th early pregnancy bio-inflammatory milieu in gestational diabetes mellitus . (2016), American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynocology

Chavan, N. R. Ashford, K. B. Wiggins, A. T. McCubbin, A. Barnett, J. O'Brien, J. M. The early pregnancy bio-inflammatory milieu and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. (2016), American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynocology

Presentations

Fallin, A., Ashford, K. B., Burkhart, P. V. 2017, February. Annual Undergraduate Nursing Research Symposium Pre-conference workshop. SNRS Annual Conference, Southern Nursing Research Society, Dallas, TX United States.

Aleshire, M. E., Ashford, K. B., Hatcher, J. 2016, October. Exploring Primary Care Providers' Attitudes Toward LGBTQ People: Implications for Nursing Research, Education, and Practice. 42nd Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society, The Transcultural Nursing Society, Cincinnati, OH United States.

Aleshire, M. E., Ashford, K. B., Hatcher, J. 2016, October. Primary Care Providers' Attitudes Related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning People: A Literature Review and Implications. American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo, American Public Health Association, Denver, CO United States.

Aleshire, M. E., Ashford, K. B., Hatcher, J. 2016, October. Exploring Primary Care Providers' Attitudes Related to LGBTQ People: Implications for Nursing Research, Education, and Practice. 42nd Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society, Transcultural Nursing Society, Cincinnati, OH United States.

Aleshire, M. E., Ashford, K. B., Hatcher, J. 2016, October. (in review) Primary Care Providers' Attitudes Related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning People: A Literature Review and Implications. American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo, Denver, CO .

Grants

Nightingale Perinatal Assistance and Treatment Home (PATHways Program)
Project Period: Monday, January 1, 2018
Total Award: $600,000
Sponsor: Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation
University Partnership
Project Period: Sunday, July 1, 2018
Total Award: $1,383,411
Sponsor: Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services
Prenatal and Postpartum Training
Project Period: Sunday, July 1, 2018
Total Award: $43,422
Sponsor: KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services
UK Prenatal and Post-Partum Training
Project Period: Friday, July 1, 2016
Total Award: $17,101
Sponsor: Department for Public Health, Commonwealth of Kentucky
University of Kentucky College of Nursing/Barnstable Brown Diabetes Education Program
Project Period: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Total Award: $10,000
Sponsor: American Association of Diabetes Educators