Ana Maria Linares DNS, RN, IBCLC
Associate Professor

Ana Maria Linares graduated in 1981 and received her degree in midwifery from the University of Chile. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Science degree in 2006 from the University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. The focus of her dissertation research was to determine factors associated with prenatal care initiation in Mexican women. In 2009 she obtained her RN license in Kentucky. Dr. Linares previously worked as associate professor at the University of Tarapaca in Arica-Chile, where she served as a dean at the College of Midwifery and as a professor of obstetrics and neonatology. She also served as a breastfeeding consultant and specialist at the Health Service in Chile. Dr. Linares joined the faculty at the UK College of Nursing in 2009 as an assistant professor, teaching obstetric nursing in the undergraduate program. For her trajectory as a researcher, she has been accepted as a faculty associate in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women at UK.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-4726

Fax: (859) 323-1057




Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Texas, Health Science Center, 2007
DNS, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, 2006
Pre-doctoral fellowship, University of Texas, Health Science Center, 2005
BS, Universidad de Tarapaca, 1998
Diploma, Universidad de Chile, 1991
BS, Universidad de Chile, 1981


OB nurse, breastfeeding advocate
Predictors of prenatal care initiation and violence against women in the prenatal period


Dr. Ana Maria Linares' CV


adegboyega, a. Aleshire, M. E. Linares, A. Examining cervical cancer screening utilization among African immigrant women: a literature review. (2017), International Journal of Women's Health and Wellness 3 (1),

Linares, A. Making breastfeeding best for women working outside the home. (2016), Lexington Herald Leader, Health Column

Linares, A. Wambach, K. Rayens, M. K. Wiggins, A. T. Coleman, E. Dignan, M. B. Modeling the influence of early skin-to-skin contact on exclusive breastfeeding in a sample of Hispanic Immigrant women. (2016), Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Linares, A. Wambach, K. Rayens, M. K. Wiggins, A. T. Coleman, E. Dignan, M. B. Modeling the influence of early skin-to-skin contact on exclusive breastfeeding in a sample of Hispanic immigrant women. (2016), Journal of Minority and Immigrant Health

Linares, A. Hall, L. A. Ashford, K. B. Psychometric testing of the autonomy and relatedness inventory, Spanish version. (2015), Journal of Nursing Measurement 23 (1), 27-37.


Linares, A. 2016, October. Detección de biomarcadores asociados al crecimiento del infante durante la lactancia. 15th Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium, Mexico City, Mexico.

Linares, A., Rayens, M. K., Wiggins, A. T., Dignan, M. 2016, October. Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Exclusive Breastfeeding in Hispanic Mothers. American Public Health Association 2016 Conference, American Public Health Association, Denver, CO United States.

Linares, A., Coleman, C., Parente, A. 2016, May. Attitudes, Practices, and Knowledge on Human Lactation Among Nursing Students. 12th Annual Faculty Development Workshop, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, KY United States.

Linares, A. 2016, June. Prevention of transmission of Infections. South East Migrant Education Program, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY Other / Multiple Countries.

Linares, A. 2016, February. Combating Health Disparities in Diverse Communities. Health College Student Diversity Services, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY United States.


Early Childhood Obesity Risk Reduction Program in Hispanics (ECOR-H)
Project Period: Friday, January 1, 2016
Total Award: $25,000
Sponsor: University of Kentucky, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Peer counseling intervention to enhance breastfeeding in low-income infant-mother dyads in Central Kentucky
Project Period: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Total Award: $50,547
Sponsor: Passport Health Plan