Mary Kay Rayens PhD

Mary Kay Rayens received her undergraduate degree in biology in 1986 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master's degree in statistics in 1989 from UK. She completed her doctorate in statistics, also at UK, in 1993. The focus of her dissertation research was the detection of clusters of disease over time. Dr. Rayens is a biostatistician with more than a decade of experience in designing and planning complex longitudinal intervention studies. She has served as a co-investigator on university and extramurally funded projects involving issues such as tobacco control, drug prevention, depression in college women and single mothers, satisfaction with mental health services, farm safety, and asthma management in children. In addition to the data management and analysis aspects of collaborations, her interests include tobacco policy development, tobacco use and cessation, secondhand smoke exposure, asthma interventions for children and adolescents, women's mental health, farm safety, and the work and health of older farmers. She teaches biostatistics in the graduate program.

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PhD, University of Kentucky, 1993
MS, University of Kentucky, 1989
BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986


Tobacco policy; women's mental health; biostatistics


Dr. Mary Kay Rayens's CV


Warshawsky, N. E. Wiggins, A. T. Rayens, M. K. The influence of the practice environment on nurse managers' job satisfaction and intent to leave(Published ahead of print). (2016), Journal of Nursing Administration 46 (10), 501-507.

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

Noland, M. Ickes, M. J. Rayens, M. K. Butler, K. M. Social influences on use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and hookah by college students. (2016), journal of American College Health 64 (4), 319-328.

Arentsen, A. Welsh, J. Jones, M. Weber, D. Taylor, S. Kuperstein, J. Rayens, M. K. Salt, E. G. Student perception of improvement in communication and value in 2 interprofessional education delivery formats. (2016), Nurse Educator 41 (2), 90-92.

Overfield, B. L. Andrews, W. M. Robertson, H. Rayens, M. K. Hahn, E. J. Radon research collaboration between the Kentucky Geological Survey and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing: An innovative partnership. (2016), Geological Society of American Special Papers (520), 267-271.


Hardin-Fanning, F., Witt, C. D., Rayens, M. K. 2017, July. Factors associated with food insecurity in rural Central Appalachia. Nutrition Education and Behavior International Research Conference, Nutrition Education and Behavior International Research, Washington, DC United States.

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.

Ickes, M. J., Wiggins, A. T., Rayens, M. K., Hahn, E. J. 2016, October. Students’ perceived effectiveness of a campus tobacco-free policy. . World Conference on Lung Health, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Rayens, M. K., Ickes, M. J., Butler, K. M., Wiggins, A. T., Anderson, D. G., Hahn, E. J. 2016, November. University students perceived risk of and intention to use hookah and e-cigarettes. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting , Denver, CO United States.

Ashford, K. B., Barnett, J., Wiggins, A. T., Gomez, M., Butler, K. M., Rayens, M. K., Hahn, E. J. 2016, . E-cigarette use among pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Southern Nursing Research Society, Williamsburg, VA United States.