Deborah Reed PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAOHN, FAAN
Professor, Distinguished Service Professor and Good Samaritan Endowed Chair

Deborah Reed received her BSN, MSN, MSPH, and PhD all from UK. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Reed is the Director of the newly funded Occupational Health Nurse PhD Training Program, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) as part of the Central Appalachian Educational Research Center. Her dissertation research on the occupational rehabilitation of farmers who have suffered an amputation was funded by a Nursing Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. She also received the 1997 International Dissertation Award from Sigma Theta Tau. In 2005, she received the Nan Hilt Research Writers Award from Orthopaedic Nursing for her manuscript based on this work, “Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Farmers with Amputations.” Her gerontology research gained her the Southern Nursing Research Society's John A. Hartford Geriatric Research Award in 2009. Dr. Reed was named a UK Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor in 2011 in recognition of her service to the university and the Commonwealth. She was appointed to the Good Samaritan Foundation Chair in Community Health Nursing in 2012. Dr. Reed came to the college from UK's Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention. Her interest in agricultural health issues is reflected in her program of research, which has included grants to study youth equestrian safety, community coalitions of farm women to address health and safety issues of farm families, education of high school youth about the risks of disabilities from agricultural injuries, sustained work of older farmers, vocational rehabilitation of migrant farm workers, evaluation of community-based farm safety day camps, agricultural health education for nurses, and issues of aging and farm work. Dr. Reed has worked with many organizations, including Agrability, the National Farm Bureau Federation, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Farm and Home Safety Council, the Kentucky Migrant Farm Worker Health Program, and the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. She currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety and the Board of Directors of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Agromedicine and Workplace Health and Safety, and is a regular reviewer for the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Journal; of Agricultural Safety and Health, and the National Agricultural Safety Database. In 1999, in recognition of her efforts in agricultural health and safety, Dr. Reed was named honorary Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture. In 2006, she was chosen as the U.S. representative to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Also in 2006, she received the College of Nursing Alumni Association Outstanding Researcher Award. In 2007 she received an honorary state FFA degree from the Kentucky FFA Organization (formerly the Future Farmers of America).

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 257-9636

Fax: (859) 323-1057

Email: dbreed01@email.uky.edu



PhD, University of Kentucky, 1996
MSPH, University of Kentucky, 1993
MSN, University of Kentucky, 1992
BSN, University of Kentucky, 1974


Agricultural health and injury prevention; occupational health issues of women; health care issues of older adults


Dr. Deborah Reed's CV


Browning, S. R. Westneat, S. C. Reed, D. B. Farm Work Injuries Among a Cohort of Children in Kentucky, USA. (2016), Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine 23 (4), 604-611.

Reed, D. B. Claunch, D. T. Protecting ourselves from harm: voices of aging farmers. (2015), Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 21 (4), 269-279.

Rayens, M. K. Reed, D. B. Predictors of depressive symptoms in older rural couples: The impact of work, stress and health. (2014), Journal of Rural Health 30 (1), 59-68.

Maciuba, S. A. Westneat, S. C. Reed, D. B. Active coping, personal satisfaction, and attachment to land in African-American farmers. (2013), Issues in Mental Health Nursing 34 (5), 335-343.

Browning, S. R. Westneat, S. C. Sanderson, W. T. Reed, D. B. Cattle-related injuries and farm management practices on Kentucky beef cattle farms. (2013), Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 19 (1), 37-49.


Forren, J. L., Reed, D. B., Rush, C. R. 2015, September. Postoperative Symptom Distress of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Patients. International Conference for PeriAnaesthesia Nurses, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Forren, J. L., Reed, D. B., Rush, C. R. 2015, September. Postoperative Symptom Distress of Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Patients. International Conference for PeriAnaesthesia Nurses, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Forren, J. L., Reed, D. B., Rush, C. R. 2015, March. Postoperative Symptom Distress of Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Patients. Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) National Congress, Denver, CO .

Reed, D. B. 2015, March. Farm Safety: It’s important not to forget. Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Conference, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Covington, KY .

Reed, D. B. 2015, August. Older Farmers’ Safety Strategies: What We’ve Learned. Arthritis, AgrAbility and Rural Health Conference, Knoxville, TN .


PI of Nurse AP ‑ Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention: Nurse AP
Project Period: Thursday, September 1, 2005
Total Award: $67,566
Sponsor: NIOSH
Farm Theater: A Novel Safety Strategy Approach for Agricultural Communities
Project Period: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Total Award: $1,226,186
Sponsor: NIOSH