Carol Riker MSN, RN
Associate Professor Emeritus

Carol Riker is a faculty associate with the UK Tobacco Policy Research Program and the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy and was co-investigator and community advisor for the NHLBI-funded study, An Intervention for Promoting Smoke-free Policy in Rural Kentucky. She developed a coalition guidebook, Growing People: Building and Maintaining Coalitions for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation. Riker received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her master's degree from the University of Kentucky. She has taught public health nursing for the college since 1974. She has collaborated with schools and local health departments in youth health promotion initiatives for heart health, safety, and HIV prevention. She has been an active advocate for seat belt safety, tobacco use prevention, and smoke-free policy. In 2001 Riker received the Louise J. Zegeer award for undergraduate teaching from UK College of Nursing. In 2005 she received a Person of Promise Award from the Family Care Center Volunteer Board in Lexington. In 2006 she received a Service Recognition Award from the Kentucky School Nurses Association and also a Community Empowerment Center Award for contributions to the Gainesway community in Lexington. She received the Wethington Award in 2006 and 2007 from the College of Nursing for her research productivity. In November 2007 she was among the first seven recipients of the University of Kentucky Provost's Distinguished Service Professors Award, which honors faculty for their consistently high level of achievement in their service contributions to their disciplines, the University, and the public.

Contact Information

Fax: (859) 323-1057

Email: riker@email.uky.edu

Office: 751 ROSE STREET


MSN, University of Kentucky, 1974
BSN, University of Michigan, 1967


Health promotion, especially for children and teens; tobacco policy to promote prevention and cessation


Riker, C. A. Butler, K. M. Ricks, J. M. Record, R. A. Begley, K. Anderson, D. G. Hahn, E. J. (Epub ahead of print) Creating Effective Media Messaging for Rural Smoke-free Policy. (2015), Public Health Nursing

Riker, C. A. Butler, K. M. Ricks, J. M. Record, R. A. Begley, K. Anderson, D. G. Hahn, E. J. (in press) Creating effective media messaging for rural smoke-free policy. (2015), Public Health Nursing 32 (6), 613-624.

Riker, C. A. Hahn, E. J. Brown, H. E-cigarettes: What nurses need to know. (2014), Kentucky Nurse 62 (2), 6.

Cho, H. Lee, K. Hwang, Y. Richardson, P. Sidney, H. Teeters, E. Record, R. Riker, C. A. Hahn, E. J. Outdoor tobacco smoke exposure at the perimeter of a tobacco-free university. (2014), Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 64 (8), 863-866.

Butler, K. M. Begley, K. Riker, C. A. Gokun, Y. Anderson, D. G. Adkins, S. Record, A. Hahn, E. J. Smoke-free coalition cohesiveness in rural tobacco-growing communities. (2013), Journal of Community Health 39 (3), 592-598.


Riker, C. A., Bucher, A., Hahn, E. J. 2015, June. Building Blocks for Creating Smoke-free Communities. Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) Regional Trainings, Frankfort, Somerset and Bowling Green, KY .

Riker, C. A. 2015, April. Unique Challenges posed by E-cigarettes. Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy Spring Conference, Lexington, KY .

Riker, C. A. 2014, November. Unique Challenges posed by E-cigarettes. DrugFreeLex, Lexington, KY .

Hahn, E. J., Riker, C. A. 2014, November. E-cigarettes and Lexington’s Smoke-free Ordinance (247-2008). Lexington Urban County Council Government Services Committee, Lexington, KY .

Riker, C. A., Hahn, E. J., Lee, K., Robertson, H. E., Sidney, H. 2013, January. Breathe Easy Floyd County. Indoor Air Quality Press Conference, Prestonsburg, KY .