Gia Mudd-Martin PhD, MPH, RN, FAHA
Associate Professor and Dr. E. Vernon Smith, Bertice Henry Smith & Bertice Harold Smith Professor in Nursing Research

Gia Mudd-Martin, PhD, MPH, RN, earned her Masters of Nursing and of Public Health as well as her PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. She is an associate professor of nursing at the UK College of Nursing, Director of the Community Engagement and Research Core of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Co-Lead of the UK Superfund Research Center, and Co-Director of the College of Nursing RICH Heart Program.  

Dr. Mudd-Martin’s program of community based participatory research focuses on improving health outcomes in communities disproportionately burdened by cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Much of her research is conducted in collaboration with the Latinx community and with the Appalachian Kentucky community. Her research addresses multi-level CVD and T2D risk factors, from genetic and biological to psychosocial and environmental factors. She is currently principal investigator (PI) of two NIH-funded grants to examine the efficacy of CVD and T2D risk reduction interventions, one among Latinx families and the second among rural Kentucky families. As well, she is multi-PI of a pilot grant to develop an intervention to support resiliency among Appalachian youth and is co-investigator of several other studies and center grants.  

Dr. Mudd-Martin is active in multiple professional organizations. Among these is the American Heart Association for which she serves on committees of both the Cardiovascular Nursing and Stroke Council and the Council of Genomics and Precision Medicine; in 2017 she was inducted as a fellow of the American Heart Association. She also serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the Appalachian Translational Research Network.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 257-4204

Fax: (859) 323-1057


Office: Suite 401, 2201 Regency Road, Lexington, KY 40503


PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2007
MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2002
MSN, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2002
BSN, University of Louisville, 1988


Health inequities research with Hispanic/Latino, Appalachian, and rural populations; cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes risk reduction across the lifespan.


Dr. Gia Mudd-Martin's CV


Corazon de la Familia (Heart of the Family)
Grant Primary Investigator: Gia Mudd-Martin
Project Period: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Total Award: $2,587,193
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research