Gia Mudd-Martin PhD, MPH, RN, FAHA
Associate Professor

Gia Mudd-Martin earned her Master of Nursing, Master of Public Health, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. Dr. Mudd-Martin is an associate professor of nursing at the UK College of Nursing and Director of the Community Engagement and Research Core of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). She also currently serves as Executive Director of the Appalachian Translational Research Network and as 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 populations disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Much of her research is conducted with Hispanic/Latino communities and with Appalachian communities. Her work addresses multi-level risk from genetic and biological factors to psychosocial and environmental factors. She is currently principal investigator (PI) of an NIH/NINR/OBSSR-funded grant to reduce CVD and T2D risk among Hispanic/Latino families and of a CCTS-funded grant to support resiliency among children in Appalachia, and serves as co-investigator of several studies.  

Dr. Mudd-Martin is active in multiple professional organizations including the American Heart Association for which she serves on the Cardiovascular Nursing and Stroke Council and the Council of Genomics and Precision Medicine, the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Sigma Theta Tau International, Partners for the Advancement of Community Engaged Research (PACER), and the Appalachian Translational Research Network for which she currently serves as Executive Director. In 2017 she was inducted as a fellow of the American Heart Association.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 257-4204

Fax: (859) 323-1057




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)
Project Period: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Total Award: $2,587,193
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research