Chizimuzo (Zim) Okoli PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN, NCTTP, FAAN

Chizimuzo (Zim) Okoli received his undergraduate degrees in nursing and philosophy from the University of Kentucky. He subsequently earned a Master of Science in Nursing (2002), Master of Science in Public Health (2005), and his Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (2005), all from UK. In 2008 he completed a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral traineeship in tobacco research at the University of British Columbia. In 2010 he further completed a CIHR postdoctoral fellowship in gender, mental health and addictions through the University of British Columbia. Dr. Okoli is a professor at the UK College of Nursing and he directs the Behavioral Health and Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BHWELL) at the UK College of Nursing. He also directs the Behavioral Health Research and Evidence-Based Practice at Eastern State Hospital, a state-psychiatric facility in Lexington, KY.  Building upon his earlier work on the effects of tobacco smoke exposure on smoking behaviors, he currently focuses on addressing access to evidence-based treatments for people living with mental and behavioral health challenges. He is also actively involved in developing approaches to support mental and behavioral health providers to deliver evidence-based treatment within behavioral health settings. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2021.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-6606

Fax: (859) 323-1057

Email: ctokol1@uky.edu



Graduate Certificate, University of Kentucky, 2020
Post-doctoral Fellow, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), 2010
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, 2008
MPH, University of Kentucky, 2005
PhD, University of Kentucky, 2005
MSN, University of Kentucky, 2002
BSN, University of Kentucky, 1999


Developing and evaluating tobacco treatment programs for marginalized populations, particularly individuals living with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders


Dr. Zim Okoli's CV


Assessing the Impact of Long-Acting Injectables (LAIs) on Psychiatric Treatment Outcomes Among Medicaid Beneficiaries
Grant Primary Investigator: Zim Okoli
Project Period: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Total Award: $383,440 (Medicaid) and $383,440 (Match), Total= $766,880
Sponsor: Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services
Enhancing Tobacco Treatment in Community Mental Health Centers
Grant Primary Investigator: Zim Okoli
Project Period: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Total Award: $612,941
Sponsor: Kentucky Department of Public Health