Research is an essential component of our mission. Faculty and students in the College of Nursing are committed to advancing nursing science by promoting the health and health care of individuals, families, communities and populations through research. The development, utilization and translation of knowledge from our research improve the lives of those we serve. Please be sure to review our:

Active Grants
Research Centers, Programs and Areas
Office of Nursing Research

Annual Research Reports

Points of Pride

  • Boasting more than $32.2 million in its research portfolio, the College of Nursing was ranked 16th for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among all public and private nursing schools in 2019.
  • Topics of funded programs of research include cardiovascular disease, tobacco control policy, diabetes, cancer, agricultural heath, health disparities, maternal-child health, chronic pain, acute injuries and mental health.
  • Research faculty members submit an average of 3.1 grants and seven databased publications and presentations each year.
  • Over the past two years, faculty have published 263 databased manuscripts in referred journals and conducted 303 research-focused presentations at professional conferences.
  • Through supportive funding efforts from the University of Kentucky Graduate School and Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Nursing averages 20 research assistant slots and six fellowship slots per year.

See how our researchers are increasing the health and wellness of our communities below:


Dr. Debra Reed: Q&A

  • Dr. Reed is internationally recognized for her expertise in occupational health research with a focus on reduction of trauma and promoting safety among agricultural populations in rural areas.
  • Due to Dr. Deborah Reed’s collaborative work, the number of children who have died on U.S. farms has declined from 365 in 1996 to 114 in 2014.
  • Dr. Reed’s research has also had an impact on national policy; she has made major contributions to national child farm safety programs and developed a national curriculum for high school agriculture safety education.

Dr. Ellen J. Hahn: Q&A

  • Dr. Hahn is a tobacco control researcher also interested in environmental health and risk reduction. She aims to prevent illness by making healthy choices the easy choices for communities.
  • Dr. Hahn was instrumental in creating Lexington’s smoke-free law, which caused a dramatic decline in adult smoking in the city and saved nearly $21 million in health care costs.
  • 15 percent of people with lung cancer have been exposed to both secondhand smoke and radon, a lethal combination that makes people 10 times more likely to get cancer.

Dr. Debra Moser: Self-Care & Depression

  • Dr. Debra Moser works to identify ways to improve a patient’s self-care ability and also looks at barriers to self-care such as depression.
  • The rate of depression in cardiac patients is 25 percent, compared to the rate of the general population of 2-3 percent.
  • She has pioneered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for patients and their families in a simple self-care intervention that can prevent the onset of depressive symptoms.


Dr. Misook Chung: Family Sodium Watchers Program

  • A new study at UK is helping is using electronic salt spoons and mini iPads to help patients reduce salt intake.
  • Dr. Chung uses the gradual adaptation approach to teach patients as well as their families how to change their salt appetite over time by eating low sodium food.
  • With NIH funding, the “Family Sodium Watcher Program” is recruiting 220 patients and their families and will watch long term outcomes of patients such as re-hospitalization.