Diverse and Committed Community of Collaborators

CHET’s strength lies in its diverse and committed community of collaborators. With funding provided mainly by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), our faculty focus on a variety of topics including cancer prevention, control, and survivorship; substance use; aging and dementia; diabetes and obesity; cardiovascular disease, and multiple morbidities. These faculty members represent varied disciplines, including biobehavioral health, sociology, anthropology, biostatistics, clinical psychology, communications, and health behavior/public health. 

The CHET team includes a founding director and an associate director, ten primary faculty, 11 professional staff, eight graduate research assistants, 18 core faculty affiliates, and over 200 affiliates across UK’s 19 colleges.

Primary Faculty

Primary Faculty are co-located in the Healthy Kentucky Research Building and conduct transformative research across various disciplines, health conditions, and populations. They lead CHET’s training, programming, research, communication, budget, and community engagement efforts and foster the center’s mission across campus, in the community, and across the nation. Primary faculty also mentor CHET’s graduate research assistants, contribute to recruitment efforts, and support all activities of the center.

Core Faculty

Core Faculty members are dedicated and accomplished health equity researchers from UK’s 19 colleges whose work spans a wide array of health-related issues, populations, and approaches. They support CHET’s mission by serving on center search committees, reviewing pilot grant applications, mentoring trainees, and providing input on center activities


CHET Affiliates are faculty and staff across UK’s campus that support CHET’s vision of achieving health equity locally, nationally, and internationally. Affiliates attend center events and assist with disseminating training and funding opportunities

22-23 CHET GRAs in front of greenery
CHET Graduate Research Assistants
CHET Core Faculty
CHET Primary Faculty