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Claire D. Clark, PhD

110 Medical Behavioral Science Building


  • Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

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Biography and Education


Dr. Claire Clark is an interdisciplinary historian of medicine and public health and an Associate Professor (Special Title Series) in the Department of Behavioral Science. Over the past six years, she has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Clinical and Translational Science; Director of the new premedical certificate program in Medical Behavioral Science; Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council; Chair of the Admissions and Curriculum Committees; and co-course director of MD 811: Introduction to Clinical Medicine. She received a 2022 Academy of Medical Educators Award in Teaching and Leadership. She was the principal investigator of two grants funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the author of The Recovery Revolution: The Battle Over Addiction Treatment in the United States (Columbia University Press, 2017), and the co-curator of several archival collections related to the history of therapeutic community addiction treatment in the United States, now housed at UK Libraries. Her current research projects include a guide to social medicine for premedical students and a nascent historical investigation of the “behavioral health” field. Before coming to the University of Kentucky in January 2015, she received her PhD and MPH from Emory University and held fellowships at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


PhD, Emory University

MPH, Emory University

BA, Vassar College

Dr. Clark joined the University of Kentucky’s Department of Behavioral Science as Special Title Series faculty responsible for supporting the department’s educational mission in 2015. Dual trained as an interdisciplinary historian of medicine (PhD) and behavioral scientist (MPH), she dedicates most of her effort to developing educational programs with secondary effort dedicated to research and service.


Selected Publications