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Aaron J Kruse-Diehr, PhD


(859) 323-7358
2195 Harrodsburg Rd., Suite 125


  • Associate Professor

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Other Affiliation(s)
  • Family and Community Medicine - Turfland
  • Markey Cancer Center - Affiliated Faculty

Biography and Education


Dr. Aaron J Kruse-Diehr is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine; associate director for implementation science in the UK Center for Health Services Research; co-director of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Center for Implementation, Dissemination & Evidence-based Research (CIDER); core faculty in the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET); director of the UK CCTS Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK); member of the Markey Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control (CP) Research Program; and inaugural fellow in the 2023–24 Markey Cancer Center Leaders Advancing UNity and Cancer Health Equity (LAUNCH) Academy. 

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  • PhD, Health Education, University of Toledo
  • MA, English, DePaul University
  • BA, English, The Ohio State University


Dr. Kruse-Diehr is an implementation scientist whose funded research (NCI, NIDDK, Anthem Inc.) applies combined determinants and outcomes frameworks, such as iterative PRISM and RE-AIM, to behavioral health interventions in organizational settings. His primary research program focuses on increasing colorectal cancer screening rates among populations disproportionately affected by cancer (e.g., African Americans, rural Appalachian Kentuckians) in clinical and community sites by matching novel implementation strategies to stool-based colorectal cancer screening interventions. Secondarily, he conducts research on the implementation of diabetes patient self-management interventions that focus mainly on the mechanisms of peer support, tailored education, and patient needs that address social determinants of health.

Selected Publications

Tillewein H, Becker J, Kruse-Diehr A. Institutional barriers to healthcare services among transgender individuals in the rural Midwest [published online ahead of print, 2023 Jun 8]. J Homosex. 2023;1-17. doi:10.1080/00918369.2023.2222204

Paskett ED, Kruse-Diehr AJ, Oliveri JM, et al. Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and Follow-up through Implementation Science (ACCSIS) in Appalachia: protocol for a group randomized, delayed intervention trial [published online ahead of print, 2023 May 18]. Transl Behav Med. 2023;ibad017. doi:10.1093/tbm/ibad017

Lewis-Thames MW, Leahy N, Kruse-Diehr AJ, et al. Adapting a research and community capacity-building program to address rural cancer burden and facilitate partnership development between rural community stakeholders and an urban comprehensive cancer center. J Cancer Educ. 2023;38(4):1245-1255. doi:10.1007/s13187-022-02256-7

Kruse-Diehr AJ, Cegelka D, Holtsclaw E, et al. Barriers and facilitators to stool-based screening for colorectal cancer among black Louisville residents. J Cancer Educ. 2023;38(3):1050-1058. doi:10.1007/s13187-022-02231-2

Smalls BL, Eddens K, Kruse-Diehr A, Williams E, Ortz CL. Assessing the availability of trusted health information in a rural Appalachia community using social network analysis. Heliyon. 2023;9(3):e13774. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e13774. 

Kruse-Diehr AJ, Lewis-Thames MW, Wiedenman E, James A, Chambers L. Perspectives of cancer prevention and control resources from stakeholders in rural southern Illinois. J Rural Health. 2022;38(2):398-408. doi:10.1111/jrh.12606

Kruse-Diehr AJ, Dignan M, Cromo M, et al. Building cancer prevention and control research capacity in rural Appalachian Kentucky primary care clinics during COVID-19: development and adaptation of a multilevel colorectal cancer screening project. J Cancer Educ. 2022;37(5):1407-1413. doi:10.1007/s13187-021-01972-w

Ko LK, Scarinci IC, Bouchard EG...Kruse-Diehr A, et al. A framework for equitable partnerships to promote cancer prevention and control in rural settings. JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2022;6(2):pkac017. doi:10.1093/jncics/pkac017

Kruse-Diehr AJ, Oliveri JM, Vanderpool RC, et al. Development of a multilevel intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening in Appalachia. Implement Sci Commun. 2021;2(1):51. Published 2021 May 19. doi:10.1186/s43058-021-00151-8

Dignan M, Kruse-Diehr A. Increasing cervical cancer prevention through HPV testing: challenges in developing persuasive messages. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2021;14(9):823-824. doi:10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-21-0179

Kruse-Diehr AJ, McDaniel JT, Lewis-Thames MW, James AS, Yahaya M. Racial residential segregation and colorectal cancer mortality in the Mississippi Delta Region. Prev Chronic Dis. 2021;18:E14. Published 2021 Feb 18. doi:10.5888/pcd18.200483

Kruse-Diehr AJ, Lee MJ, Shackelford J, Saidou Hangadoumbo F. The state of research on faith community nursing in public health interventions: results from a systematic review. J Relig Health. 2021;60(2):1339-1374. doi:10.1007/s10943-020-01168-4

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