Research Team

Akosua K. Adu, DrPH, MSc, Program Coordinator I
Phone: 859.323.4346
Email: akosuaadu@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J522

Akosua joined the Center in October 2017. Prior to working for the CHSR, she served as an Epidemiologist with the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program at the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Akosua received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Ghana, and both her MSc in Nutritional Sciences and DrPH in Epidemiology from the University of Kentucky.

Jessica Clouser, MPH, CHSR Research Director
Phone: 859.323.6452
Email: jess.clouser@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J522

Jessica has worked in research project management for over ten years. Prior to her tenure at CHSR, she served as the co-principal investigator and project manager for a five-year, CDC-funded study looking at the occupational safety and health of Lation Thoroughbred farmworkers. She is interested in community-based research, research to practice, health disparities, and social determinants of health. She received her MPH in Health Behavior from the University of Kentucky where she also obtained a BA in English and Spanish with a minor in Anthropology.

Chris Cook, MS, Program Coordinator II
Phone: 859.218.4851
Email: jrco232@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J522

Chris joined the Center in October 2017. Prior to working for the CHSR, they served as a research coordinator in the Department of Behavioral science on a project regarding buprenorphine treatment and healthcare reform. Chris received their BA in Psychology from Baylor University and MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky.

Amy Mitchell Cowley, MA, Research Program Manager
Phone: 859.323.7079
Email: amy.mitchell@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J521

Amy joined the Center in January 2018. She earned a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Transylvania University in 2012 and an MA in Sociology with a concentration in Medical Sociology from the University of Kentucky in 2015. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) headquarters as a Research Coordinator.

Chris Evans, Community Alignment Specialist
Phone: 859.218.3943
Email: ChristopherP.Evans@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J521

Chris joined CHSR in June 2018 as a Community Alignment Specialist. Prior to joining the Center, he worked for the Kentucky Office of Education and Training in Frankfort as a Federal and Military Unemployment Claims Specialist. He is currently attending Blue Grass Technical College seeking a degree in Biotechnology

Richard Herndon, MA, Project Manager II
Phone: 859.218.3916
Email: richard.herndon@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J521

Richard joined the CHSR team in June 2018 as a project manager on the Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities project. Prior to employment at CHSR, he worked as a principle investigator and project manager for large-scale federally funded cultural resource research projects in Kentucky and throughout the Midwest. He received his BA in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina and his MA in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Bob Kegebein, MA, Evaluation Manager
Phone: 859.323.5329
Email: robert.kegebein@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J515

Prior to joining the CHSR, Bob was employed by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics where he utilized the State Longitudinal Data System to analyze K12, Higher Education and Workforce outcomes.  Bob embraces the idea of evaluation as a necessary tool for continuous quality improvement and has nearly 20 years of experience in analysis.  He received his MA from the University of Albany.

Alisha Mays, Research Assistant
Phone: 859.562.2002
Email: alisha.mays@uky.edu
Office: J526

Alisha Mays joined the Center as a Research Assistant in October 2018.  She earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology from EKU and her MA in Sociology from WKU.  Alisha has done extensive research on food sovereignty and local food efforts with EKU, WKU, and The Kentucky Association of Food Banks.  

Megan McIntosh, BA, Administrative Coordinator II
Phone: 859.218.4067
Email: megan.mcintosh@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J522

Megan began her career with the University of Kentucky, Office of Patient Experience at UK Chandler Hospital in 2011 and joined the Center in 2015. She serves on the UK HealthCare Recognition Committee and Partner Advisory Council. Megan graduated with her BA in Health Communication from the College of Communication and Information Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Janet K. Otachi, MA, Program Coordinator I
Phone: 859.323.5177
Email: janet.otachi@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J522

Janet joined the CHSR in September 2016. She has a BA in Social Work and an MA in Medicial Sociology. Prior to joining the Center, she worked with vulnerable populations in Sub-Saharan Africa in HIV prevention and research, Gender Based Violence Prevention, and in Tracking and Evaluation of public health programs. Her research interest is in Evidence Based Tobacco Treatment and in working with vulnerable populations.

Matthew Sirrine, Research Assistant
Phone: 859.562.2002
Email: mo.sirrine@uky.edu
Office: J526

Matthew joined the Center as a Research Assistant in October 2018. Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky in the Spring of 2018, where he developed a passion for helping conduct research through his time in UK’s Belief and Morality (BAM) Lab. Prior to his addition onto the team, Matthew’s research focused on potential causes for differences in life satisfaction found between theists and atheists. Now, Matthew works under Dr. Li Jing and Dr. Brittany Smalls at the Center for Health Services Research, where he hopes to help make the world a little bit better of a place.

Amanda Trent, Research Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 859.323.7059
Email: amanda.trent@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J521

Amanda joined the Center in August 2017 after working in the research field for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining the CHSR, she worked at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of Missouri, conducting MRI studies that looked at the human brain and how it functions. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Psychology in 2009.

Nikita L. Vundi, MPH, Program Coordinator I
Phone: 859.218.4853
Email: nikita.vundi@uky.edu
Office: Kentucky Clinic, J522

Nikita has a BA in Biology from Berea College and an MPH in Community Health Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Currently she is seeking a DrPH in Epidemiology from the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. Nikita has previously worked as a Regional Epidemiologist for the Big Sandy region of Kentucky. She joined the Center in December 2016.

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