April Young, PhD
Associate Professor
CPH 211C
Contact: | 859.218.2090



PhD, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

Emory University


Master of Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Behavior

University of Kentucky


Bachelor of Arts, Biology

Transylvania University



Dr. April Young is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research experiences to date have been diverse, including studies on substance use, hepatitis C, HIV,  sexual risk behavior, and vaccine acceptance. The settings for this research have been equally varied, including Appalachia, Atlanta, the Philippines, and Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, her research focuses on the adverse health outcomes associated with the disproportionate burden of substance use in rural Central Appalachia and on the application of social network analysis to the behavioral aspects of infectious disease transmission. Dr. Young's desire to teach and mentor students was the most influential factor in her decision to pursue an academic career, and she welcomes opportunities to engage students in her research and mentor students in their independent endeavors.

Research Interests:
  • Substance Use
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Overdose
  • Harm Reduction
  • Sexual Risk Behavior
  • Social Network Analysis