Christina R. Studts, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor
151 Washington Ave.
Bowman Hall 335
Lexington, KY 40506-0059
Contact: | 859.218.1914



PhD, Social Work

University of Louisville


MSPH, Biostatistics

University of Louisville



University of Kentucky


BA, Psychology

University of Notre Dame


Dr. Christina R. Studts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society. She is also a licensed clinical social worker with extensive practice experience in community mental health, primary care, and school settings. Her clinical experience and research training converge on a specific translational research focus: implementation of evidence-based health promotion interventions with underserved populations, particularly in rural Appalachia. Within this context, she has a strong interest in increasing access to interventions strengthening parenting skills and parent-child relationships. She is currently principal investigator of two NIH-funded studies focused on implementation of evidence-based parenting programs in underserved communities: a NIMH-funded R34 set in rural Appalachia, and a NIDCD-funded R01 addressing parent-child interactions in families with deaf and hard of hearing children. In 2016 Dr. Studts received the College of Public Health Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Performance Award, and in 2018 she received a Mentor Recognition Award from the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Research Interests:
  • Implementation science
  • Community-engaged research
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Parents and children