Aaron Kruse-Diehr, PhD
Assistant Professor
151 Washington Ave.
Bowman Hall 345
Lexington, KY 40536
Contact: | 859.218.4394



PhD, Health Education

University of Toledo


MA, English

DePaul University


BA, English

The Ohio State University



Dr. Aaron J Kruse-Diehr is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society. His research centers on rural health disparities, with specific attention to  using community-engaged methods to implement evidence-based cancer prevention and control programs. Before joining the faculty in 2019, Dr. Kruse-Diehr has collaborated with faith community nurses and health departments across southern Illinois to improve colorectal cancer screening rates in rural communities and worked with researchers from Missouri and Illinois to build cancer control capacity in rural southern Illinois health clinics. Here at UK, he will be acting as a co-investigator on the multilevel Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screenings through Implementation Science (ACCSIS) project, facilitating community-level interventions in Appalachian Kentucky. 

Research Interests:
  • Rural cancer prevention and control
  • Community engagement / CBPR
  • Dissemination and implementation science
  • Health equity