Anna Goodman Hoover, PhD
Assistant Professor
111 Washington Ave.
CPH 203B
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Contact: | 859.218.0343




PhD, Communication Science

University of Kentucky


MA, Communication Science

University of Kentucky


BA, History and Theatre

Centre College



Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, where she teaches undergraduate courses in public health preparedness. A social scientist with research expertise in health and risk communication, Dr. Hoover is co-principal investigator and co-director of the National Coordinating Center for Systems for Action, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that aims to discover and apply new evidence about ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that support a Culture of Health. Dr. Hoover also is co-principal investigator and deputy director of the RWJF-funded National Health Security Preparedness Index program management office, which oversees annual production of the Index – an important tool for better understanding U.S. and state-level preparedness to address large-scale public health threats. In addition, she serves as co-leader of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded UK Superfund Research Center Research Translation Core, where she works with stakeholder groups to improve mutual understandings of environmental health issues, translating research outcomes at community, policy, and provider levels. Dr. Hoover is a founding member of UK's Dissemination and Implementation Sciences Consortium. Her research focuses on using stakeholder-centered communication, public engagement, and evidence-based dissemination to improve population health.

Research Interests:
  • Emergency preparedness and risk communication
  • Environmental health literacy
  • Stakeholder-centered health communication
  • Public engagement related to hazardous waste sites
  • Dissemination and implementation sciences