Heather Bush, PhD
Professor | Biostatistics Chair | Director, EPI/BST Phd
Healthy Kentucky Research Building
Suite 260
Lexington, KY 40536
Contact: | 859.218.2080



PhD, Statistics

University of Kentucky


MS, Statistics

University of Kentucky


BS, Mathematics

Mount Vernon Nazarene University



Dr. Heather Bush is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Dr. Bush also serves as the Kate Spade & Company Endowed Professor in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women and as co-director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Facility in the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Bush is also a prior recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Performance Award, the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award. Named a University Research Professor for 2018-19, Bush focuses her scholarly work on vulnerable populations, as she examines issues of women’s health, the impacts of sexual violence on health, and the prevention of sexual violence. As an investigator, she works to promote the engagement of populations typically underrepresented in research. She also prioritizes collaboration, describing herself as “a team scientist with an overall goal of transforming approaches to scientific inquiry by engaging as an active partner in research teams dedicated to making a difference in the health of populations.” Bush is currently a principal investigator (PI) on two studies of bystander intervention. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both studies involve multiple co-PIs from varying disciplines working to understand and deploy bystander-based strategies for violence prevention. Prior to her faculty appointment, she served as a senior biostatistician in industry.


Research Interests:
  • Violence prevention
  • Women’s health
  • Sexual violence
  • Bystander intervention