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Kathryn Cardarelli, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Provost for Administration and Academic Affairs at the University of Kentucky. In this role, she provides oversight and direction of business, administrative and financial processes for the University’s 19 colleges. She also oversees units including the Provost Budget Office, Office of the Registrar, University Press, Gaines Center, Chellgren Center, Institute for Biomedical Informatics and joint reporting responsibilities for Institutional Research, Analytics and Decision Support, the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and Center for Interprofessional Health Education. In her eight years at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Cardarelli has held a number of roles, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Chair in the College of Public Health and Assistant Provost and Senior Assistant Provost in the Office for Faculty Advancement.

Dr. Cardarelli is also Associate Professor of Health, Behavior & Society in the College of Public Health and is the immediate past Chair for the Kentucky ACE Women’s Network. Her research is dedicated to enhancing community capacity for prevention and focuses on community-based approaches to reducing health inequities. Her research has been funded by NIH, USDA and CDC and has largely focused on cancer and obesity prevention in health disparity populations, including racial/ethnic minority populations and Appalachian communities.

She completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health, and completed a two-year Presidential Management Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focusing on health policy and access to health care for vulnerable populations. She also completed a prestigious fellowship for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University.


  • PhD, Epidemiology
    • University of Texas Health Science Center, Huston
  • MPH, Epidemiology
    • University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • BA, Biology
    • University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests

  • Cancer prevention: breast, lung, and cervical
  • Health equity
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Faculty leadership and development