Kathryn M. Cardarelli, PhD
Associate Professor | Assistant Provost
635 S. Limestone St.
Mandrell Hall 226C
Lexington, KY 40508-0350
Contact: | 859.257.2471




PhD, Epidemiology

University of Texas, Houston


MPH, Epidemiology

University of North Texas Health Science Center


BA, Biology

University of Texas, Austin



Dr. Kathryn Cardarelli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society. Her research is primarily focused on cancer prevention, and targets vulnerable populations in underserved areas. Her work focusing on community-based approaches to reducing health inequities has been funded by the NIH and the CDC. She is also the Assistant Provost for Faculty Advancement at the University of Kentucky. In this role, she facilitates leadership development, recruitment, and retention for faculty across 19 colleges. Dr. Cardarelli completed a two-year Presidential Management Fellowship with the  US Department of Health and Human Services, focusing on access to health care issues for vulnerable populations.  She recently completed a fellowship for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University.

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