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CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone:
(859) 323–6172

Fax:
(859) 323–1057

E-mail:
mkrayens@uky.edu

Office
543 COLLEGE OF NURSING BUILDING

EDUCATION

PhD, University of Kentucky, 1993
MS, University of Kentucky, 1989
BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986

INTERESTS

Tobacco policy; women's mental health; biostatistics

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Mary Kay  Rayens, PhD

Professor

Mary Kay Rayens received her undergraduate degree in biology in 1986 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master's degree in statistics in 1989 from UK. She completed her doctorate in statistics, also at UK, in 1993. The focus of her dissertation research was the detection of clusters of disease over time.

Dr. Rayens is a biostatistician with more than a decade of experience in designing and planning complex longitudinal intervention studies. She has served as a co-investigator on university and extramurally funded projects involving issues such as tobacco control, drug prevention, depression in college women and single mothers, satisfaction with mental health services, farm safety, and asthma management in children. In addition to the data management and analysis aspects of collaborations, her interests include tobacco policy development, tobacco use and cessation, secondhand smoke exposure, asthma interventions for children and adolescents, women's mental health, farm safety, and the work and health of older farmers. She teaches biostatistics in the graduate program.

Publications


Linares, A. , Rayens, M. K., Gomez, M. L., Gokun, Y. , Dignan, M. B. (2014). Intention to breastfeed as a predictor of initiation of exclusive breastfeeding in Hispanic women. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Hardin-Fanning, F. , Rayens, M. K. (2014). Nutritional quality, geographic location and food costs. Health Promotion & Practice.

Rayens, M. K., Reed, D. B. (2014). Predictors of depressive symptoms in older rural couples: The impact of work, stress and health. Journal of Rural Health, 30 (1), 59-68.

Hahn, E. J., Rayens, M. K., Kercsmar, S. E., Robertson, H. , Adkins, S. M. (2014). Results of a Test and Win Contest to raise radon awareness in urban and rural settings. American Journal of Health Education, 45 (2), 112-118.

Hahn, E. J., Rayens, M. K., Adkins, S. , Simpson, N. , Frazier, S. K., Mannino, D. M. (2014). Fewer hospitalizations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in communities with smoke-free public policies. American Journal of Public Health, 104 (6), 1059-1065.

Butler, K. M., Rayens, M. K., Ashford, K. B., Adkins, S. , Gombeski, B. , Hahn, E. J. (2014). Smoke-free homes, strength of smoke-free law, and children in the home. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16 (4), 485-490.

Hatcher, J. , Rayens, M. K., Dignan, M. B., Schoenberg, N. E., Allison, P.  (2014). Beliefs regarding mammography screening among women visiting the emergency department for non-urgent care. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 40 (2), e-27-e35.

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Presentations


Butler, K.M., Rayens, M.K., Begley, K., Hahn, E.J. (2014, November).  Perceived risk related to secondhand smoke exposure in the home . 24th Annual Nursing Research Papers Day, UK HealthCare Nursing Service in Collaboration with UK College of Nursing, , Lexington, KY.

Butler, K.M., Rayens, M.K., Begley, K., Hahn, E.J. (2014, November).  Predictors of Lung Cancer Worry. American Public Health Association Conference, American Public Health Association, New Orleans, LA.

Mudd-Martin, G.T., Rayens, M.K., Moser, D.K. (2014, November).  Characteristics Associated With Willingness To Participate In Genetic Research. International Society of Nurses in Genetics Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Forren, J.L., Rayens, M.K., Gokun, Y., Jalota, L., Radke, O., Hooper, V., Apfel, C. (2014, September).  The Relationship of Persistent Pain and Nausea in Postoperative Patients for One Week After Ambulatory Surgery. Council of Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC.

Moser, D.K., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Biddle, M.J., Chung, M.L., Rayens, M.K., Bailey, A., Lennie, T.A. (2014, September).  The hearthealth trial: Improving depressive symptoms and cardiovascular disease risk in the most physically and mentally unhealthy area in the United States on behalf of HeartHealth. European Society of Cardiology Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

Butler, K.M., Rayens, M.K., Begley, K., Hahn, E.J. (2014, March).  Tobacco exposure, perceived risk and lung cancer worry . 9th Annual Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.

Hatcher, J., Dignan, M.B., Rayens, M.K., Schoenberg, N.E. (2014, March).  Sisters Educated in Emergency Departments: Results of a Pilot Mammography Promotion Project. American Society of Preventive Oncology, Washington, DC.

Sturgeon, L., Frazier, S.K., Lennie, T.A., Rayens, M.K., Callahan, L., Speck, D.F. (2014, February).  Glycemic variability and respiratory and peripheral muscle function in critically ill ventilator-dependent adults. 2014 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), San Antonio, TX.

Moser, D.K., Dekker, R.L., Mudd-Martin, G.T., Chung, M.L., Biddle, M.J., Bailey, A.L., Casey, B.R., Westneat, S., Rayens, M.K., Novak, M.J., Lennie, T.A. (2013, November).  Improving depressive symptoms among rural patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease in the most mentally distressed area in the country. 2013 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, American Heart Association, Dallas, TX.

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Research


FRESH: Dual Home Screening for Lung Cancer Prevention
Project Period: September/ 1/ 2012 - May/ 31/ 2017
Total Award: $2087514.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Reducing diabetes risk for Rural Appalachian Grandparent Headed Households
Project Period: July/ 1/ 2014 - April/ 30/ 2017
Total Award: $563646.00
Sponsor: National Institute Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney

Reducing Health Disparities in Appalachians with Multiple Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Project Period: May/ 1/ 2013 - April/ 30/ 2016
Total Award: $2092473.00
Sponsor: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Nutrition Intervention to Reduce Symptoms in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure
Project Period: September/ 27/ 2011 - July/ 31/ 2015
Total Award: $1527459.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research

Prescription for Radon
Project Period: July/ 1/ 2014 - June/ 30/ 2015
Total Award: $54300.00
Sponsor: KY Department for Public Health