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


Tobacco policy; women's mental health; biostatistics


Mary Kay  Rayens, PhD


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.


Ickes, M. J., Rayens, M. K., Wiggins, A. T., Hahn, E. J. (2015). A tobacco-free campus ambassador program and policy compliance. The Journal of American College Health.

Linares, A. , Rayens, M. K., Dozier, A. , Wiggins, A. T., Dignan, M. B. (2015). Factors Influencing Exclusive Breastfeeding at 4 Months Postpartum in a Sample of Urban Hispanic Mothers in Kentucky.. Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association.

Fallin, A. , Goodin, A. J., Rayens, M. K., Adkins, S. A., Hahn, E. J. (2015). Smoke-free policy implementation: Theoretical and practical considerations. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice.

Ickes, M. J., Gokun, Y. , Rayens, M. K., Hahn, E. J. (2014). Comparing two observational measures to evaluate compliance with tobacco-free campus policy. Health Promotion Practice.

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.



Butler, K.M., Wiggins, A.T., Rayens, M.K., Begley, K., Kirkpatrick, B., Hahn, E.J. (2015, ).  Home Testing to Prevent Lung Cancer in Renters and Homeowners . 10th Annual Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.

Butler, K.M., Wiggins, A.T., Rayens, M.K., Begley, K., Kirkpatrick, B., Hahn, E.J. (2015, ).  FRESH: Dual Home Testing to Prevent Lung Cancer . Kentucky Public Health Association, Owensboro, KY.

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.



Effects of Family Sodium Watchers Program on Outcomes in Heart Failure Patient-Family Caregiver Dyads
Project Period: September/ 26/ 2014 - July/ 31/ 2019
Total Award: $2404267.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research

FRESH: Dual Home Screening for Lung Cancer Prevention
Project Period: September/ 1/ 2012 - May/ 31/ 2017
Total Award: $2155905.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening in Rural Emergency Departments
Project Period: September/ 23/ 2014 - August/ 31/ 2016
Total Award: $195859.00
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute

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

Zohn Centimole:A randomized controlled trial of anesthesia guided by BIS vs. standard care and effects on cognition
Project Period: July/ 17/ 2014 - November/ 30/ 2015
Total Award: $26700.00
Sponsor: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Nutrition Intervention to Reduce Symptoms in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure
Project Period: September/ 27/ 2011 - July/ 31/ 2015
Total Award: $1523306.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research