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PhD, University of Kentucky, 1996
MSPH, University of Kentucky, 1993
MSN, University of Kentucky, 1992
BSN, University of Kentucky, 1974


Agricultural health and injury prevention; occupational health issues of women; health care issues of older adults



Deborah  Reed, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAOHN


Deborah Reed received her BSN, MSN, MSPH, and PhD all from UK. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Reed is the Director of the newly funded Occupational Health Nurse PhD Training Program, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) as part of the Central Appalachian Educational Research Center. Her dissertation research on the occupational rehabilitation of farmers who have suffered an amputation was funded by a Nursing Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. She also received the 1997 International Dissertation Award from Sigma Theta Tau. In 2005, she received the Nan Hilt Research Writers Award from Orthopaedic Nursing for her manuscript based on this work, “Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Farmers with Amputations.” Her gerontology research gained her the Southern Nursing Research Society's John A. Hartford Geriatric Research Award in 2009. Dr. Reed was named a UK Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor in 2011 in recognition of her service to the university and the Commonwealth. She was appointed to the Good Samaritan Foundation Chair in Community Health Nursing in 2012.

Dr. Reed came to the college from UK's Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention. Her interest in agricultural health issues is reflected in her program of research, which has included grants to study youth equestrian safety, community coalitions of farm women to address health and safety issues of farm families, education of high school youth about the risks of disabilities from agricultural injuries, sustained work of older farmers, vocational rehabilitation of migrant farm workers, evaluation of community-based farm safety day camps, agricultural health education for nurses, and issues of aging and farm work.

Dr. Reed has worked with many organizations, including Agrability, the National Farm Bureau Federation, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Farm and Home Safety Council, the Kentucky Migrant Farm Worker Health Program, and the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. She currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety and the Board of Directors of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Agromedicine and Workplace Health and Safety, and is a regular reviewer for the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Journal; of Agricultural Safety and Health, and the National Agricultural Safety Database.

In 1999, in recognition of her efforts in agricultural health and safety, Dr. Reed was named honorary Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture. In 2006, she was chosen as the U.S. representative to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Also in 2006, she received the College of Nursing Alumni Association Outstanding Researcher Award. In 2007 she received an honorary state FFA degree from the Kentucky FFA Organization (formerly the Future Farmers of America).


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.

Maciuba, S. A., Westneat, S. C., Reed, D. B. (2013). Active coping, personal satisfaction, and attachment to land in African-American farmers. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34 (5), 335-343.

Browning, S. R., Westneat, S. C., Sanderson, W. T., Reed, D. B. (2013). Cattle-related injuries and farm management practices on Kentucky beef cattle farms. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 19 (1), 37-49.

McCallum, D. M., Murphy, S. , Reed, D. B., Claunch, D. T., Reynolds, S. J. (2013). What we know about the effectiveness of farm safety day programs and what we need to know. Journal of Rural Health, 29 (1), 20-29.

Reed, D. B., Rayens, M. K., Conley, C. , Westneat, S. , Adkins, S. M. (2012). Farm Elders define health as the ability to work. Workplace Safety and Health, 60 (8), 345-351.

Salt, E. G., Rowles, G. , Reed, D. B. (2012). Patient's perception of quality patient-provider communication . Orthopaedic Nursing, 31 (3), 169-176.

Heaton, K. , Azuero, A. , Phillips, J. , Pickens, H. , Reed, D. B. (2012). The effects of arthritis, mobility, and farm task on injury among older farmers. Nursing Research and Reviews, 2, 9-16.

Marcum, J. L., Browning, S. R., Reed, D. B., Charnigo, R. J. (2011). Determinants of work hours among a cohort of male and female farmers 50 years and older in Kentucky and South Carolina (2002-2005). Journal of Agromedicine, 16 (3), 163-173.

Turner, L. M., Reed, D. B. (2011). Exercise among commercial truck drivers. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), 59 (10), 429-436.



Reed, D.B. (2014, April).  Aging, farming, and ten tips. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau District 14 Annual Meeting, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Erie, PA.

Reed, D.B. (2014, April).  Aging and Farming: Understanding “Normal”. 2014 ArgaAbility National Training Workshop, Lexington, KY.

Reed, D.B. (2014, March).  Clinical considerations in caring for aging farmers: unique challenges and opportunities. 18th Annual Primary Care Conference, East Tennessee State, Johnson City, TN.

Reed, D.B. (2014, March).  Farm Safety: Mitigating the risk. Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Conference, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Lexington, KY.

Reed, D.B., Jones, M.S., Honaker, A., Claunch, D.T. (2013, ).  Caring for the Farm Community – the Heartbeat of America: Nurses Utilizing Research, Service, Education and Practice (NURSE-AP). 2013 Annual Conference of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health, Sandusky, OH.

Swanburg, J., Clouser, J.M., Walsh, M., Westneat, S., Reed, D.B. (2013, November).  What’s experienced, what's reported: A mixed-methods description of injuries on horse breeding farms. 141st Annual Meeting American Public Health Association, American Public Health Association, Boston, MS.

Reed, D.B. (2013, October).  Pathways along the journey. Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, East TN State University, Johnson City, TN.

Reed, D.B. (2013, September).  Listen, Learn, Consult and Coach: Strategies to Change farm Work Behavior. Ky Lake Region AAOHN 7th Annual State Conference, Bowling Green, KY.

Reed, D.B. (2013, July).  Getting older, getting wiser: Tips on healthy and safe aging in farming. 10th Annual Summer Institute in Assistive Technology, Kentucky AgrAbility Summer Workshop, Frankfort, KY.



Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention
Project Period: September/ 30/ 2001 - September/ 29/ 2016
Total Award: $7141962.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

Aging, Neuromuscular Behavior, and Risk of Occupational Low Back Pain
Project Period: July/ 1/ 2012 - June/ 30/ 2015
Total Award: $413233.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

Postoperative Symptom Distress of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Ambulatory Surgery Patients: A Qualitative Study
Project Period: January/ 8/ 2014 - January/ 7/ 2015
Total Award: $9939.00
Sponsor: American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

Postoperative Symptom Distress of Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Patients: A Qualitative Study
Project Period: September/ 1/ 2013 - August/ 31/ 2014
Total Award: $4533.00
Sponsor: American Nurses Foundation