Nancy Schoenberg, Ph.D., is Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science (College of Medicine) and Associate Dean for Research (College of Public Health) at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Schoenberg, a medical anthropologist, focuses on health decision-making in underserved populations, with a specific emphasis on the prevention and control of chronic conditions. In partnership with community members, this research involves developing, administering, and evaluating community-engaged health promotion and disease prevention interventions among health disparity population.
Dr. Schoenberg founded the Faith Moves Mountain (FMM) community-based research organization in 2004 and has worked with rural residents to undertake rigorous, innovative randomized controlled trials. She has served as PI or co-PI on the following NIH grants: “An Intergenerational CBPR Intervention to Reduce Appalachian Health Disparities” (R01 DK081324, N=1200); ”Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment (Appal-TREE)” (R24MD008018, N=500); the first known Appalachian faith-based RCT for cancer screening (“An Appalachian Cervical Cancer Prevention Project”, R01CA108696, N=460); ”Faith Moves Mountains: A CBPR Appalachian Wellness & Cancer Prevention Program” (R24MD002757, N=2400); and Patient Navigation for Cervical Cancer in Appalachia (R01 CA120606, N=350). She currently leads several research projects including R01 ES024771 NIEHS/NIH “Community-engaged research & action to reduce respiratory disease in Appalachia;” “Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment (Appal-TREE): Advancing Sustainable CBPR Interventions to Improve Healthy Diet in Rural Appalachian Children” U01 MD010556-01) and “Grandfamilies in Gardens” (Retirement Research Foundation #2014-211).
She and her colleagues have published over 115 peer reviewed publications in diverse, interdisciplinary journals including medicine, public health, healthy policy, health disparities, and social and behavioral science. She regularly mentors junior colleagues, serves on NIH study section, and served as the Associate Editor of The Gerontologist for six years.