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Dr. Sharon Walsh
College of Medicine

MS, PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University

Sharon Walsh is professor of Behavioral Science, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Psychiatry in the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and director of the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. She has been conducting clinical research on substance use disorder for nearly 30 years with a special emphasis on opioid use disorder and its treatment. Her research program has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She has served as an advisor and reviewer for numerous agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Veteran’s Administration and the World Health Organization.

HEALing Communities Study role: Walsh is the principal investigator of the $87 million grant UK received as part of the NIH’s HEALing Communities study. Walsh is responsible for all aspects of project oversight and implementation, facilitating ongoing partnership with state colleagues to support the HCS KY project, overseeing the Scientific Subcommittees, co-chairing the HCS KY Steering Committee, supported the all HCS KY teams, faculty leads and corresponding with other HEAL research sites. She serves on the National HEALing Communities Steering Committee, Chairs the HCS KY Research Site Management Committee and serves on the HCS KY Community Advisory Board. 

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