Kelly K. Gurka, MPH, Ph.D
Kelly K. Gurka is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She earned an MPH at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, after which she served as a maternal and child health epidemiologist in the Alabama Department of Public Health. Dr. Gurka then earned her PhD in epidemiology with an emphasis in injury prevention and control at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; she was the recipient of the 2007 Susan P. Baker Student Paper Prize. Dr. Gurka held faculty positions at the University of Virginia and West Virginia University prior to arriving at the University of Florida.
With funding from agencies including the NIH, CDC, and HRSA, Dr. Gurka has published research on a range of topics including maternal and child health, workplace violence, sport-related injury and substance abuse. Her current research interests include prescription drug misuse and abuse and its outcomes including fatal overdose and neonatal abstinence syndrome, particularly related to opioids. Dr. Gurka has recently conducted a community-based participatory research project related to overdose prevention with naloxone in rural West Virginia (WV). She is also leading the independent evaluation for the CDC-funded Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States project awarded to the WV Bureau for Public Health. Dr. Gurka has collaborated on numerous projects with clinical researchers in many of the health sciences including Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pharmacy, and Nursing.
Dr. Gurka has taught epidemiology and injury prevention courses and mentored both professional and graduate students. She serves on the Science committee for the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and is a member of the American Public Health Association as well as the Society for Epidemiologic Research.