UNTHSC professor honored with ’40 Under 40′ award


Published: June 5, 2009

Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC), has been recognized with a “40 Under 40” award by the Fort Worth Business Press, honoring leaders under the age of 40 who are helping to shape the future through their business and community involvement across Tarrant County, Texas.

In addition to her School of Public Health appointment, Dr. Cardarelli also serves as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine for UNTHSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and she is director for the Center for Community Health at UNTHSC. The vision for the Center for Community Health is to foster healthy, vibrant communities by partnering within the community, conducting policy-relevant health research, and enhancing community capacity for prevention. The Center endeavors to translate research into practice and policy, eliminate health disparities in North Texas, and create replicable models of change to improve community health in our nation.

Dr. Cardarelli received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health and her MPH degree from UNTHSC. In addition to numerous awards, honors and professional publications, she is the co-author of chapters on human development and fundamental determinants of population health for the book Reinventing Public Health: Policies and Practices for a Healthy Nation.

She is currently the principal or co-investigator on grants funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and HPV vaccine studies among primary caregivers of high-risk youth through a ForHER intramural grant.

Dr. Cardarelli is a member of the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Epidemiology Research and the American Public Health Association.