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Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

University of Kentucky

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I am a Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. I also direct both the Tobacco Treatment Services and the Research & Evidence-Based Practices services at Eastern State Hospital, a state psychiatric facility in Lexington, KY. My primary research focuses on enhancing substance use treatment (particularly tobacco use) among people living with mental and behavioral health challenges. I have developed and integrating tobacco treatment approaches within mental and behavioral health systems as well as training tobacco treatment providers. I have served as principle and co-investigator on several grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research, National Institute of Health, Kentucky Department of Public Health, and Kentucky State Department of Medicaid.

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  • Substance Use Disorders