Satish Kedia, PhD, MPH

Professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, SBS PhD Program Coordinator

205 Robison Hall
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Satish Kedia

About Satish Kedia

Satish Kedia, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, SBS PhD Program Coordinator, and an adjunct graduate faculty in College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has directed the Institute for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation (I‐SARE) since 2000. Dr. Kedia is a medical anthropologist with a PhD in anthropology and a certificate in Medical Behavioral Sciences from the Medical School at the University of Kentucky. His research interests include alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention; sexuality and HIV/AIDS; caregiving and adherence; and program evaluation and impact assessment. Dr. Kedia has been working on a number of public health related projects in the Mid‐South focusing on alcohol and drug abuse treatment, caregiving and adherence issues associated with HIV/AIDS and children with developmental disabilities. He has also conducted fieldwork internationally in India and Philippines studying health impacts of forced displacement and pesticide use. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Kedia has received upward of $9 million in research contracts and grants as principal or co‐ investigator. He has presented his work extensively, both nationally and internationally, and has published numerous articles in peer‐reviewed journals and encyclopedias and has co‐edited a book on Applied Anthropology. He was recognized with the Dunavant University Professorship in 2006 for his scholarly accomplishments and a Fellow by the Society for Applied Anthropology in 2002. Currently, Dr. Kedia is the Co‐Editor of the National Association of Practicing Anthropology (NAPA) Bulletin, a flagship journal of a section of American Anthropological Association.


  • PhD, Medical Anthropology, University of Kentucky
  • Certificate in Medical Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky