Satish Kedia, PhD, MPH, MS

Associate Dean, Administration & Faculty Affairs, Interim Director and Professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

205 Robison Hall
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Satish Kedia

About Satish Kedia

Dr. Satish Kedia is a Professor and SBS PhD Program Coordinator in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health. Dr. Kedia has long-standing research interest in addiction issues, substance use treatment, cancer, and caregiving and adherence. He has over two decades of experience managing and analyzing large-scale national and state-level data for a variety of research and evaluation projects in the United States. In addition, he has a special interest in design, development, intervention, and evaluation of substance abuse treatment programs in community settings. Recently, Dr. Kedia has been working with a team of collaborators to examine various aspects of opioid and other substance use treatment, overdose, and harm reduction among vulnerable populations including, homeless, ex-offender women, and veterans in the rural context of Tennessee using qualitative and mixed methods. 

He has successfully managed funded research projects for over $13 million as PI and close to $4 million as Co-PI, many involving interdisciplinary collaborators with support from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement at the University of Baltimore/the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Tennessee Department of Health, and local foundations. Dr. Kedia presents his work extensively, both nationally and internationally, and has published more than 100 articles in peer‐reviewed journals, edited volumes, and encyclopedias. Dr. Kedia has been recognized with the University Research Professorship, Dunavant University Professorship, The Summit Award, and “Advisor Extraordinaire” for his mentoring of doctoral students. He is equally passionate about teaching and mentoring – advising more than 30 doctoral and 80 master-level students as chair or a committee member during his career. Dr. Kedia is dedicated to preparing the next generation of public health professionals through rigorous methodological training who can serve effectively in academia, research, and practice settings. 


  • PhD, Medical Anthropology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • MPH, School of Health Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Certificate in Medical Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Recent Selected Publications

  • Kedia, S.K., Mahmood, A., Xie, L., Dillon, P., Ahuja, N., Arshad, H., & Entwistle, C. (2023). Driving under the influence of substances and motor vehicle fatalities among older adults in the United States. Traffic Injury Prevention. (In press).
  • Kedia, S.K., Ahuja, N., Hammal, F., Asfar, T., Eissenberg, T., Maziak, W., Ward, K.D. (2023) “Waterpipe is Like a Wife”: Qualitative Assessment of Perspectives on Waterpipe Smoking Dependence. Addiction & Health. DOI 10.34172/ahj.2022.1377.
  • Ahuja NA, Kedia S.K., Regmi S, Dillon PJ. (2023) Disparities in E-Cigarette Harm and Addiction Perceptions Among Adolescents in the United States: a Systematic Review of the Literature. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Mar 6. doi: 10.1007/s40615-023-01553-1. PMID: 36877379.
  • Kedia, S.K., Ahuja, N., Dillon, P., Jones, A., Kumar, S., Satapathy, S. (2022) Efficacy of Extended-Release Injectable Naltrexone on Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment: A Systematic Review. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. https://doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2022.2073300.
  • Ahuja, N., Kedia, S.K., Jiang, Y., Xie, L., Ward, K. D., Pichon, L. C., Dillon, P. J., & Yu, X. (2022). Factors Associated With E-Cigarette Quitting Behavior Among Adolescents in the United States: A Prospective Observational Study. The Journal of adolescent health: official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 71(6), 729–736. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.07.001.
  • Kedia, S.K., Dillon, P., Schmidt, M., Entwistle, C., Arshad, H. (2022) Linking drug overdose deaths and mental health. Handbook of Substance Misuse and Addictions: From Biology to Public Health. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67928-6_14-1.
  • Ahuja NA, Kedia S.K., Jiang Y, Ward KD, Pichon LC, Dillon PJ, Yu X, Xie L. (2022) Factors Associated with E-Cigarette Quit Intention Among Adolescents in the United States. Substance Use and Misuse. 2022;57(14):2074-2084. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2022.2130000. Epub 2022 Oct 7. PMID: 36205511.
  • Kedia S.K., Ahuja N.A., Carswell A., Vander Weg M.W., Scarinci I.C., and Ward K.D. (2021) Smoking Cessation among Pregnant and Postpartum Women from Low-Income Groups in the United States. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 2021 Jul;66(4):486-493. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13242. MID: 34260136.
  • Kedia, S.K., Dillon, P.J., Jiang, Y., James, W., Collins, A.C., & Bhuyan, S.S. (2021). The Association Between Substance Use and Violence: Results from a Nationally Representative Sample of High School Students in the United States. Community Mental Health Journal, 57(2), 294–306. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-020-00648-x.
  • Kedia, S.K., Schmidt, M., Dillon, P.J., Arshad, H., & Yu, X. (2021). Substance Use Treatment in Appalachian Tennessee amid COVID-19: Challenges and Preparing for the Future. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 124, 108270. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108270.