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Sharon Walsh is a professor of Behavioral Science, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Psychiatry in the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and director of the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. She has been conducting clinical research on substance use disorder for nearly 30 years with a special emphasis on opioid use disorder and its treatment. Her research program has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She has served as an advisor and reviewer for numerous agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Veteran’s Administration, and the World Health Organization.

Walsh is the principal investigator of the $87 million grant UK received as part of the NIH’s HEALing Communities study.


Professor, Behavioral Science

Joint Appointment, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Joint Appointment, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Joint Appointment, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine


MS, PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.