Sara (Warfield) Kelly, PhD, MPHResearch Assistant Professor University of Illinois College of Medicine PeoriaResearch Services
Sara (Warfield) Kelly received her BA and MPH from East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She went on to earn a Ph.D. at West Virginia University (WVU), located in the epicenter of the overdose crisis. At WVU, she worked on various quantitative and qualitative projects focused on understanding the impact of the overdose epidemic that loomed over the Appalachian region. After graduating, she completed a rotating postdoctoral fellowship where she worked with national experts at Brown University, East Tennessee State University, and Harvard University. Dr. Kelly has advanced training in public health and extensive experience using epidemiologic methods with large population-based and health services datasets. Over the past several years, she has utilized national electronic medical records to examine the intersection of substance use, suicide risk and rehabilitation among highly vulnerable populations. She has analyzed complex datasets (e.g. prescription drug monitoring databases) to elucidate overdose indicators as part of her work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has also analyzed data from population-based surveys, clinical trials, and published on the effects of population health interventions on behavior change (e.g., treatment seeking). In June 2021, she began working as a Research Assistant Professor for the Department of Pediatrics and the Office of Research Services at UICOMP.