Debbie Reed, PhD

Debbie Reed, PhD

Professor, University of Kentucky College of Nursing

Current job description
Conducts large- and small-scale research and educational programs focused on family farms. Her nursing practice greatly enhances her ability to tie health and safety together. Dr. Reed works across the US and internationally with other academic and farm-based organizations. She teaches in the occupational health nursing PhD program at the University of Kentucky and serves in visiting professorship roles as needed.

ISASH activity
Member, Research Committee; Past member, ISASH Board; Past Chair, Farmstead and Leisure Committee. Member since 1994.

Why did you decide to join ISASH?
To enhance my knowledge about emerging research and programs, and to develop a network of trusted colleagues to advance farm health and safety.

What do you see as the greatest challenge for agricultural safety and health?
The changing face of family farming. There is much more stress today and less time for the, “community of farmers.”

What do you see as priorities for ISASH?
Continuing to be the “bridge” between research and education and programming to safeguard our producers and their families.

What has been one of your most memorable experiences with ISASH?
The conferences are great! It is the only time we really get to sit down together and learn from each other. The support I have gained from my ISASH colleagues has advanced my research and my thinking.

What is one great piece of advice you’ve received in your career?
You can never go wrong by doing what is right.


Contact: 859-257-9636,    


Reed lives in Harrodsburg, Ky. She received her degrees – PhD, MSPH, MSN, BSN – from the University of Kentucky.