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Claire D. Clark teaches at the University of Kentucky, where she is an assistant professor of Behavioral Science, secondarily appointed in the Department of History, and associated with the Program for Bioethics. She specializes in the history of medicine and leads educational projects in health humanities and medical behavioral science.

Her current book project, a short history of health behavior, is in progress with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Her first book, The Recovery Revolution: The Battle Over Addiction Treatment in the United States (Columbia University Press, 2017), traces the influence of therapeutic community treatment activists since the 1960s. She has given overviews of this work in The Washington Post and Points, co-curated an accompanying collection of archival materials on the subject, and directs a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Addiction in American History. 

An educator with more than a decade of interdisciplinary teaching experience at levels ranging from high school to medical school, Claire is committed to integrating humanistic and scientific understandings of health and disease; building bridges between pre-health, professional, and graduate education; and using educational technology to facilitate inquiry-based and experiential learning. 

At the University of Kentucky, she is currently developing a premedical curriculum in Medical Behavioral Science, an interdisciplinary field that brings together sociological, anthropological, and psychological interpretations of human behavior. She is also a curriculum developer for Introduction to Clinical Medicine, a year-long course in behavioral science concepts and clinical skills required of all first-year medical students. She chairs the admissions committee for the Department of Behavioral Science's graduate program in Clinical and Translational Science and regularly directs the program’s Research Ethics course.

Claire has received fellowships and awards from the American Public Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health Office of History, and the National Film Preservation Foundation, among others.

She graduated from Vassar College and was dual trained as an historian of medicine (PhD) and behavioral scientist (MPH) at Emory University. 

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