Hi. I’m a medical educator and historian of medicine.


Short Biography

I write and teach about competing frameworks for understanding health behavior (and misbehavior) in historical context. I’m the author of The Recovery Revolution (Columbia University Press, 2017), a book about the recent history of addiction treatment, and am working on a single-authored textbook of behavioral health case studies. In my current position, most of my effort is dedicated to advancing scholarly approaches to pre-medical and medical education, particularly in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, ethics, and the arts. 

I’ve 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, and the National Institutes of Health Office of History, among others. 

I earned dual graduate degrees in the history of medicine and behavioral science from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts and Rollins School of Public Health.  I’m an assistant professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky with secondary appointments in the Department of History and the Program for Bioethics.

I live with my family in Lexington, Kentucky and can be reached at clairedclark [at] protonmail dot com 

Long Biography

I’m an assistant professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky and am secondarily appointed in the Department of History and the Program for Bioethics.

Here is an abbreviated CV.

I grew up in northeast Florida in the dial-up internet era, and as a result, spent a lot of time inside reading books. In high school I took a class called theory of knowledge, which transformed the way I viewed education and ultimately inspired my lifelong pursuit of impractical, interdisciplinary educational goals. 

In college I was generally interested in cultural studies and for five years afterward I taught and co-taught a variety of subjects at the high school level, including English, history, film, great books, and theory of knowledge.

I applied to Emory University for graduate school and was fortunate to find an advisor who told me, at our initial meeting, that a book similar to my proposed dissertation topic had already been published. (It is a very good book, and this was very good advice). 

At Emory I consequently moved away from media and cultural studies and began to identify as an historian of medicine. In addition to traditional training in historiography and qualitative research methods, I received competitive fellowships to complete a dual master of public health degree, which included basic statistical training and applied work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Somewhere along the way I also lost my Southern accent.

While I was writing up my dissertation, my partner accepted an engineering job in Houston, Texas, and we relocated. The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics provided me space to write and an orientation to humanities and ethics education in medicine, nursing, and biomedical sciences as well as public health.  Although I still enjoy hanging out in my first home discipline— the history of alcohol, drugs, and addiction — today I’m paid to teach and coordinate educational programs in a medical school. My current research explores empirical methods for evaluating social sciences, humanities, ethics, and arts education in the health professions.

I live with my husband, mother-in-law, son, daughter, and dog in Lexington, Kentucky and now spend most of my spare time outdoors.