Dr. Hadden has joined the faculty for the Division of Medical Humanities


Kristie Hadden, PhD, Director of the Center for Health Literacy, has joined the faculty in the UAMS Division of Medical Humanities in the College of Medicine. In her primary faculty position, Dr. Hadden will conduct health literacy research, continue to oversee the Center for Health Literacy’s programs, and participate in policy initiatives to improve health literacy at local, state, and national levels. Dr. Hadden also holds adjunct appointments in the UAMS College Medicine in Family/Preventive Medicine and Orthopedics; as well as the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy (Department of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy), Public Health (Health Behavior/Health Education) and Health Professions (Speech Pathology and Audiology) and has many interprofessional education interests that include health literacy best practices for all disciplines, as well as medical ethics.

Dr. Hadden received a Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University in Communication Disorders, followed by a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She practiced as a speech-language pathologist and augmentative communication specialist and worked in public health as the State Director of Programs for March of Dimes before completing a PhD in Health Promotion and Prevention Research from the UAMS Graduate School in the College of Public Health.