Better health for Kentucky. Together.
The Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) at NKU develops pioneering solutions to the health challenges facing Northern Kentucky. We drive change that directly addresses urgent unmet health needs.


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Learn to Meditate

Students, faculty & staff, looking for a way to de-stress during the first week of classes? Attend a Learn to Meditate class on August 22 or 23. 

Faculty, staff and student sessions:

  • August 22, 12 - 1 pm in HE 205
  • August 23, 10 - 11 am in the UC Ballroom

Faculty & staff only sessions:

  • August 22, 2 - 3 pm in HE 221
  • August 23, 12 - 1 pm in the UC Ballroom

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Support Group

Tuesday, September 18, 6 pm
Health Innovation Center, Room 221

RSVP: Email for our catering headcount.

The Institute for Health Innovation at Northern Kentucky University and the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Coalition of Kentucky (NASCKY) are proud to partner on our first Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Support Group. Parents, grandparents, and other guardians of children diagonsed with Neonatal Abstience Syndrome are invited to NKU’s campus after work for support and to discuss opportunities for awareness and advocacy of NAS in the Northern Kentucky region.

 Featured Faculty


Amanda Lambert South

Amanda Lambert South

Dr. Lambert South is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies. She received her Ph.D. in family communication from the University of Denver, her M.A. in interpersonal communication from Texas Tech University, and her B.A. in communication and psychology from the University of Kansas. Her areas of expertise include divorce, stepfamilies, co-parenting, family favoritism, adolescent residential treatment centers, and conversations surrounding death. She also has general expertise in communication strategies, interpersonal communication, and business communication. Professor Lambert South is widely involved in the NKU community both on- and off-campus. In addition to serving as a Mediator for the Northern Kentucky Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, she is the interim Chair of the NKU IRB, and is the Communication Studies and Health Communication program director. Dr. Lambert South is active force in the communication discipline and has served as the Chair of the Family Communication and Master’s Education divisions for the National Communication Association. She has also served as the Chair of the Interpersonal and Small Group Interest Group for the Central States Communication Association. She is active on numerous review boards and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Family Communication, Women and Language, and the Journal of Communication Pedagogy.

Dr. Lambert's research program examining divorce, favoritism, death, and adolescent treatment has yielded over 50 competitively selected papers at international, national, and regional conferences (including top paper designations) and has led to publications in journals such as the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Communication Research Reports, Behavioral Sciences, and Qualitative Research Reports.


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