Julie M. Kapp

Julie Kapp


Associate Professor

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Research Summary

Dr. Kapp researches adverse childhood experiences, kombucha and the microbiome, and population health systems.

Julie M. Kapp, MPH, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health.

Dr. Kapp is nationally recognized by the American College of Epidemiology as a fellow for her significant and sustained contributions to the field and as a Malcolm Baldrige Executive Fellow, a competitive distinction bestowed by the U.S. Department of Commerce Undersecretary for Standards & Technology.

Dr. Kapp’s research has been highlighted in The New York Times, Psychology Today, USA Today, and Yahoo! Health, among other outlets. Her intellectual contributions have been funded by the NCI, NSF, CDC, NIDDK, and NCATS, among others. Her research has been awarded first place in the World Standards Day paper competition. She has the most downloaded paper in Annals of Epidemiology.

She has been recognized with a shared governance award by the University of Missouri campus and recognized multiple times as professor of the year by her graduate students. In her research, teaching, service, and leadership, she is passionate about understanding what is effective for impact.


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): Sociology: University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Master of Public Health (MPH): St. Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Public Health/Epidemiology: St. Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice

Areas of expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Application of systems-science to design effective interventions for population health improvement at the macro-level, including complex state-wide program evaluation

Recent funding

  • Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Value-Based Medical Student Education Program. PI: LeFevre. Role: Key Personnel. 09/30/23-09/29/27. $16 million.
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): Adversity to Action: Mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural Missouri. Role: Principal Investigator. 09/01/23-08/31/26. $349,950.
  • Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA): An Innovative Model to Increase Primary Care Physicians for Rural and Underserved Missouri. PI: Quinn. Role: Co-Investigator. 07/01/23-06/30/24. $5.6 million.
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): Show-Me ACEs Prevention: Empowering Individuals and Families in Minority Rural Communities through Trauma-Informed Health Education and Capacity Building. Role: co-Principal Investigator with Chanay and Monk. 09/01/22-08/31/24. $350,000.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS): Overdose Data to Action (OD2A). Role: Principal Investigator. 01/01/21-08/31/23. $531,785.

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