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Research Interests

Dr. Coker is currently engaged in several research projects addressing the health effects of partner violence. She instituted a universal screening protocol in the University’s Obstetrics Clinics in February 2008 and is in the process of evaluating the impact of screening on women and infants. She received a five-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate a statewide intervention to reduce dating and sexual violence using a randomized design in 26 high schools across Kentucky. The intervention is a novel active bystander intervention designed to empower students to reduce violence within their social networks. She also serves as principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health grant for a five year cohort study to explore how life stresses including partner and family support or interference may impact cancer care and well-being for women diagnosed with breast, cervical or colorectal cancer in Kentucky. The Kentucky Cancer Registry and the Survey Research Laboratory are co-collaborators on that project.

  • Women's Health
  • Disparities in Cancer 
  • Effects of interpersonal violence on cancer

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of North Carolina

1989

Master of Public Health, Univ Of Texas Hlth Sci Ctr

1984

Bachelor of Science, Auburn University

1980

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