University of Texas, 1994, B.S., (Biological Science)
University of Texas, 1999, M.S. (Biological Science)
Boston University, 2000, M.P.H., (Epidemiology)
University of North Carolina, 2008, PhD, (Health Behavior and Health Education)
Dr. Ko is the director of the Health Communication Research Center (HCRC). She is a behavioral scientist with expertise in the development, testing, and evaluation of health communication strategies. Her work draws from the discipline of communication, marketing, social epidemiology, and social and behavioral sciences. Her research aims to understand community’s behavior within the socio-cultural context, develop interventions that will address those behaviors and translate knowledge through community-based participatory research. Her work has been funded from public agencies including the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ko received a PhD degree from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and is currently an Assistant Member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Department of Health Services. Dr. Ko is a native speaker of Spanish and Korean, and she is fluent in English, Spanish and Korean.
Together We STRIDE II –The overall goal of this 5-year intervention study is to institute a comprehensive, multi-level community based intervention at the Lower Yakima Valley.
Seattle Obesity Project – The goal of this 5-year multi-site project is to examine the impact of the environment on diet quality and physical activity in Washington State.
Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) –This project aims to implement and disseminate evidence-based cancer interventions to address health disparities among minority and immigrant populations.
UW Institute of Translational Health Service (ITHS) - The goal of this collaboration is to develop programs to promote community engagement in participatory research and build successful research partnerships between researchers and community-based organizations.