Linda Ko, PhD

faculty member

Linda Ko, PhD

Joint Full Professor, Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Fax: 206.667.7056
Mail Stop: M3-B232

Dr. Linda Ko is a behavioral scientist and the director of the Hutch’s Health Communication Research Center, or HCRC. Her expertise involves the development, testing, evaluation and dissemination of health communication strategies to promote health equity. Her work draws from the disciplines of communication, marketing, social epidemiology and social behavioral sciences. She aims to understand a community’s behavior within the socio-cultural context, develop interventions that will address those behaviors, and translate scientific knowledge through community engagement. Her HCRC projects range from creating culturally appropriate cancer screening communication tools for populations with limited English proficiency to instituting community-wide obesity prevention campaigns for rural communities in Washington state.

For questions or additional information, contact:
Sonia Bishop
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N., M3-B232
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Health Services
University of Washington School of Public Health

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine


PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina, 2008

MPH, Epidemiology, Boston University, 2000

MS, Biological Science, University of Texas, 1999

BS, Biological Science, University of Texas, 1994

Current Projects

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 5-year project aims to implement and disseminate evidence-based cancer prevention interventions to address health disparities among minority and immigrant populations.

UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences [ITHS] – the goal of this 5-year collaboration is to develop successful community-academic partnerships and promote community engagement across the translational research spectrum.

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Email or call 206.667.2210