Associate Professor Christa Cook’s program of research focuses on examining barriers and facilitators to engagement in HIV care, from prevention to viral suppression, and how public health nurses can facilitate transitions to improve individual and population healthcare. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Florida Department of Health, and she has published and presented widely. She is a 2019 recipient of a Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Award for a collaboration with faculty in the UCF College of Arts and Humanities to develop data-driven comics to educate providers about HIV discrimination and stigma. Her methodological expertise is in qualitative methods, and she leads a qualitative research colloquium at UCF that provides peer evaluation and expert support for faculty and graduate students engaging in qualitative research from multiple disciplines (public health, medicine, engineering, education, anthropology) and universities.

  • PhD, University of Florida
  • MSN, University of Florida
  • BSN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Selected Editorial Activities
  • Reviewer, Qualitative Health Research
  • Reviewer, Substance Abuse
  • Reviewer, Public Health Nursing
Selected Awards & Honors
  • Article of the Year, American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, 2018
Selected Professional Activities
  • Nominations Committee, American Public Health Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • International Association of Providers in AIDS Care
  • Sigma Theta Tau International

Expertise & Research

Research Areas
  • Aging & Vulnerable Populations
  • Community Health
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Mental Health / Psychiatric
  • Mixed Research Methods
  • Population Health: Adults
  • Population Health: Minority Health
  • Preventative Care
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Technology
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