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Linda K. Ko

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Associate Professor, Health Services


PhD   University of North Carolina, 2008   (Health Education, Health Behavior)
MPH   Boston University, 2000   (Epidemiology)
MS   University of Texas, 1999   (Biological Sciences)
BS   University of Texas, 1994   (Biological Sciences)

Contact Info


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N. M3-B232
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

voice:   206-667-7182
fax:   206-667-5977


Linda K. Ko is also a researcher at the Department of Cancer Prevention at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She has a strong interest in developing linguistic and cultural adaptation of health communication interventions for disadvantaged racial/ethnic population using new technology. She has extensive experience using formative and participatory research strategies for the development of health communication interventions for Latino population.

Health communication interventions using new media; decision making in cancer screening; mediators and moderators of behavior change; cancer prevention and control; obesity prevention; health literacy and health disparity; aging and social support

  • HSERV 204
    Communicating About Health: Current Issues and Perspectives
  • HSERV 507
    Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice

Ko LK, Taylor VM, Yoon J, Copeland WK, Hwang JH, Lee EJ, Inadomi J. The impact of medical tourism on colorectal screening among Korean Americans: A community-based cross-sectional study. BMC Cancer. 2016 Dec 1;16(1):931.  PMID: 27905896    PMCID: PMC5134124

Ko LK, Rodriguez E, Yoon J, Ravindran R, Copeland WK. A Brief Community-Based Nutrition Education Intervention Combined With Food Baskets Can Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Low-Income Latinos. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016 Oct;48(9):609-617.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.06.010.  PMID: 27485464

Reeves KW, Tehranifar P, Crane TE, Ko LK, Cameron C, Hamilton JG, Lavigne JA, Reiter PL, Thomson CA. Job Talks and Interviews: How to Stand Out and Fit In: A Report from the American Society of Preventive Oncology Junior Members Interest Group. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Jan;25(1):224-5. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-1024.  PMID: 26762809

Brenner AT, Gupta S, Ko LK, Janz N, Inadomi JM. Development of a Practical Model for Targeting Patient Decision Support Interventions to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening in Vulnerable Populations. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016;27(2):465-78. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0090.  PMID: 27180689

Perry CK, Nagel C, Ko LK, Duggan C, Linde S, Rodriguez EA, Thompson B. Active living environment assessments in four rural Latino communities. Prev Med Rep. 2015 Sep 21;2:818-23. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.09.001. eCollection 2015.  PMID: 26844156

Member, dissertation committee for Alison Brenner
Development and assessment of algorithms for delivering tailored or targeted patient decision support in two disease models

TBD Lavallee PCORI IDIQ application for the July 14, 2017 deadline
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
PI:   Lavallee           Dates:    9/4/2017 - 9/4/2020

A Multi-Media Colorectal Cancer Intervention for Latinos

The overall goal of this study is to develop, test, and evaluate a cultural and linguistic adaptation of an existing English language colorectal cancer screening decision aid for limited English proficient Latinos.

Information Processing of Health Communication Intervention

The overall goal is to assess how health communication interventions are processed by Latinos and how information processing leads to behavior change.