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Linda K. Ko
Assistant Professor

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.

Research Interests:
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

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Contact Information

email:   lko@fhcrc.org

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

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

Education

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)

Teaching   (Department of Health Services Courses)

  • HSERV 507
    Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice

Recent Publications



Molina Y, Hohl SD, Ko LK, Rodriguez EA, Thompson B, Beresford SA. Understanding the Patient-Provider Communication Needs and Experiences of Latina and Non-Latina White Women Following an Abnormal Mammogram. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Apr 22. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24748097


Ko LK, Turner-McGrievy GM, Campbell MK. Information processing versus social cognitive mediators of weight loss in a podcast-delivered health intervention. Health Educ Behav. 2014 Apr;41(2):197-206. doi: 10.1177/1090198113504413. Epub 2013 Sep 30.  PMID: 24082027


Taylor VM, Burke NJ, Ko LK, Sos C, Liu Q, Do HH, Talbot J, Yasui Y, Bastani R. Understanding HPV Vaccine Uptake Among Cambodian American Girls. J Community Health. 2014 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24532309


Ko LK, Reuland D, Jolles M, Clay R, Pignone M. Cultural and linguistic adaptation of a multimedia colorectal cancer screening decision aid for Spanish-speaking Latinos. J Health Commun. 2014;19(2):192-209. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2013.811325. Epub 2013 Dec 12.  PMID: 24328496


Reuland DS, Ko LK, Fernandez A, Braswell LC, Pignone M. Testing a Spanish-language colorectal cancer screening decision aid in Latinos with limited English proficiency: Results from a pre-post trial and four month follow-up survey. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2012 Jun 12;12:53. doi: 10.1186/1472-6947-12-53.  PMID: 22691191    PMCID: PMC3483183


Dissertation, Thesis & Capstone Committees (recent HSERV graduates)

2013
Member, thesis committee for Karen Blacher
Evaluation of a health communication campaign to increase blood pressure screenings among high risk community residents

2013
Member, dissertation committee for Alison Brenner
Development and assessment of algorithms for tailoring or targeting patient decision support in two disease models

Projects

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.