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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, Rillamas-Sun E, Bishop S, Cisneros O, Holte S, Thompson B. Together We STRIDE: A quasi-experimental trial testing the effectiveness of a multi-level obesity intervention for Hispanic children in rural communities. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Mar 5;67:81-86. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2018.02.013. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29501741

Ramanadhan S, Davis MM, Armstrong R, Baquero B, Ko LK, Leng JC, Salloum RG, Vaughn NA, Brownson RC. Participatory implementation science to increase the impact of evidence-based cancer prevention and control. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Mar;29(3):363-369. doi: 10.1007/s10552-018-1008-1. Epub 2018 Feb 7.  PMID: 29417296

Hoopes AJ, Benson SK, Howard HB, Morrison DM, Ko LK, Shafii T. Adolescent Perspectives on Patient-Provider Sexual Health Communication: A Qualitative Study. J Prim Care Community Health. 2017 Oct;8(4):332-337. doi: 10.1177/2150131917730210. Epub 2017 Sep 20.  PMID: 28929860

Perry CK, Ko LK, Hernandez L, Ortiz R, Linde S. Ciclovia in a Rural Latino Community: Results and Lessons Learned. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2017 Jul/Aug;23(4):360-363. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000555.  PMID: 28542020

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
PubMed Central

Member, thesis committee for Brendan Lo
Asessing emergency communication in cardiac arrest calls between 911 dispatchers and limited English proficient (LEP) callers

Member, thesis committee for Kathleen Salisbury
Medical provider perceptions of breastfeeding women who use recreational marijuana

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.