Linda K. Ko

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Assistant 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 507
    Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice

Brenner AT, Ko LK, Janz N, Gupta S, Inadomi J. Race/Ethnicity and Primary Language: Health Beliefs about Colorectal Cancer Screening in a Diverse, Low-Income Population. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015;26(3):824-38. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2015.0075.  PMID: 26320917

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 Dec;29(4):781-9. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0654-6.  PMID: 24748097    PMCID: PMC4206667

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 Oct;39(5):857-62. doi: 10.1007/s10900-014-9844-8.  PMID: 24532309    PMCID: PMC4134757

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

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

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

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.