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Kathryn Coe Ph.D.

Kathryn  Coe Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin
Campus PO Box: 245163
Drachman Hall
Tucson, AZ 85724
(317) 278-3072


Kathryn Coe, PhD, is a Professor and Lilly Scholar in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division in the Department of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Her doctoral degree is in cultural anthropology and evolutionary biology and she has published widely on interactions between culture and health. Dr. Coe has over 30 years of experience conducting health research among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians. Dr. Coe has conducted research on the costs of diabetes for Hispanic and American Indians, cervical and breast cancer-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of Hispanic women living in a large southwestern city and a study of cardiovascular disease in African American women. Her research interests are broad, incorporating both chronic disease (breast cancer) and infectious disease (parasite infections, roundworm in particular, in children), and the inter-relationship between culture and health. Dr. Coe has been the Principal investigator of a number of NIH-funded grants focusing on such things as patient navigation, attitudes towards clinical trials; tribal community knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors related to cancer, no shows for repeat Pap tests, readiness for the HVP vaccine, and effectiveness of incorporating culture into health promotion interventions. Indiana University Email:

Research Synopsis

The University of Arizona