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Project Investigator Biography

Kathryn Coe, Ph.D. Kathryn Coe, Ph.D.

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
2214 N. Central Ave., Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
phone: (602) 258-4822
fax: (602) 258-4825

Tucson Office:
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Office A250; 1295 N. Martin Avenue,
P.O. Box 245209
Tucson, AZ 85724-5209
phone: (520) 626-6965
fax: (520) 626-8716

Phoenix Office:
University of Arizona College of Medicine
550 E. Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2230
phone: (602)827-2205

Dr. Kathryn Coe is an Associate Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and is a member of the Arizona Cancer Center. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology and evolutionary biology and over 30 years experience conducting research and developing and evaluating health promotion programs in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Ecuador.

Her research experience has included a study of the impact of cancer-associated shame on compliance with medical recommendations among members of the Pascua Yaqui tribe; workplace experiences of long-term Fond du Lac Chippewa cancer survivors; and cervical and breast cancer-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of Hispanic women living in a large southwestern city. In Ecuador, she conducted studies on the effect of deforestation on health and well-being of a rainforest tribe, the Chachi; and, in the Andean highlands, a study of mothers’ prevention, early detection, and treatment of Helminth infections in children. In the United States, she has worked with African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians in the areas of reproductive cancers, cardiovascular disease, the meaning of health, and depression.

She has been Principal Investigator (PI) on a number of funded projects and is currently PI of the large regional Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network grant, housed at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (NIH/NCI 1 UO1 CA114696-01). She has published a book and numerous articles on culture and on health.

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Updated: 07/23/09