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Photo of Robin VanderpoolRobin Vanderpool, DrPH,CHES
Assistant Professor
859-219-0773 Ext. 270

Curriculum Vitae

Robin C. Vanderpool is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Deputy Director of the CDC-funded, UK-based Rural Cancer Prevention Center. In January 2010, Dr. Vanderpool concluded her 10 year tenure with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service awarded locally to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Control Program. During her time with the CIS, Robin served as a both health educator and research coordinator. In her most recent position as Senior Research Coordinator, Robin was responsible for working collaboratively with researchers across the southeastern US to formulate research projects with CIS, develop funding applications, coordinate the implementation of studies conducted with the CIS, and translate and strategically disseminate CIS research findings. Dr. Vanderpool’s work with the Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC) is focused on breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer prevention and control activities in Appalachia Kentucky, specifically the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District. Dr. Vanderpool’s RCPC projects include HPV vaccination and Pap testing-related initiatives and colon cancer health literacy and numeracy assessments. Robin is also a co-investigator on the Cervical Cancer-Free Kentucky Initiative aimed at impacting cervical cancer disparities in Kentucky through prevention of HPV infection, timely screening and diagnosis, access to follow-up care and treatment, and changes in cervical cancer-related health policy.

Robin joined the University of Kentucky College of Public Health faculty in fall 2006 as a Research Assistant Professor and transitioned to the tenure-track title series in January 2009. She currently teaches the MPH core Health Behavior course (CPH 604) and Rural Health Disparities (CPH 644).

From 1999-2000, Robin served as both a health communications intern (Health Promotions Branch) and fellow (Patient Education Branch) at the National Cancer Institute.

Robin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychobiology from Centre College and a Master of Public Health Degree from Western Kentucky University. She graduated with a Doctorate of Public Health degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health in May 2006. She is also certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Research Interests

Robin's professional interests include cancer health disparities among rural and Appalachian populations, dissemination research, cancer information-seeking behaviors, cancer health literacy, and qualitative research.