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Won Kim Cook, PhD, MPH

Won Kim Cook, PhD, is an associate scientist at the Alcohol Research Group. She has a strong interest in immigrant alcohol use and other health issues, particularly as they are affected by health disparities and ethnic cultures, community-based participatory research to investigate and address them, and alcohol and other policies for improving community health.

Currently Cook is the principal investigator of a research project on Asian American adolescent and young adult drinking funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Cook received a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University and a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at Northwestern University, Beloit College and other educational institutions.

Alcohol Use Among Asian American & Young Adults: Do Subgroups Differ?

This study will improve knowledge about Asian American adolescent and young adult drinking and inform effective intervention strategies. It is a secondary analysis of an Asian American sample extracted from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to test hypotheses such as that having low attachment to parents and more close friends who drink are associated with higher alcohol use in adolescence and over time.

National Alcohol Research Center Pilot Studies: Pilot 4: A Pilot Study to Evaluate a Retrospective Dietary Assessment Tool

This study aims to use the Dietary Screener Questionnaire, which was developed by the National Cancer Center and assesses current diet, to develop a brief measure assessing both current and past diet (i.e., diet prior to diagnosis of an illness). An additional aim will be to test the validity and reliability of the adapted brief measure. As part of this project, questions intended to understand the circumstances under which dietary changes occurred and instructions to assist in recalling past diet will be developed and refined.


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