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Carol Kaufman, PhD 

Interim Chair & Professor 

Carol Kaufman
Carol Kaufman, PhD

Carol E. Kaufman, PhD, is the Interim Chair of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. As a Professor, Dr. Kaufman has more than 18 years of experience conducting research with tribal communities​ in the Colorado School of Public Health's Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. She has grounded these efforts within a strong community-based participatory research framework, working closely with communities to enhance partnership and collaboration in all aspects of research. She is a demographer/sociologist with major research interests in: (1) the cultural and community context of adolescent risk-taking in sexual health and substance use; (2) the adaptation, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of theory-based health interventions within and across diverse communities; and (3) new applications and approaches in research design and methodology. Additionally, she works closely with the Office of Rural Health of the Department of Veteran Affairs to translate research into practice to improve the health and well-being of Native American Veterans. She also teaches undergraduate and doctoral level public health courses, and embraces innovative approaches to promoting a diverse and well-trained public health workforce. 

Research Interest:

  • Sexual health and teen pregnancy prevention among American Indian and Alaska Native youth
  • Mental and behavioral health among American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Community and cultural context of health
  • Intervention research
  • Research design and methodology

Teaching Areas:
  • Social Determinants of Health

  • Research Design, Cultural Context and the Standards of Evidence, and Evaluation Methodologies
  • Community Participatory Research

Research Projects (selected):
  • NIAAA: Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies among Urban Native Youth:  Mobile CHOICES (8/18-7/23).  This project will test the effectiveness of a culturally adapted mobile health intervention to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies among urban American Indian and Alaska Native young women.
  • VHA (Office of Rural Health):  The Context of Rural Native Veteran Suicide (10/16-9/19).  This project empirically assesses patterns and characteristics associated with suicide and suicide-related behavior for rural Native Veterans.  In addition, we will review suicide best practices to identify and develop an appropriate suicide prevention program.
  • CDC: Translating RESPECT with Native Communities (9/08 - 9/11, Principal Investigator): This translational research project assessed the external validity and potential dissemination in American Indian and Alaska Native communities of RESPECT, a proven HIV-prevention intervention. 
  • NIMH: Multilevel Analysis of American Indian Mental Health, Illness and Service Use (9/07 - 6/10, Principal Investigator).  This study explored the demography of mental illness, psychiatric disorders, cultural idioms of distress and impairment in 2 American Indian tribes, utilizing multilevel models to place mental illness in community and family context; and examined the geospatial context of service use, including both biomedical and traditional modalities.
  • NIMH: Differential Impact of HIV Intervention on Native Youth (9/04 -7/09, Principal Investigator): This project examined the differential effects of middle-school HIV prevention curriculum developed especially for American Indian students.​

  • Northwestern University, BS, Industrial Engineering, 1985
  • Tulane University, MA, Latin American Studies, 1988
  • University of Michigan, MA, Sociology, 1992
  • University of Michigan, PhD, Sociology, Demography, 1996
  • Colorado School of Public Health

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