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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 Interests:
  • HIV and STD issues among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth
  • Community and Cultural Context of Health
  • Intervention Research
  • Research Design
  • Teaching Areas:
  • Health Disparities
  • Research Design
  • HIV/STD Prevention
  • Community Participatory Research
  • Current Research Projects:
  • NIMH: Differential Impact of HIV Intervention on Native Youth (9/04 -7/10, Principal Investigator): This project examines the differential effects of middle-school HIV prevention curriculum developed especially for American Indian students.
  • NIMH: Multilevel Analysis of American Indian Mental Health, Illness and Service Use (9/07 - 6/10, Principal Investigator)
  • CDC: Translating RESPECT with Native Communities (9/08 - 9/11, Principal Investigator): This translational research project assesses the external validity and potential dissemination in American Indian and Alaska Native communities of RESPECT, a proven HIV-prevention intervention.  
  • Education:
  • 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, 1997
  • Colorado School of Public Health

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