Kari Kugler, Ph.D. | The Methodology Center

Kari Kugler, Ph.D.

Kari Kugler, Ph.D.Research Associate, The Methodology Center


The Methodology Center

The Pennsylvania State University

400 Calder Square II

State College, PA 16801







Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2006 (Epidemiology)

M.P.H., University of Minneosta, 2001 (Community Health Education and Behavior)

B.A., St. Olaf College, 1995 (Biology and Environmental Studies)



Research Interests & Collaborations

My primary area of interest includes the development of effective and efficient behavioral interventions targeting a wide range of health behaviors among various populations and contexts.  In particular, I am interested in developing interventions targeting the intersection of sexual and reproductive health, including HIV, alcohol use and obesity among adolescents and young adults.  I collaborate with Linda Collins, Lori Francis, Jennifer Savage-Williams and colleagues at UNC-Greensboro on projects using the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST).  In addition, I work closely with Donna Coffman on using modern causal inference methods and Jennie Noll on understanding the impact of early child maltreatment on later sexual risk behaviors.

Recent Grants 

Social ecological determinants of young adult sexual risk behavior.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development R03 HD079711

Role: Principal Investigator


Building an Effective and Efficient Pediatric Obesity Preventive Intervention

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute Junior Faculty Career Development Award (KL2)

Role: Principal Investigator


Building Effective and Efficient Behavioral Interventions

NIH Loan Repayment Program Award

Role: Principal Investigator


Daily Stress Coping and Premature Cognitive Aging in Child Abuse Victims at Midlife 


Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Noll)


Healthy Bodies Project: Modifying Family and Preschool Environments to Prevent Obesity 


Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Francis)


Recent Publications

Collins, L.M., Trail, J., Kugler, K.C., Baker, T.B., Piper, M.E., & Mermelstein, R. (2014). Evaluating individual intervention components: making decisions based on the results of a factorial screening experiment. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 4, 238-251.

Collins, L.M., Dziak, J.J., Kugler, K.C., & Trail, J.B. (2014). Factorial experiments: Efficient tools for evaluation of intervention components. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47, 498-504.

Vasilenko, S.A., Kugler, K.C., Butera, N.M., & Lanza, S.T. (2014). Patterns of adolescent sexual behavior predicting young adult sexually transmitted infections: A latent class analysis approach. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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