Kari Kugler, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health
The Pennsylvania State University
109 BBH Building
University Park, PA 16802
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.
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
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)