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Racquel “Kelly” Kohler, PhD

Dr. KohlerDr. Racquel “Kelly” Kohler received her MSPH in Health Policy and Management and her PhD in Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lived and worked in Malawi as a Fogarty fellow to conduct her mixed methods dissertation study on breast cancer early diagnosis. Dr. Kohler completed her postdoctoral training fellowship in Cancer Prevention at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is a resident member of the Cancer Health Equity Center in Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Rutgers School of Public Health

Research Overview

Dr. Kohler’s research is primarily focused on analyzing social, behavioral, and structural determinants of cancer disparities among vulnerable populations. Specifically, she is interested in developing and evaluating interventions to improve breast and cervical cancer control in racial/ethnic minorities and socio-economically vulnerable populations. Dr. Kohler uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how women’s preferences influence health service utilization and prevention behaviors. She has worked on a number of community-based, epidemiological, and intervention studies in domestic and international settings. Much of her current research focuses on implementation of HPV self-sampling for cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination.

Research Interests

  • Cancer screening and early detection
  • Cervical cancer prevention
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer disparities
  • Global cancer control
  • Health care for homeless

Current Projects