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Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Faculty Profile

  • Racquel Kohler, PhD

  • Instructor

  • Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

  • CV


Cancer disparities; global cancer control; resource limited settings; homelessness; sexual/reproductive health; breast cancer; cervical cancer prevention; implementation science; mixed methods; preference elicitation

Dr. 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 disertation 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 where she examined the implementation of various HPV self-sampling interventions to increase cervical cancer screening in Southern Africa, South America, and women experiencing homelessness in the USA.

Research Highlights

Dr. Kelly Kohler is trained in health services research and behavioral sciences. Her goal is to improve cancer control among socially and economically marginalized populations by increasing access to cancer screening and treatment services. Her work uses qualitative and quantitative methods to address psychosocial, health system, and structural barriers to cancer services among underserved populations. Dr. Kohler’s work starts with community outreach and follows individuals through diagnosis to oncology care, so she uses methods and theories from community-engaged research, behavioral science, and implementation science. She conducted the first discrete choice experiment in Southern Africa to elicit women’s preferences for cancer early detection and screening. Dr. Kohler also collaborates on cancer education, sexual/reproductive health, and HIV prevention and treatment projects in Botswana, Malawi, Argentina, and India.

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