Dr. Stephanie Cook is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Health at the College of Global Public Health. Dr. Cook received her Masters of Public in the department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2008 and her Doctorate of Public Health in the same department in 2013. Dr. Cook’s substantive areas of research relate to examining how inter- and intra- personal features of close relationships influence racial/ethnic and sexual minority health. More specifically, Dr. Cook’s research has two related goals. First, she has developed an integrated theory of adult attachment (i.e., the development, or lack, of strong socio-emotional bonds) and minority stress (i.e., social stress experienced by individuals in minority social groups) as a means to better understand and address the poor health and HIV prevention needs of disadvantaged youth transitioning to adulthood (Cook & Calebs, 2016). Second, her goal is to utilize this theoretical framework of attachment and minority stress to inform and create effective health disparities prevention programs for vulnerable racial/ethnic and sexual minority youth transitioning to adulthood. The innovation and importance of Dr. Cook’s work has been celebrated through multiple national awards. For instance, Dr. Cook received the Early Stage Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research in June 2016.
DrPH Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health 2013, Sociomedical Sciences
MPH Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health 2013, Sociomedical Sciences
BA The University of Michigan 2001, Psychology and Women’s Studies
2015-2017: Developmental features of minority stress, resilience, and risk among sexual minority emerging adult men (PI of Diversity Supplement: SH Cook; PI: P. Halkitis - 2R01DA025537; Funder: NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse)
2014-2015: Attachment, minority stress, and physical health study (PI: SH, Cook; Funder: The University of Michigan)
2010-2013: HIV risk in urban populations of Black men who have sex with men and women (PI: SH Cook - F31 MH087125; Funder: NIH/National Institute of Mental Health)
2008-2010: IMSD at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health (Role- Student; SH Cook; PI: AF Abraido-Lanza - 2R25GM62454; Funder: NIH/National Institute of General Medical Science)
Matilda White Riley Distinguished Early Stage Investigator Award, National Institutes of Health (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences), June 2016
2015 Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award, The University of Michigan, August 2015
American Psychological Association Smoking Dissemination Award, July 2015
Poster Award, Excellence in Innovation and Advanced Research in the Field of Sexual Health, American Public Health Association, November 2014
Department of Sociomedical Sciences Dissertation Proposal Nomination Award, Columbia University, July 2011
Excellence in Abstract Submission, American Public Health Association, June 2011
The HIV/AIDS Section Student Scholarship, American Public Health Association, June 2011
Student Travel Award, Mailman School of Public Health, October 2009
Outstanding Student Ambassador Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, September 2010
Quantitative Training Award, American Psychological Association, August 2008
Sociomedical Sciences Research Award, Columbia University, September 2006
James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan, March 2006
Student Recognition Award and Scholarship, University of Michigan, April 2005
Cook, S. H., Juster, R. P., Calebs, B. J*., Heinze, J., & Miller, A. (2017). Cortisol Profiles Differ by Race/Ethnicity among Young Sexual Minority Men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 75, 1–4. [Epub ahead of print].
Boone, M. R., Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P. A. (2016). Sexual Identity and HIV Status Influence the Relationship Between Internalized Stigma and Psychological Distress in Black Gay and Bisexual Men. AIDS Care, 28, 764-777.
Cook, S. H., & Calebs, B. J*. (2016). The Integrated Attachment and Sexual Minority Stress Model: Understanding the Role of Adult Attachment in the Health and Well-Being of Sexual Minority Men. Behavioral Medicine, 42, 164-173.
Cook, S. H., Halkitis, P. N., & Kapadia, F. (2016). Relationship Cognitions and Longitudinal Trajectories of Sexual Risk Behavior Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men: The P18 Cohort Study. Journal of Health Psychology. 2016 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print].
Cook, S. H., Heinz, J., Miller, A., & Zimmerman, M. (2016). Transitions in Friendship Attachment are Associated With Developmental Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms Through Adulthood Among Urban Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58, 200-206.
Cook, S. H., Watkins, D., Calebs, B. J*. & Wilson, P.A. (2016). Attachment Orientation and Sexual Risk Behaviour Among Young Black Gay and Bisexual Men. Psychology & Sexuality, 7, 177-196.
Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P. A. (2016). Adult Attachment as a Moderator of the Association Between Childhood Traumatic Experiences and Depression Symptoms Among Young Black Gay and Bisexual Men. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 2016 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print].
Wilson, P. A., Meyer, I., Antebi, N., Boone, M., & Cook, S. H. (2016). Profiles of Resilience and Psychosocial Outcomes among Young Black Gay and Bisexual Men. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 144-57.
Cook, S. H., Bauermeister, J. A., & Zimmerman, M. (2015). Sex Differences in Virtual Network Characteristics and Sexual Risk Behavior Among Emerging Adults. Journal of Emerging Adulthood, 4, 284-297.
Cook, S. H., Valera, P., & Wilson, P. A. (2015). HIV Status Disclosure, Depressive Symptoms, and Sexual Risk Behavior Among HIV-Positive Young Men Who Have Sex With Men. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 507-517.
Valera, P., Anderson, M., Cook, S. H., Wylie-Rosett, J., Rucker, J., & Reid, A. E. (2015). The Smoking Behaviors and Cancer-Related Disparities Among Urban Middle-Aged and Older Men Involved in the Criminal Justice System. Journal of Cancer Education, 30, 86-93.
Higgs, E. S., Goldberg, A. B., Labrique, A., Cook, S. H., Schmid, C., Cole, C., & Obregon, R. (2014). Understanding the Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Enhancing Child Survival and Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: An Evidence Review. International Journal of Health Communication, 19, 164-189.
Valera, P., Cook, S. H., Darout, R., & Dumont, D. M. (2014). “They Are Not Taking Cigarettes From Me. . . I’m Going to Smoke My Cigarettes Until the Day I Die. I Don’t Care If I Get Cancer”: Smoking Behaviors of Men Under Community Supervision in New York City. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16, 800-806.
Valera, P., Cook, S.H., Macklin, R. & Chang, Y. (2014). Conducting Health Disparities Research With Criminal Justice Populations: Examining Research, Ethics, and Participation. Ethics & Behavior, 24, 164-174.
Cook, S. H., Sandfort, T. G. M., Nel, J. A., & Rich, E. P. (2013). Gender Nonconformity, Discrimination, and Depression Among Black South African Men Who Have Sex with Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 327-330.
Rodriguez, K., Castor, D., Mah, T., Cook, S. H., Auguiste, L., Halkitis, P.N., & Markowitz, M. (2013). Participation in Research Involving Novel Sampling and Study Designs to Identify Acute HIV-1 Infection: A Focused Interview Among a Group of Men Who Have Sex With Men. AIDS Care, 25, 1-7.
Boone, M. R., Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P. A. (2013). Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior in HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex With Men: An Episode-Level Analysis. AIDS and Behavior, 17, 1883-1887.
Cook, S. H., Bauermeister, J. A., Gordon-Messer, D., & Zimmerman, M. (2012). Online Network Influences on Emerging Adults’ Alcohol and Drug Use. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 1674-86.
Martinez, D., Saccone, P. A., Liu, F., Slifstein, M., Orlowska, D., Grassetti, A., Cook, S., Broft, A., Van Heertum, R., & Comer, S. D. (2011). Deficits in Dopamine D2 Receptors and Pre-Synaptic Dopamine in Heroin Dependence: Commonalities and Differences With Other Types of Addiction. Biological Psychiatry, 7, 192-198.
Wilson, P. A., Cook, S. H., McGaskey, J., Rowe, M., & Dennis, N. (2008). Situational Predictors of Sexual Risk Episodes Among Men with HIV Who Have Sex With Men. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 84, 506-508.
* Student Author
Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
Cook, S. H., Calebs, B*, Perry, M*., & Hopkins, R*. (in press). Minority Males: Cultural Stressors and Their Impact on Health and Well-Being. In A. B. Blume (Ed.), Social Issues in Living Color: Challenges and Solutions from the Perspective of Ethnic Minority Psychology. United States: Praeger Books.
Powell, W., Blume, A., Cook, S. H., Courtney, W., Griffith, D. M., Halkitis, P. N., Johnson, W., Mankowski, E. S., Quionenes-Maldonado, R., Thorpe, R. J., Watkins, D. (in press) The American Psychological Association Working Group Report on Health Disparities in Boys and Men.
Cook, S. H. (February 2015). What Does Attachment Have to Do With HIV Transmission Among Young Gay Black and Bisexual Men? The American Men’s Studies Association Quarterly Newsletter.
Invited Speaker. (2016, October). Close Relationships and Health: Understanding the Association between Attachment, Minority Stress, and Poor Health. Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health. New York Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY
Invited Speaker. (2016, June). Analyzing Count Data: The Benefits and Limitations of Poisson and Negative Binomial Models. Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies. New York University, New York, NY. Invited Speaker. (2016, April). Longitudinal Data Analysis Workshop. Department of Psychology. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Invited Speaker. (2015, March). Holistic Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities Among Sexual Minority Boys and Men in the United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) Meeting of Experts on “Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity: Addressing Disparities in Men and Boys of Color.” The American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Invited Speaker. (2015, January). Exploring the Association Between Attachment and Health Among Highly Marginalized Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. Developmental Psychology Brown Bag Series. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Invited Speaker. (2014, November). Bio-Behavioral Approaches to HIV Prevention Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. Undergraduate Research Opportunity Seminar (UROP). The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Invited Speaker. (2014, October). “An Identity Within an Identity”: Understanding the Relationship Between Minority Stress and Physical Health Among Young Gay Black and Bisexual Men. Gender, Sexuality, and Youth: The Plight of Young Men at the Intersection of Multiple Identities Panel Discussion. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Guest Lecturer. (2014, February). Close Relationships and Health: Understanding the Transition to Adulthood for Young Gay Black Men. Human Sexuality Across the Life Course. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Guest Lecturer. (2014, February). Attachment Theory, Sexual Orientation and Health Among Highly Disadvantaged Emerging Adults. Social Equity and Equality. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Invited Speaker. (2012, December). The Exploration of Adult Romantic Attachment in Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. Food For Thought Seminar. Columbia University, New York, NY.
Guest Lecturer. (2012, July). The HIV/AIDS Pandemic: How Far Have We Really Come? Topics in Reproductive Health (Domestic and International Perspectives), Hunter College, New York, NY.
Invited Speaker. (2012, April). Exploring the Relationship Between Trauma and Psychological Distress Among HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Syndemics Theory Approach to Addressing Social Health Disparities. Doctoral Working Group Meeting. Columbia University, New York, NY.
Invited Speaker. (2011, October). The Exploration of Adult Romantic Attachment in Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (YBMSM). Seminar Series in Gender, Sexuality and Health. Columbia University, New York, NY.
Invited Speaker. (2011, February). Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Seminar. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Selected conference presentations
Heinze, J. E., Cook, S. H., Dumadag*, A., Zimmerman, M. A. (2016, November). Adult Attachment Style Moderates the Effect of Adolescent Exposure to Violence on Emerging Adult Depression and Anxiety Trajectories. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association 144nd Annual Convention, Denver, CO.
Cook, S. H., Heinze, J., Miller, A. L., & Zimmerman, M. (2015, May). Understanding Factors Influencing the Development of Close Relationships with Peers and Romantic Partners. In L. Rivera (Chair), Familial Social Support During Early Adolescence Is Associated With Transitions in Attachment Insecurity During Late Adolescence and Long-Term Depression. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Science Association Conference, New York, NY.
Cook, S. H., Watkins, D., Martos, A., & Wilson, P. A. (2015, May). Correlates and Outcomes of Health Disparities in Sexual Risk Behaviors for Diverse Young Adults. In L. Rivera (Chair), Adult Attachment Insecurity as a Predictor of Sexual Risk Behavior Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men. Symposium conducted at the Society for Prevention Research Conference, Washington, DC.
Cook, S. H., Bauermeister, J. A., & Zimmerman, M. (2014, November). Gender Differences in Virtual Network Characteristics and Sexual Risk Among Emerging Adults. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.
Cook, S. H., Hammond, W. P., Halkitis, P., Johnson, W. J. (2014, August). Reducing Health Disparities: Psychology’s Role in Improving the Health of Boys and Men. Symposium at the American Psychological Association 122nd Annual Convention, Washington, DC.
Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P.A. (2013, August). Adult Attachment Moderates the Relationship Between Mental Health and Sexual Risk in Gay Black Men. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association 121st Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P.A. (2013, June). Adult Attachment Insecurity as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Depression. Oral presentation at the LGBT Psychology and Related Fields First Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P. (2011, October). Childhood Sexual Trauma as a Predictor of Psychological Distress Among Black HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association 138th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P. A. (2009, November). Exploring the Relationship Between Emotional Well-Being and Partner Selection for HIV-Positive MSM in New York City. Oral presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Annual Conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P. A. (2008, October). The Role of Partner Support in Promoting Health and Well-Being Among HIV-Positive Men. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association 136th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
Cook, S. H. (2007, April). Partner Support as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Depression and Disease Progression in HIV-Positive Men Who Sleep With Men. Oral presentation at Columbia University Diversity Day Research Conference, New York, NY.
Cook, S. H., & Greene, K. (2007, March). Cocaine Is Associated With the Decrease of Extracellular Dopamine. Poster presentation at New York State Psychiatric Institute Neuroscience Poster Presentation Session, New York, NY.