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Center Endowed Faculty Receive Prestigious Awards

Diane R. Follingstad

Dr. Diane Follingstad, Women’s Circle Endowed Chair was awarded the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Award during the 17th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma in September 2012.  The goal of the award is to encourage continued research in the field by recognizing either new or established researchers who have made substantial contributions to the field of intimate partner violence.  The award honors Dr. Saltzman who was a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on the prevention of intimate partner family violence. 

Dr. Follingstad’s research has focused on issues related to battered women, physical dating violence and factors impacting jury verdicts in cases where battered women killed a partner.  Her research efforts have led to a more sophisticated measurement of psychological aggression and abuse, and she has published a critique regarding the problems of measurement in this field.  Her current research focuses on less conscious influences that impact decisions to prosecute battered women who have killed their abusers and on potential mediating factors that explain why some women develop prescription drug problems after exposure to psychological maltreatment.

In 2008 Dr. Follingstad joined the Center as the inaugural Women’s Circle Endowed Chair.  She is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine. 

Ann Coker

Dr. Ann Coker, Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair was awarded the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA) at a ceremony October 29, 2012.  The award recognizes an outstanding epidemiologist for excellence in epidemiologic practice or research and is the oldest award given by the Epidemiology Section of APHA. 

Dr. Coker’s career has centered mainly on the field of women’s health, with specific attention to intimate partner violence, the impact of violence on women’s health, and reproductive and sexual health.  Her current research includes an evaluation of a primary prevention intervention program being implemented in Kentucky high schools to decrease dating and sexual violence, and an investigation of the possible connection between violence against women and disparities in cancer care for women.  

In 2007 Dr. Coker became the Center’s first chair when she assumed the role of the Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair.  She is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine; she also serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Public Health.  

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