- Homeless families
- Shelter-based services
- Organizational learning/development
- Community development
Dr. Cook-Craig received her B.S.W. in Social Work and her B. A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin (1992), her M.S.S.W. from the University of Texas at Arlington (1994), and her doctorate in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006).
Her current research and publications focus on community and organizational development, social networks, and violence prevention. Dr. Cook-Craig’s most recent publications include the Impact of organizational learning on after school programs: An international study inEvaluation and Program Planning and the Kentucky Statewide Violence Prevention Strategic Plan. Dr. Cook-Craig served as co-chair of the International Task Force at the College of Social Work which organized the first annual week long colloquium on Peace, Social Justice and Reconciliation: Linking Social Work to the Global Community (2005). Dr. Cook-Craig is currently collaborating with multiple partners to develop and evaluate new strategies for the prevention of violence in Kentucky. She serves as the EMPOWER Evaluator for the State of Kentucky, part of a six-state Center for Disease Control and Prevention funded project to increase the capacity of states to prevent the perpetration of sexual violence, and as a member of the evaluation team for the START project, a new Cabinet for Health and Families initiative designed to help families who are in need of services for both child abuse and substance use. Through these efforts, she is helping to stimulate novel research that advances our understanding of how to optimize community collaborative networks to engage in primary prevention strategies.
In addition, Dr. Cook-Craig is also a member of a bi-national research collaboration with a team of Israeli researchers that studies organizational learning and its impact on organizational development and the use of virtual communities of practice as a mechanism for inventing, testing, and disseminating new knowledge in the field of social work.
Dr. Cook-Craig serves as a standing member of the EMPOWER project’s Kentucky State Prevention Team and the State Capacity Building Team, the Cabinet for Health and Families’ START project steering committee, and the CDC EMPOWER project Getting to Outcomes Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA), and the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR).She has presented research at state, national and international conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals, and mentors research assistants, practicum students and doctoral candidates.