College of Public Health students graduating

Robin Vanderpool DrPH, CHES

Department: Health Behavior

Title: Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Email Address:

Phone: (859) 219-0773 ext. 270

Location: 2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A230, Lexington, KY

CV: Vanderpool_CV_May_2013.pdf

Robin C. Vanderpool is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Deputy Director of the CDC-funded, UK Rural Cancer Prevention Center. In January 2010, Dr. Vanderpool concluded her 10 year tenure with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service awarded locally to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Control Program. During her time with the CIS, Robin served as a both health educator and senior research coordinator. In her former position as CIS Senior Research Coordinator, Robin was responsible for working collaboratively with researchers across the southeastern US to formulate research projects with CIS, develop funding applications, coordinate the implementation of studies conducted with the CIS, and translate and strategically disseminate CIS research findings. Dr. Vanderpool’s current work with the Rural Cancer Prevention Center is focused on breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer prevention and control activities in Appalachian Kentucky, specifically the eight-county Kentucky River Health District. Dr. Vanderpool’s RCPC projects include HPV vaccination initiatives among young adult women and high-school students; understanding mammography experiences of Appalachian women; and colorectal cancer literacy and numeracy assessments. Dr. Vanderpool was recently selected as a scholar in the NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health program administered by the UK College of Medicine. Her BIRCWH project will focus on the confluence of breast cancer and low-wage employment among women in Kentucky.

Robin joined the University of Kentucky College of Public Health faculty in fall 2006 as a Research Assistant Professor and transitioned to the tenure-track title series in January 2009. Dr. Vanderpool has teaches a variety of courses for the college, incuding the MPH core health behavior theory course (CPH 604), the MPH introductory public health course (CPH 663), and a health behavior selective, Rural Health Disparities (CPH 644).

From 1999-2000, Robin served as both a health communications intern (Health Promotions Branch) and fellow (Patient Education Branch) at the National Cancer Institute. Robin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychobiology from Centre College and a Master of Public Health Degree from Western Kentucky University. She graduated with a Doctorate of Public Health degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health in May 2006. She is also certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Research Interests
Robin's professional interests include cancer health disparities among rural and Appalachian populations, dissemination research, cancer information-seeking behaviors, cancer health literacy, qualitative research, and the impact of cancer on employment and treatment outcomes.

In the News

UK Receives $3.75 Million CDC Grant for Rural Cancer Prevention
The University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC), housed at the College of Public Health, has received $3.75 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote colorectal cancer screening in Central Appalachia. The UK RCPC is one of just 26 CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers (PRC) in the country, and the only one focused on developing and disseminating strategies for rural cancer prevention.