College of Public Health students graduating

Robin Vanderpool DrPH, CHES

Department: Health, Behavior & Society • Rural Cancer Prevention Center

Title: Associate Professor | Principal Investigator, ACCESS

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Phone: (859) 218-2102

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

CV: Vanderpool CV_May 2016.pdf

Robin C. Vanderpool is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Society, Principal Investigator of the CDC-funded Appalachian Center for Cancer Education, Screening, and Support (ACCESS), co-investigator with the CDC-funded UK Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC), and co-director of the UK Markey Cancer Center’s Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource Facility. Additionally, Dr. Vanderpool’s research is funded by two administrative supplements awarded to the UK Markey Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (HPV vaccination; community health education and outreach); an internal pilot grant from UK Markey Cancer Center focused on integrating cancer registry data into survivorship care planning; and the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative, a multi-component lung cancer initiative funded by the Bristol-Myer Squibb Foundation.

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; she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in spring 2015. Dr. Vanderpool teaches a variety of courses for the college, including the MPH core health behavior theory course (CPH 604), a health behavior selective, Rural Health Disparities (CPH 644), the health behavior capstone course (CPH 608), and a class focused on public health ethics (CPH 763).

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.

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 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, HPV vaccination, dissemination and implementation research, the impact of cancer on employment and treatment outcomes, and cancer survivorship.



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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.