Christa L. Cook, PhD, MSN, RN, APHN-BC

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University of Florida
PO Box 100197,
Gainesville, FL 32610-0197
HPNP 4204

Telephone: 352-273-6350
Fax: 352-273-6577


Dr. Cook teaches undergraduate courses in professional nursing and graduate courses in Theory and Research.


Dr. Cook’s research focuses on HIV, Health Care Access and Engagement, Disparities, Community Engagement, and Qualitative Methods. Her dissertation research, A CBPR Approach to Facilitate Linkage to Care for Persons with HIV, sought to identify the decision process and influences regarding the decision to seek HIV care after diagnosis.  Dr. Cook is currently collaborating with faculty in the College of Public Health and the Florida Department of Health to develop a Florida HIV cohort.


Dr. Cook is actively involved in Rural South Public Health Training Center, Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research, Southern HIV/AIDS Alcohol Research Consortium, Ryan White CARE Consortium, Florida HIV Prevention Planning Group, and Alachua County Medical Reserve Corps. She holds memberships in the American Public Health Association, Sigma Theta Tau International – Alpha Theta Chapter, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Florida Association of Public Health Nurses, and the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators.

Area of expertise:

Dr. Cook’s area of expertise is Community and Public Health Nursing and she is currently board certified as an Advanced Public Health Nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Dr. Cook received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990. After working as a mental health worker, she returned to UNC – Chapel Hill and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996.  In 2010, she completed her Master of Science in Public Health Nursing at the University of Florida, College of Nursing. Dr. Cook completed her PhD in Nursing Sciences with a minor in Public Health in 2013.

Selected Publications:

Kneipp, S.M., Lutz, B.J., Levonian, C., Cook,C. (2012 – in press). Women’s experiences as participants in a community-based participatory research randomized controlled trial: Links between design and outcomes. Qualitative Health Research.

Lewis, M. , Erlen, J., DeVito-Dabbs, A., Breneman, K., Cook, C. (2006). The utility of the Purpose-in-Life Test in persons with AIDS. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 17(1): 51-59. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2005.11.005

Erlen, J., Mellors, M.P., Sereika, S., Cook, C. (2001) The use of Life Review to enhance quality of life of people living with AIDS: A feasibility study. Quality of Life Research, 10, 453-464. doi: 10.1023/A:1012583931564