Kohler Research Program

Research Overview

Dr. Kohler’s research is primarily focused on developing and implementing interventions to address social, behavioral, and structural determinants of cancer disparities. Specifically, her work evaluates interventions to improve human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancer control in racial/ethnic minorities and socio-economically vulnerable populations. Dr. Kohler uses both qualitative and quantitative methods in domestic and international settings. Much of her current work is on implementation of HPV self-sampling for cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination.

Research Interests

  • Cancer screening and early detection
  • Cervical cancer prevention
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer disparities
  • Global cancer control
  • Health care for homeless

Current Projects 

Laboratory Support

  • NIH/NCI K22 CA258675-01A1 (PI: Kohler) Addressing HPV vaccination disparities through tailored messaging for hesitant families
  • NIH/NCI P30CA072720-21S2 (PD: Kohler) Administrative Supplement for Cancer Center Support Grant to investigate vaccine hesitancy related to uptake of the HPV vaccine in regions with low adolescent HPV vaccination rates
  • Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Cancer Health Equity Research Pilot Award (Co-PI: Hudson and Kohler) Development of a Health Enhancement Resource System (HERS) to address urban, cervical cancer disparities