David J. Cook, PhD

Associate Professor
Vice Chancellor, KU Edwards Campus


Research Focus

Health communication, the health of underserved populations, health technology applications, workforce development and emergency preparedness.

Curriculum Vitae

Background

David J. Cook, PhD, is a new member of the University of Kansas leadership team, serving as the vice chancellor for the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kan. Cook assumed his role April 2013. Dr. Cook is also a Professor with Tenure with faculty positions in Communication Studies on the Lawrence Campus and in Health Policy and Management in the KU School of Medicine in Kansas City.

Under Dr. Cook's leadership, the Edwards Campus will continue its 20 year history to bring the high-quality academic programs, research and public service of the University of Kansas to Greater Kansas City. This will be achieved through strong partnerships with community colleges, K-12 and industry leaders.

Prior to his appointment at the Edwards Campus, Cook was the associate vice chancellor for community engagement at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In this role, he led a statewide infrastructure dedicated to working with communities, business partners, and regional leaders to advance the health of Kansas and beyond. Dr. Cook also served as the associate director of the Institute for Community and Public Health (ICPH), an entity dedicated to developing a new School of Public Health at the University of Kansas. The ICPH encompasses four academic departments with 43 faculty and more than $45 million in grant funding. This research figure puts KUMC among the top 25 of nationally accredited schools of public health.

Dr. Cook's research interests focus on health communication, the health of underserved populations, health technology applications, workforce development and emergency preparedness. He has been funded by 28 different federal, state and private grants, acquiring more than $11 million in extramural funding as a principal or co-principal investigator. He is currently co-investigator on two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants under review by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), illustrating his commitment to fostering entrepreneurship through academic and business partnerships. He has published 68 articles, book chapters and abstracts, including a co-edited case study book, and presented 77 scholarly presentations and posters at academic conferences. He has taught or co-taught 30 different courses, educating more than 1,000 students.

Cook completed a highly selective American Council on Education Fellowship where he was mentored by the provost at the University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill. During this fellowship he visited/interviewed 111 leaders from 23 national and international universities to engage diverse perspectives on a range of higher education leadership issues. 

Dr. Cook holds a master's and doctorate in organizational communication from The University of Kansas and a Bachelor's of Arts from Iowa State University.

He lives in Olathe, Kan., with his wife Katie and three children, Gage (14), Peyton (11) and Ella (10).

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Last modified: Oct 24, 2014

David J. Cook, PhD

Contact

David J. Cook, PhD
Associate Professor
Vice Chancellor, KU Edwards Campus

P: 913.897.8438
davidcook@ku.edu

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