Linda K. Ko

Appointments and Affiliations

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division
Assistant Member, Appointed: 2011
University of Washington
Department of Health Services
Assistant Professor, Appointed: 2011
Professional Headshot of Linda K. Ko

Mailing Address

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, Washington 98109-1024
United States


Phone: (206) 667-7182
Fax: (206) 667-5977


Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Health Behavior and Health Education, 2008.
M.P.H., Boston University, Epidemiology, 2000.
M.S., University of Texas, El Paso, Biological Science, 1999.
B.S., University of Texas, El Paso, Biological Science, 1994.

Research Interests

Dr. Ko leads the newly-established Center for Health Communication. She focuses on the design, testing, and evaluation of theory-based interventions around nutrition, physical activity, and cancer screening using new technology among disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups. She is interested on how people make decisions to change behaviors and how the decision-making process leads to behavior change. 


American Public Health Association
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Society for Medical Decision Making
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Honors and Awards

National Institute of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program Award - Renewal, 2011-2013
NIH Loan Repayment Program Award, 2009-2011
Graduate Education Advancement Board's Impact Awards, UNC-CH, 2009


  • FHCRC: Development funds, 2011-2014.
  • NIH/NIMHD: Collaboration for a Healthy Community, Principal Investigator, 2013-2015.
  • CCSG: Cancer Communication within Social Networks, Principal Investigator, 2013-2014.

Recent Publications

David, MM, Ko L, Prudent N, Green EH, Posner MA, Freund KM.  2005.  Mammography use.. Journal of the National Medical Association. 97(2):253-61. Abstract