Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH


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UF Term Professor
CTRB 4232
(352) 273-5869

Dr. Cook is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Florida, with a joint appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Cook’s research has focused on strategies to improve health outcomes related to HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. He is the Director of the Southern HIV Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC), which supports collaborative research and training related to alcohol and HIV infection across the state of Florida. Dr. Cook has led clinical trials of home screening for STDs, pharmacotherapy for hazardous drinking, and the use of continuous monitoring to change drinking behavior. He has expertise in longitudinal cohort studies related to HIV infection, and has done collaborative work with the MACS, WIHS, VACS, and CNICS Cohort studies. In addition, Dr. Cook has initiated the Florida Cohort in 2012, which continues to track over 900 persons with HIV infection in Florida. Dr. Cook’s research is translational, ranging from basic science to implementation science, and he is currently the PI or MPI of 4 major NIH grants with over $10 million in total research support. Most recently, Dr. Cook has begun to study the effects of marijuana on HIV-related health and cognition, the systemic connections between the gut microbiome and neuro-inflammation, the use of clinical information systems to improve quality of clinical pain management, and the use of real-time monitoring to measure alcohol consumption. Mentoring is an important aspect of Dr. Cook’s academic career. He has served as PhD dissertation chair for 7 students, PhD committee member for over 20 students, and mentor for numerous additional trainees, post-docs and junior faculty. When not working, Dr. Cook spends time with his family, plays in a rock-and-roll band, and tries to improve his tennis skills. Dr. Cook’s full bibliography can be reached here.


PhD Students

Rebecca FiskRebecca Fisk

Verlin JosephVerlin Joseph

Shannan RichShannan Rich

Veronica RichardsVeronica Richards

Ruba SajdeyaRuba Sajdeya

Akemi WijayabahuAkemi Wijayabahu

MSE Students

Nana SeneadzaNana Seneadza

MPH Students

Johanna HernandezJohanna Hernandez