Donna Cole

MPH Steering Committee Member

PhD in Sociology, Northeastern University
Master of Public Health (MPH), University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Donna Cole currently teaches a course on HIV/AIDS in the Department of Sociology at Central Connecticut State University. Prior to teaching at Central, she worked for two years at Suffolk University as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, where she taught courses on social medicine and HIV/AIDS for the Master of Arts in Women’s Health program. In addition, she served as a mentor to students interested in minority women’s health and served as practicum coordinator for students who were conducting research on HIV/AIDS among African American women. Cole's research examines the impact of mental health on adherence among HIV-positive African-American women.

In 2010, Cole earned her Master of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Community Health Sciences, where she worked closely with faculty on a variety of issues including sexual assault prevention and HIV/AIDS. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Health Disparities and assisted in the data collection of a CDC-funded study on primary sexual assault and violence prevention. The majority of her work in the Epidemiology program at UNLV focused on the importance of structural intervention in the prevention of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa.

Cole’s doctoral studies focused on the status of health and education in post-colonial Botswana. While in Botswana she worked with the CDC Global AIDS Program to provide health education strategies. Her work there led her to draw parallels between the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS among women in Sub-Saharan Africa and African-American women in the United States.