Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Karon Frances Cook, PhD

Karon Frances Cook, PhD

Research Professor of Medical Social Sciences

Focus of Work

Bio

Dr. Karon Cook is Research Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology with a concentration in quantitative methods. After completing this degree at the University of Texas at Austin, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Center for Health Care Quality and Utilization Studies, Veterans Health Services Research, Houston, TX. Before coming to Northwestern in 2010, Dr. Cook served...[Read full text]Dr. Karon Cook is Research Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology with a concentration in quantitative methods. After completing this degree at the University of Texas at Austin, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Center for Health Care Quality and Utilization Studies, Veterans Health Services Research, Houston, TX. Before coming to Northwestern in 2010, Dr. Cook served as Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seattle, Washington.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Dr. Cook's work has focused both on applications of modern psychometric approaches and on advancing methodological science. In recent years Dr. Cook has promoted the need for better methods for interpreting scores on health outcome measures. She and her colleagues at Northwestern University have applied approaches developed in educational testing to the interpretation of scores from health measures. This has including applying a “Bookmarking” method to develop cut scores for symptom severity lev...[Read full text]Dr. Cook's work has focused both on applications of modern psychometric approaches and on advancing methodological science. In recent years Dr. Cook has promoted the need for better methods for interpreting scores on health outcome measures. She and her colleagues at Northwestern University have applied approaches developed in educational testing to the interpretation of scores from health measures. This has including applying a “Bookmarking” method to develop cut scores for symptom severity levels (e.g., no problems, moderate, mild, severe) in the context of patient reported outcomes. She has recently applied similar methods in the estimation of thresholds for meaningful change scores. Dr. Cook has served as principle investigator on multiple grants and contracts funded by National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Defense, and VA Health Services and Rehabilitation Research. She is also known for her efforts in developing accessible webinars and presentations on the science of PROs.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • PhD: University of Texas (1996)