Robert L. Cook, M.D., M.P.H.


Dr. Robert CookContact Information

Dr. Robert L. Cook
Department of Epidemiology
University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions & College of Medicine
2004 Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: (352) 273-5869
Website: Department of Epidemiology Profile; UF Emerging Pathogens Institute Profile


Professor, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health Professions, College of Medicine, University of Florida

Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Florida

Director, Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) (, SHARC Center for Translational HIV Research, University of Florida

Research Area

Prevention issues involving HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, including the overlap with substance abuse.


BSPH, Biostatistics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPH, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current Research

Dr. Cook’s research has focused on prevention issues involving HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The overlap of substance abuse and HIV/STD has been a major focus, and he is currently conducting an NIH-funded study to evaluate the impact of pharmacologic treatment for alcohol problems in HIV-infected women.  Dr. Cook has established collaborations with the Alachua County Health Dept, where he has collected data on risk behavior and the potential impact of digital media interventions within the HIV/STD clinic settings.  Multidisciplinary collaboration is a common theme in Dr. Cook’s work, as he seeks to link epidemiologic approaches with other scientific disciplines ranging from genetic assessment to behavioral health in high-risk populations. He is collaborating with other EPI scientists on projects such as HIV infection in Morocco, Malaria in Haiti, and vaginal bacteria in Florida. Read More Here

Recent Publications

  • Caetano KA, Bergamaschi FPR, Carneiro MAS, Pinheiro RS, Araujo LA, Mator MA, de Souza MM, Martins RMB, Motta-Castro RC, Soares CC, Cook RL, Teles SA. Hepatotropic viruses (hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E) in a rural Brazilian population: prevalence, genotypes, risk factors, and vaccination. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2020 Feb 7;114(2):91-98.  PMID:31608957.
  • *Xu Y, Chen X, Zhou Z, Morano J, Cook RL. The interaction between detectable plasma viral load and increased body mass index on hypertension among persons living with HIV. AIDS Care. 2020 Jul;32(7):890-895. PMID: 31530006.
  • *Escobar-Viera C, Zhou Z, Morano JP, Lucero R, Lieb S, McIntosh S, Clauson KA, Cook RL. The Florida Mobile Health Adherence Project for People Living with HIV (FL-mAPP):  longitudinal assessment of feasibility, acceptability, and clinical outcomes.  JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2020 Jan 8;8(1):e14557.  PMCID: PMC6996722.
  • Diiulio J, Militello LG, Andraka-Christou BT, Cook RL, Hurley RW, Downs SM, Anders S, Mamlin BW, Danielson EC, Harle CA. Factors that influence changes to existing chronic pain management plans. J Am Board Fam Med. 2020 Jan-Feb;33(1):42-50. PMCID: PMC7301400.
  • Algarin AB, Zhou Z, Canidate S, Gebru NM, Krieger JL, Neil JM, Cook RL, Ibañez GE. PrEP awareness among people living with HIV in Florida: Florida Cohort study. AIDS Care. 2020 Jan 21:1-6. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1717421. PMID: 31960703.
  • Bryant VE, Gullett JM, Porges EC, Cook RL, Bryant KJ, Woods AJ, Williamson J, Ennis N, Cohen RA. History of alcohol consumption and HIV status related to functional connectivity differences in the brain during working memory performance. Curr HIV Res. 2020;18(3):181-193. PMCID: PMC7315564.
  • *Villalba K, Cook C, Dévieux JG, Ibañez GE, Oghogho E, Neira Camila, Cook RL. Facilitators and barriers to a contingency management alcohol intervention involving a transdermal alcohol sensor.  Heliyon.  2020 Mar 26;6(3):e03612.  PMCID: PMC7103775.
  • *Ibañez GE, Zhou Z, Cook C, Slade T, Somboonwit C, Morano J, Harman J, Bryant K, Ennis N, Brumback B, Algarin AB, Spencer EC, Cook RL.  The Florida Cohort Study: methodology, initial findings and lessons learned from a multisite cohort of people living with HIV in Florida.  AIDS Care. 2020 Apr 3;1-9. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32242455.
  • Algarin AB, Sheehan DM, Varas-Diaz N, Fennie KP, Zhou Z, Spencer EC, Cook RL, Morano JP, Ibañez GE. Healthcare-specific enacted HIV-related stigma’s association with antiretroviral therapy adherence and viral suppression among people living with HIV (PWLH) in Florida.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs.  2020 Jul;34(7):316-326.  PMID: 32639208.
  • *Xu Y, Chen X, Wijayabahu A, Zhou Z, Yu B, Spencer EC, Cook RL. Cumulative HIV viremia copy-years and hypertension in people living with HIV. Curr HIV Res. 2020;18(3):143-153. PMID: 32003696.
  • Agana DFG, Striley CW, Cook RL, Cruz-Almeida Y, Carek PJ, Salemi JL. A novel approach to characterizing readmission patterns following hospitalization for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Apr;35(4):1060-1068. PMCID: PMC7174498.
  • Song HJ, Squires P, Wilson D, Lo-Ciganic W, Cook RL, Park H. Trends in HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis prescribing in the United States, 2012-2018.  JAMA, 2020;324(4):395-397.
  • Williams R, Cook RL, Brumback B, Cook C, Ezenwa M, Spencer E, Lucero R. The relationship between individual characteristics and HIV-related stigma in adults living with HIV: medical monitoring project, Florida, 2015- 2016.  BMC Public Health 2020 May 19;20(1):723.   PMCID: PMC7236917.
  • Dyer TV, Turpin RE, Stall R, Khan MR, Nelson L, Brewer R, Friedman MR, Mimiaga M, Cook RL, O’Cleirigh C, Mayer K. Latent profile analysis of a syndemic of vulnerability factors on incident STI in a cohort of black men who have sex with men only (BMSMO) and black men who have sex with men and women (BMSMW) in the HPTN061 study.  Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2020 Jun 2.  Online ahead of print.  PMID: 32496390.
  • Algarin AB, Sheehan DM, Varas-Diaz N, Fennie K, Zhou Z, Spencer EC, Cook CL, Cook RL, Ibañez GE. Enacted HIV-related stigma’s association with anxiety & depression among people living with HIV (PLWH) in Florida. AIDS Behav. 2020 Jun 20. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32564164.
  • Rich SN, Poschman K, Hui H, Mavian C, Cook RL, Salemi M, Spencer EC, Prosperi M. Sociodemographic, ecological, and spatiotemporal factors associated with HIV drug resistance in Florida: a retrospective analysis.  J Infect Dis.  2020 Jul 9;jiaa413.  Online ahead of print.  PMID: 32644119.
  • Canidate S, Cook C, Varma D, Carnaby G, Ennis N, Stetten N, Cook RL. Recruitment, experience, and retention among women with HIV and hazardous drinking enrolled in the WHAT-IF? study. Accepted, BMC Public Health   doi:10.21203/rs.2.23627/v2.
  • Nduaguba S, Ford K, Wilson J, Lawson K, Cook RL. Identifying subgroups within at-risk populations that drive late HIV diagnosis in a Southern U.S. State. 2020. Accepted, Int J STD AIDS.
  • Richards VL, Berey BL, Lu H, Stetten NE, Fisk R, Wang Y, Brumback B, Cook RL. Perceived positive consequences are associated with unhealthy alcohol use among persons living with HIV.    Accepted, Canadian Journal of Addiction.
  • Mannes ZL, Dunne EM, Ferguson EG, Cook RL, Ennis N. Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder as a risk factor for substance use among adults living with HIV. 2020. Accepted, AIDS Care.
  • Coudray MS, Sheehan DM, Li T, Cook RL, Schwebke J, Madhivanan P. Factors associated with the recurrence, persistence, and clearance of asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis among young African-American women: a repeated measures latent class analysis.    [Published online ahead of print, 2020 July 31].  Sex Transm Dis.
  • Rich SN, Richards VL, Mavia CN, Switzer W, Magalis BR, Poschman K, Geary S, Broadway SE, Bennett SB, Blanton J, Leitner T, Boatwright JL, Stetten NE, Cook RL, Spencer EC, Salemi M, Prosperi M. Employing molecular phylodynamic methods to identify and forecast HIV transmission clusters in public health settings: a qualitative study.    Accepted, Viruses.
  • Militello L, Hurley R, Cook RL, Danielson E, Diiulio J, Downs S, Anders S, Harle C. Primary care physicians’ beliefs and strategies for managing chronic pain in an era of a national opioid epidemic.  Accepted, J Gen Intern Med.
  • Joseph V, Jones A, Canidate S, Mannes Z, Lu H, Ennis N, Ibañez G, Somboonwit C, Cook RL. Factors associated with current and severe pain among people living with HIV: Results from a statewide sample.    Accepted, BMC Public Health.

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