PhD, University of Kentucky College of Social Work (2007)
Dr. Cole’s primary research interests are on the intersection of violence and substance use/abuse. In 2018 Dr. Cole was the Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Justice-funded project entitled, “Sex Trafficking of Minors: The Impact of Legislative Reform and Judicial Decision Making in Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Communities.” She also served as Principal Investigator for an outcome evaluation of substance abuse treatment for adolescents and as Co-Investigator on three state contracts. She contributed to eight peer-reviewed publications (four published or in press, four under review) and six reports to the state. She was a co-presenter in one national conference and two state meetings. Dr. Cole served as an ad-hoc reviewer for five peer-reviewed journals. She served on two dissertation committees for students in the Clinical Psychology program. She has also continued her work as a consultant for the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Jennifer Cole is an associate professor in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research with an appointment in the Department of Behavioral Science and an affiliation with the University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma & Children. Her research interests are primarily in the intersection of interpersonal victimization and substance use/misuse, as well as system responses to individuals affected by these problems. Dr. Cole is the Primary Investigator on an evaluation study of state-funded substance abuse programs for adolescents and a Co-Investigator of several studies evaluating state-funded substance abuse treatment programs for adults. From 2016 - 2018 she was the PI of an NIJ-funded research study on the impact of legislative reform and judicial decision-making on sex trafficking of minors.
Cole, J., & Sprang, G., & Leistner, C. (2020). Juvenile and family court judges’ knowledge and attitudes about sex trafficking of minors: Associations with gender, race, and U.S. region. Juvenile & Family Court Journal, 71(3), 29-41.
Logan, T., Cole, J., & Walker, R. (2020). Examining recovery program participants by gender: Program completion, relapse, and multidimensional status 12 months after program entry. Journal of Drug Issues, 50(4), 436-454. DOI: 10.1177/0022042620923985
Cole, J., & Sprang, G. (2020). Safe harbor law: Pre- to post-implementation change in service providers’ knowledge and response to sex trafficking of minors. Journal of Crime & Justice, 43(3), 377-392. doi: 10.1080/0735648X.2019.1690548.
Sprang, G., Cole, J., Leistner, C., & Ascienzo, S. (2020). The impact of safe harbor legislation on court proceedings involving sex trafficked youth: A qualitative investigation of judicial perspectives. Family Court Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 58(3), 816-831.
Cole, J., & Sprang, G. (2020). Post-implementation of a Safe Harbor law: Review of state administrative data. Child Abuse & Neglect, 101, 104320.doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104320.
Cole, J., Sprang, G., & Silman, M. (2019). Interpersonal trauma exposure, trauma symptoms, and severity of substance use disorder among youth entering outpatient substance abuse treatment. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 12(3), 341-349. doi: 10.1007/s40653-018-0239-3
Cole, J. (2018). Service providers’ perspectives on sex trafficking of male minors: Comparing background and trafficking situations of male and female victims. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 35(4), 423-433. doi: 10.1007/s10560-018-0530-z.
Cole, J. (2018). Structural, organizational, and interpersonal factors influencing interprofessional collaboration on SART. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33(17), 2682-2703. doi: 10.1177/0886260516628809.
Sprang, G., & Cole, J. (2018). Familial sex trafficking of minors: Trafficking conditions, clinical presentation, and system involvement. Journal of Family Violence, 33(3), 185-195. doi: 10.1007/s10896-018-9950-y
Cole, J., Sprang, G., Lee, R., & Cohen, J. (2016). The trauma of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC): A comparison of CSEC victims to child sexual abuse victims in a clinical sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(1), 122-146. doi: 10-1177/0886260514555133.
Logan, T., Walker, R., & Cole, J. (2015). Silenced suffering: The need for a better understanding of partner sexual violence. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 16(2), 111-135. doi: 10.1177/1524838013517560
Stevenson, E., & Cole, J. (2015). Associations between chronic non-cancer pain and medication assisted treatment outcomes for opiate addiction. American Journal on Addictions, 24(2), 138-143. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12151
Cole, J. & Sprang, G. (2014). Sex trafficking of minors in metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural communities. Child Abuse & Neglect, 40, 113-123.
Stevenson, E., Cole, J., Walker, R., & Logan, T. (2014). Association of chronic non-cancer pain with substance abuse treatment outcomes among a community mental health center sample. Addictive Disorders and their Treatment, 13(1), 30-37. doi: 10.1097/ADT.0b013e31827b0cd9
Cole, J., Stevenson, E., Walker, R., & Logan, T. (2012). Tobacco use and psychiatric comorbidity among adolescent substance abuse treatment clients. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43(1), 20-29. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2011.10.024
Cole, J. (2011). Victim confidentiality on sexual assault response teams (SART). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26 (2), 360-376. doi: 10.1177/0886260510362895
Cole, J., Logan, T., & Walker, R. (2011). Social exclusion, self-regulation, and stress among substance abuse treatment clients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 113, 13-20. Doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.06.018
Logan, T., & Cole, J. (2011). Exploring the intersection of partner stalking and sexual abuse. Violence Against Women, 17(7), 904-924. doi: 10.1177/1077801211412715
Cole, J., & Logan, T. (2010). Interprofessional collaboration on sexual assault response teams (SART): The role of victim alcohol use and a partner-perpetrator. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25 (2), 336-357.
Cole, J., & Logan, T. (2010). Nonmedical use of sedative-hypnotics and opiates among women with protective orders. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 29, 395-409.