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.