Dr. Cook’s research involves factors associated with the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. The majority of his research is focused on identifying and evaluation of new prevention strategies. His work spans several high-risk groups, including adolescents, substance abusers, and persons with HIV-related risk behavior. The majority of Dr. Cook’s research is multidisciplinary, including collaborators in public health, behavioral science, clinical medicine, and genetic sequencing of bacterial pathogens. He is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a medication to reduce alcohol use in women with HIV infection, and a study to determine the prevalence and risk factors for oral HPV infections in college women.