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Natalie Cook, PhD

Assistant Professor
  • Public Health
Natalie Cook
Department of Population Health Sciences
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

PhD, Program Development and Evaluation, 2019
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

MS, Agricultural and Extension Education, 2015
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

BS, Human Development, 2012
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

  • Preparing Future Professoriate, Virginia Tech, 2017
  • Dr. Cook’s research includes program evaluation, culturally responsive evaluation, evaluation capacity-building, health equity, and knowledge translation. She utilizes mixed methods and specializes in participatory research methods, including Community-based Participatory Research. As a transformative scholar, Dr. Cook conducts research and practice at the intersections of evaluation, social justice, and human, family, and community development.
  1. Archibald, T., Cook, N., & Hopson, R. (2019). Centering cultural responsiveness in the evaluation of community-based education. In B. McMahon, & L. Merriweather (Eds.), Convictions of Conscience: How Voices from the Margins Inform Public Actions and Educational Leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  2. “A (Hopeful) Pre-Professor’s Ponderings on the Potential of Critical Pedagogy” — refereed blog essay for the Reflections and Explorations blog of the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance, October 5, 2017.
  3. Archibald, T., Sharrock, G., Buckley, J., & Cook, N. (2016). Assumptions, conjectures, and other miracles: The application of evaluative thinking to theory of change models in community development. Evaluation and Program Planning, 59, 119-127. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.05.015
  4. “ICYMI: Roundup of Recent Evaluation Capacity Building Research” — invited blog post for the aea365 blog of the American Evaluation Association (with T. Archibald), October 5, 2016.
  5. Ikonomidou, V. N., Richert, N. D., Vortmeyer, A., Tovar-Moll, F., Bielekova, B., Cook, N. E., ... & Bagnato, F. (2013). Evolution of tumefactive lesions in multiple sclerosis: A 12-year study with serial imaging in a single patient. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 19(11), 1539-1543.