Population Health Sciences Faculty

Natalie Cook, PhD

Natalie Cook
Assistant Professor
Public Health
Department of Population Health Sciences


  • 2019
    PhD, Program Development and Evaluation
    Virginia Tech, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2015
    MS, Agricultural and Extension Education
    Virginia Tech, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2012
    BS, Human Development
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY


  • 2017
    Preparing Future Professoriate
    Virginia Tech

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

  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.