Current research focuses on effects of meditation curriculum and mindfulness on stress and academic achievement.
Dr. Ko's research focuses broadly on chronic illness, specifically cancer. She is interested in both prevention of cancer, especially cultural issues related to screening behaviors, attitudes and knowledge related to the prevention of cancer. She is also interested in psychosocial issues related to enhancing quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as their families. She is also interested in measure development and validation, particularly in the Filipino communities. Currently, Dr. Ko is collaborating with the biology and religious studies department to study the effects of meditation curriculum on students' stress and academic achievement. Her research interests in mindfulness informs her clinical work on mindfulness-based interventions.
Introduction to Psychology
B.A., University of California, Riverside
Ph.D., Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University
Two years of postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of CA, Los Angeles
Sadler, G. R., Ko, C. M., Wu, P., Alisangco, J., and Kelly, C. (2011). A cluster randomized controlled trial to increase breast cancer screening among African American women: The Black cosmetologists promoting health program. Journal of National Medical Association, 103(8), 735-745.
Merz, E. L., Malcarne, V. L., Ko, C. M., Sadler, M., Kwack, L., Varni, J. W., and Sadler, G. R. (2011). Dyadic concordance among prostate cancer patients and their partners and health related quality of life: Does it matter? Psychological Health, 26(6), 651-666.
Sadler, G. R., Ko, C. M., Takahashi, M., Ching, C. R., Lee, I., Chuang, G. C., and Lee, K.K. (2010). Increasing Asian American women's research participation: The Asian grocery store-based cancer education program. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 31(4), 283-288.
Banthia, R., Malcarne, V. L., Ko, C. M., Varni, J. W., and Sadler, G. R. (2009). Fatigued breast cancer survivors: The role of sleep quality, depressed mood, stage, and age. Psychology and Health, 24(8), 965-980.
Ko, C.M., Malcarne, V.L., Varni, J.M., Roesch, S., Banthia, R., Greenbergs, H.L., and Sadler, G.R. (2005). Problem solving and distress in prostate cancer patients and their spousal caregivers. Supportive Care in Cancer, 13(6), 367-74.
Ko, C.M., Sadler, G.R., Ryujin, L., and Dong, A. (2003). Filipina American women's breast cancer knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. BioMed Central Public Health, 3, 27.
Heuerman, A. C., Chavez, G. N., Greeen, M. C., Huerta, M., Ov, J., Overton-Harris, P. L., Grace, F., Ko, C. M., and Olsen, L. E. (2013). Use of a Modified Trier Social Stress Test to Assess an Undergraduate Mindfulness Meditation Course. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Sandiedo, CA.
Hernandez, M., Gannon, C., Ko, C. M., Olson, L. E., and Grace, F. (2013). Impact of One-day Mindfulness Intervention on Mindfulness and State Anxiety. Western Psychological Association 93rd Annual Convention, Reno, NV.