Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah


Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry




Research Interests
Adolescent dating violence
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent sexual health
Child/Adolescent exposure to interpersonal violence
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
Low income and minority populations

Research Summary
Dr. Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah is a psychologist and adolescent health researcher. Her research program focuses on dating violence, mental health, and sexual health among rural and urban, African American adolescents. She also has expertise in community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Coker-Appiah’s current research is entitled: Project LOVE: Letting Our Voices Empower. This project uses CBPR to explore adolescent knowledge, perceptions and beliefs about dating violence and it’s impact on mental and sexual health. A socio-ecological model is also used as a framework to guide the exploration of the role of multilevel factors (individual, peer, family, community, societal, political) that influence dating violence prevention. Phase two of this project will begin in the Spring of 2009, which will expand the research to include adidtional rural, urban, and international samples. Dr. Coker-Appiah continues to present her research at local, regional, national, and international venues. She is also very interested and active in working with graduate/professional students who are interested in pursuing similar research programs.