Yale University

Donna M. Cole, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Public Health, Simmons College
  • Former Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)


Dr. Cole is a graduate of Northeastern University where she completed her doctorate in Sociology with a specific concern for the status of health and education in post-colonial Botswana. While in Botswana she worked to provide health education strategies. Her work there led her to draw parallels between the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS among women in sub Saharan Africa and African American women in the United States. Dr. Cole is a medical sociologist with public health training in infectious disease epidemiology. She is a graduate of the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada. Her research focuses on infectious disease outbreaks and HIV/AIDS among African American women. Dr. Cole is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She teaches courses on health policy, infectious disease and HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Cole’s REIDS research focuses on barriers to anti-retroviral therapy adherence among African American women.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Status of health and education in post-colonial Botswana
  • Data collection for CDC study on primary sexual assault and violence prevention
  • Trained in qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Structural intervention in prevention of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa