Faculty Sketch

Thomas H. Cook, PhD, RN, FNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing
tom.cook@vanderbilt.edu

 

Current Research Interests

Dr. Tom Cook, Assistant Professor, received his BSN from Loyola University and an MSN in Cardiovascular Nursing from St. Louis University. He is also a family nurse practitioner. His doctoral preparation was completed at Vanderbilt University where he studied health policy development and program evaluation. His research interests address his graduate program foci. Those interests include the prevention of cardiovascular disease through the use of nutrition and physical education programs in school-aged children.

 

Dr. Cook was the Principal Investigator on a KO1 award that used an ecological approach to view the child in context of school and family. The purpose of the study was to pilot test the feasibility of conducting a population-based intervention program directed toward improving cardiovascular health promoting behaviors (nutrition and physical activity) of elementary school children.

 

Dr. Cook was the Principal Investigator for the "Live It! Go for the Red, White and Blue" instructional program designed to provide nutritional and exercise instruction to students in the Nashville Davidson County middle school grades. This program is a joint effort between the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

 

Dr. Cook's research also explored health care outcomes and the context in which these outcomes occur. Dr. Cook's dissertation explored the effects of inpatient case management on patient and provider satisfaction, quality of care, length of stay and cost of care. He has used research synthesis methods to identify what is already known about the effectiveness of inpatient case management and the context of those results.


 

Grants

Jan 2004-Present

Principal Investigator
Live It: Go for the Red, White and Blue
Funded by Dell Computer, Inc.

May 2001-Apr 2005
1 K01 NR 00140-01

Principal Investigator
Energy Balance in Children
Funded by NIH/NINR

Jul 1998-Jun1999

Principal Investigator
Establishing Psychometric Properties of a Client Satisfaction Instrument
Funded by Vanderbilt University Research Council

Jul 1995-Jun 1996

Principal Investigator
Health Promotion Lifestyle Practices of TennCare Patients in a Nurse Practitioner Managed Primary Care Center
Funded by Vanderbilt University Research Council

Dec 1993

Co-Principal Investigator (w/F.K. Bushnell)
Health Promotion Lifestyle Instrument Search
Funded by Sigma Theta Tau (IOTA Chapter)

 

 

January 2004-Present Principal Investigator
Live It: Go for the Red, White and Blue
Funded by Dell Computer, Inc.

May 2001-April 2005 Principal Investigator
Energy Balance in Children
1 K01 NR 00140-01
Funded by NIH/NINR

July 1998-June 1999 Principal Investigator
Establishing Psychometric Properties of a Client Satisfaction Instrument
Funded By Vanderbilt University Research Council.

July 1995-June 1996 Principal Investigator
Health Promotion Lifestyle Practices of TennCare Patients in a Nurse Practitioner Managed Primary Care Center
Funded by Vanderbilt University Research Council.

December 1993 Co-Principal Investigator, (F.K. Bushnell)
Health Promotion Lifestyle Instrument Search
Funded by Sigma Theta Tau (IOTA Chapter).

 

Representative Publications

Beuscher L & Cook TH. (2012 In press). Moments: Student insights of a new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. American Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

 

Cook, TH & Frey B. (2004). School-based exercise intervention increases free living exercise behaviors in children. Circulation. 110(17): 665-666 3081 Supp S.

 

Cook T H, Gilmer MJ & Bess CG. (2003). Beginning students' definitions of nursing: An inductive framework of professional identity. Journal of Nursing Education. 42(7): 311-317.

 

Bushnell FK, Cook TH, Wells N & Johnson R. (2000). The meaning of health to the low-income patients in a primary care center. Journal for the Poor and Underserved. 11(3): 267-275.

 

Cook TH, Nies MA & Hepworth JT. (2000). Race differences in the relationships between dietary nutrients and overweight in women. Health Care for Women International. 21(1): 41-51.

 

Nies, MA, Vollman M & Cook T. (1999). African American women’s experiences with physical activity in their daily lives. Public Health Nursing. 16(1): 23-31.


Book Chapters

Cook T. (2009). Historical factors: Community health nursing in context. In Nies M. & McEwen J (Eds.), Community health nursing (5th ed.). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders & Co.

 

Cook T. (2007). Nutrition standards for foods in schools: Leading the way toward healthier youth. In Stallings V & Yaktine A, (Eds.). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.


Abstracts and Proceedings

Cook TH. (2004). Increasing healthy heart knowledge in children. In National Congress on the State of the Science in Nursing Research - Working Toward a Healthier Nation (p. 452), Washington, D.C.

Cook TH. (2004). School-based exercise intervention increases free living exercise behaviors in children. In: Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2004, New Orleans, LA. Professional Research

 

Professional Organizations

1996-Present

Member, Southern Nursing Research Society

2000-Present

Member, American Heart Association, Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee (CHART)

2000-2002

Chair, Nominating Committee, Southern Nursing Research Society

2001-Present

Member, Advisory Committee, American Heart Association, Advocacy

2002-Present

Member, Healthy Nashville Leadership Council
Coordinator, Nashville STEPS

2003-2006

Member, North American Association for the Study of Obesity

2004-Present

Board Member, Tennessee on the Move

2005-2007

Member, Committee on Nutrition Standards for Schools, Institute of Medicine

2007-Present

Governor's Advisory Council on Child Nutrition and Wellness


Professional Research

2001-2005       Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

2002-2004       Reviewer, Journal of Nursing Education

2007-Present    Reviewer, The Journal of Pediatric Nursing