Cristina Redko, PhD

Population and Public Health Sci
Associate Professor, Population & Public Health, Center for Global Health
Res Park-Tech Center IV 200, 3123 Research Blvd, Kettering, OH 45420-4035

Cristina Redko, Ph.D., serves as the director for the global health concentration in the Master of Public Health Program where she teaches global health and global health systems.

Dr. Redko has been working at Wright State University since 2003. Initially, she collaborated with Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research faculty conducting epidemiologic and ethnographic investigations of people with substance abuse problems. This experience solidified her conviction of the potential and significance of doing interdisciplinary and mixed methods research in public health.

Dr. Redko has developed a vast research experience, including investigating the lived experience of people suffering from mental illnesses, people with substance abuse problems, people with cancer and those who have suffered from injuries in the workplace. She has conducted research in United States, Brazil and Canada. Dr. Redko collaborates with the ongoing research initiatives of the Center for Global Health. Her current research interests intersect the areas of global health, global mental health (giving special attention to resilience factors) and refugee research.

Dr. Redko holds a Ph.D. in medical anthropology from McGill University and a M.Sc. in clinical epidemiology from McMaster University, both in Canada. During her post-doctoral work in health services research at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, she also completed clinical training in brief therapy at the Hincks-Dellcrest Institute. She earned an M.A. and a B.A. from Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.


  • Global Health
  • Global Health Systems
  • Qualitative Methods in Public Health

Research Interests

  • Global Health
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health
  • Global Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Health Communications
  • Dissemination & Implementation Research

Active Projects

  1. Needs Assessment of Dayton Local Refugees (collaboration with University of Dayton & Miami University faculty), since 2011
  2. Rogers NL (PI) and Redko C (Co-PI) (2011) Developing and Evidence-Based Community Action Curriculum to Address Health Disparities. NIH R21. Developed in partnership with the Somali Women and Children’s Association (SWCA), Columbus, OH. GRANT10960546, assigned to Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP) Study Section meeting Feb 29, 2012.
  3. Redko, C (PI) Quality of Life of Somali Refugees, 2012
Education History: 

Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, McGill University, 2001

M.Sc., Clinical Epidemiology, McMaster University, 1994

M.A., Social Anthropology, Universidade de São Paulo, 1992

B.A., Social Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo, 1987



Peer Reviewed

Rapp, R.C., Otto, A.L., Lane, D.T., Redko, C., McGatha, S., Carlson, R.G. (2008) Improving linkage with substance abuse treatment using brief case management and motivational interviewing. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 94:172-182.

Carr, C.A., Xu, J., Redko, C., Lane, D.T., Rapp, R.C., Goris, J., Carlson, R.G. (2008) Individual and system influences on waiting time for substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 34:192-201

Redko, C., Rapp, R.C., Carlson, R.G.(2007). Pathways of substance users linking (or not) with treatment. Journal of Drug Issues. 37(3):597-618.

Redko, C., Rapp, R.C., Elms, C., Snyder, M., Carlson, R.G. (2007) Understanding the working alliance between persons with substance abuse problems and strengths-based case managers Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 39(3):241-250

Redko, C., Carlson, R.G., Rapp, R.C.(2007) A folk model of treatment readiness among drug users in Ohio. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse. 6(2):15-40

Rapp, R.C., Xu, J., Carr, C.A., Lane, D.T., Redko, C. (2007) Carlson, R.G. Understanding Treatment Readiness in Recently Assessed, Pre-treatment Substance Abusers. Substance Abuse. 28(1):11-23.

Redko, C., Rapp, R.C., Carlson, R.G. (2006) Waiting time as a barrier to treatment entry: perceptions of substance users. Journal of Drug Issues, 36(4):831-85

Redko, C., Durbin, J., Wasylenki, D. & Krupa, T. (2004). Client perspectives and satisfaction with Assertive Community Treatment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 27(3):283-286.

Redko, C. (2003). Religious construction of a first episode of psychosis in urban Brazil. Transcultural Psychiatry. 40(4):507-530

Villares, C., Redko, C., and Mari, J. (1999) Conceptions of illness among relatives of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia (Portuguese). Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria. 21(1):36-47.

Charles, C., Redko, C., Whelan, T., Gafni, A., & Reyno, L. (1998). Doing nothing is no choice: Lay constructions of treatment decision-making among women with early stage breast cancer. Sociology of Health and Illness. 20(1):71-95.

Cury, S., Ferraz, M., Quirino, J., Miranda, C., Redko, C., Vilar, M.J. , and Atra, E. (1995). The use of focus group interview in the evaluation of patients with ankylosing spondylitis. British Journal of Rheumatology. 34:150-155.

Redko, C. (1994). Representations of sickness of head and neck cancer patients (Portuguese). Acta Oncologica Brasileira 14(5): 231-237.

Redko, C. (1993) Some stereotypes in the health care professionals' relationship with head and neck cancer patients (Portuguese). Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia de Cabeça e Pescoço. 17(3):168-174.

Redko, C. (1991). Mad, excited, ill or dangerous: Everyday life representations of inpatients at the Juqueri asylum (Portuguese). Cadernos de Campo. 1:17-26.

Hirano, S., Redko, C., and Ferraz,V. R. (1990) Citizenship of injured workers: Recognizing their social rights (Portuguese). Tempo Social: Revista de Sociologia da USP 2:127‑150.

Book Chapters

Redko, C., Carlson, R.G., Rapp, R.C. (2007). A folk model of treatment readiness among drug users in Ohio. In 21st Century Research on Drugs and Ethnicity: Studies Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Peter L. Myers (editor). The Haworth Press, pp.15-40.

Redko, C. (2004). Living the first experience of psychosis through religion (Portuguese). In Tecnologias do Corpo: Uma Antropologia das Medicinas no Brasil. Annette Leibing (editor) Rio de Janeiro: NAU., pp. 57-80

Redko, C., Legault, L., Brown, T.G. and Dongier, M.(2001) Comment évaluer les modes de pratique? Deux expériences québecoises d’évaluation à long terme du traitment de la toxicomanie. In Impact du Traitement en Alcoolisme et Toxicomanie: Études Québecoises. M. Landry, L, Guyon, and S. Brochu (editors). Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, pp. 1-15.

Redko, C. (1998). Culture, schizophrenia, and experience (Portuguese). In O Desafio da Esquizofrenia. I. Shirakawa, A. Chaves, and J. Mari (editors). São Paulo: Lemos Editorial , pp. 221-242

Book Reviews

Redko, C. (2008). Will to live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Book Review) Ethos. 36:3

Redko, C. (2004). Born again in Brazil (Book Review). Transcultural Psychiatry. 41(4):547-548.

Redko, C. (1998). The psychiatric team and the social definition of schizophrenia (Book Review). Transcultural Psychiatry. 35(1): 151-154.

Papers Published in Full in Official Proceedings

Hirano, S., Redko, C., Ferraz, V. R. (1990). Work accidents and violence in the labour world – II (Portuguese) Trabalho & Saúde, S.P DIESAT, 28:4

Hirano, S., Redko, C., Ferraz, V.R. (October 1990). Work accidents and citizenship of workers. (Portuguese). In Anais (Comunicações da 42a. Reunião Annual SBPC), SBPC, 375-376, 1990.

Hirano, S., Redko, C., Ferraz, V. R.(1989). Work accidents and violence in the labour world – I (Portuguese) Trabalho & Saúde , S.P DIESAT, 26:14.


Hunt, Jessica & Redko, C. Situation analysis of disability resources and needs in shantytowns near Lima, Peru. Poster presented at the Race, Ethnicity, and Disabilities: State of the Science Conference, Arlington, Virginia, March, 2012.

Redko, C., Rapp, R.C. & Carlson, R.G. Self-identified strategies to ‘stay clean’ or control substance abuse before entering treatment. Presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Tampa, Florida, USA, March, 2007.

Redko, C., Rapp, R.C. & Carlson, R.G. Waiting time as a barrier to treatment entry: Perceptions of substance abusers. Poster presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March, 2006.

Redko, C., Carlson, R.G. & Rapp, R.C. (April 2005) If you’re ready it will work: perceptions about treatment readiness among drug users in Ohio.” Presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Redko, C. Fighting against the “Evil”: psychosis and culture. Presented at the Colloquium organized by AMADES: Religion, Santé, Maladie: des cultes de guerison à santé comme religion, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September, 2000.

Redko, C. Delivery of heads: head and neck cancer patients’ life experiences. Presented at the Fundação Antonio Prudente, São Paulo, Brazil, May 1993.

Redko, C. Work, health, and craziness: the several metamorphoses of the worker in his work and everyday life. Round table presented at the V Congresso Estadual dos Socólogos do Estado de São Paulo, S.P., Brazil, August 1989.


Redko, C. & Housel, J. “We are resilient people, just getting sicker and sicker, after resettling in America.” Poster presented at 2011 Global Health Conference (GHEC, CUGH and Canadian Society for International Health) Montreal, November 2011

Redko, C. Fighting against the evil: cultural and religious constructions of the first psychotic experience of youth living in São Paulo. Presented at the Instituto de Psiquiatria do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade do Brasil (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2001.

Redko, C. Fighting against the evil: cultural and religious constructions of the first psychotic experience of youth living in São Paulo. Presented at the Programa de Esquizofrenia do Departamento de Psiquiatria da UNIFESP- Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo, Brazil., August 2001

Redko, C. Pathways towards psychosis in Brazilian culture. Presented at Cultura & Saúde Mental (Seminário Internacional de Estudos em Antropologia da Saúde), São Paulo, Brazil, November 1997

Redko, C. Pathways towards psychosis in Brazilian culture. Presented at the Third Annual Meeting of LATINCLEN.(abstract not numbered), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic., September 1997

Redko, C. Determinants of treatment preferences of advanced larynx cancer patients. Presented at the III Forum de Pesquisa e Tratamento Multidisciplinar em Câncer de Cabeça e Pescoço, Fundação Antonio Prudente, São Paulo, Brazil, June 1995

Redko, C. Qualitative research methods. Conference presented for the scientific meeting of the Department of Psychiatry, UNIFESP - Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo, Brazil, May 1995.

Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 
  • American Public Health Association
  • Ohio Public Health Association
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
  • Society for Medical Anthropology
  • Society for Psychological Anthropology
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