ETR Associates | Scotts Valley, CA
Karin Coyle, PhD, is Chief Science Officer at ETR. Dr. Coyle has been instrumental in shaping and improving research and learning in adolescent sexual health for over 25 years. She has focused on developing and studying health promotion programs for youth in and outside of school from communities with extreme inequities, and she uses technology-enhanced approaches for influencing behavior change. Her primary area of research centers on promoting sexual health and healthy romantic relationships, and addressing disparities in HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy.
She has served as lead program developer on multiple large school-based randomized trials, yielding evidence-based programs such as Safer Choices, Draw the Line/Respect the Line, All4You!, and All4You2!Dr. Coyle is enthusiastic about strengthening sexual health education programs through new research (e.g., applying developmental neuroscience to sexual health education and examining implementation issues) and instructional approaches (e.g., using technology with traditional approaches) by making programs more inclusive, salient, and acceptable for all young people. She is dedicated to applying a health equity framework to intervention work for greater impact, recognizing that health and education outcomes are influenced by complex interactions between people and their environment. Her current research centers on exploring ways to support healthy romantic relationships for adolescents—from developing and maintaining healthy relationships to navigating relationship break-ups. As a part of ETR’s leadership team, Dr. Coyle works to ensure that science is foundational across ETR’s products and services.