Kathryn Coronges, MPH, Ph.D.
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point. Dr. Coronges received a Masters degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Health Behavior in 2009 from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her dissertation used dynamic social network modeling techniques to investigate the role of friendship dynamics in the spread of alcohol and marijuana cognitions and behaviors. The emphasis of her work has focused on unconscious associations in memory that drive many behaviors, and how social interactions influence these memory associations. She has also consulted with a number of agencies as a program evaluator using social network analysis to map communication and resource networks in order to identify how alliances between members can facilitate or hinder success of the agency’s missions. She has presented her research at US and European conferences, and has published four peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter in fields ranging from physiology and psychology, to cognition and social network analysis. Currently, Dr. Coronges is working on several projects in the Network Science Center at West Point, with particular interest in using actor-oriented models to detect behavioral and social changes over time.