School of Nursing and Health Studies

Cheryl L. Cooke, Associate Professor

Cheryl L. Cooke

Cheryl L. Cooke, PhD, DNP, RN
Associate Professor

After completing a BSN in the UW Bothell Nursing Program in 1996, Cheryl L. Cooke earned both Masters and doctoral degrees at the UW School of Nursing in Seattle. Following completion of a postdoctoral fellowship in 2004, she was appointed Assistant Professor at Arizona State University College of Nursing. She returned to UWB in 2007. In addition to her UWB School of Nursing and Health Studies appointment as Associate Professor, she is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in Women and Gender Studies at the Seattle campus. She is currently completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the UW School of Nursing.


Cheryl’s scholarship follows two streams:

1) the effects of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities.

2) child mental health outcomes, particularly in communities of color. Her scholarship uses critical social theories (such as poststructuralism, critical race, and feminist theories) to provide a wider, more substantive sociocultural lens to explain the challenges that vulnerable populations experience. Her publications examine the relationships and tensions between how a person talks about their health, their actions, and the institutionalized social forces that contribute to (or inhibit) that individual's ability to achieve optimal health.


University of Washington, School of Nursing
Seattle, WA
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health
University of Washington, School of Nursing
Seattle, WA
  • Doctor of Philosophy; Dissertation : (Re)Producing African American Men: Discourses on Manhood, Prison, and Relationships
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
  • Master of Nursing
  • Certificate in Women’s Studies
University of Washington
Bothell, WA
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Loma Linda University, School of Nursing
Loma Linda, CA
  • Associate of Science in Nursing







Courses Taught

  • BNURS 350: Critical Thinking in Nursing
  • BNURS 403: Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Inquiry
  • BNURS 407: Cultural and Social Issues in Healthcare
  • BHS 497: Mid-level Management and Leadership Skills for the Health Professional