Steven S. Coughlin, PhD, MPH


PhD (Epidemiology), The Johns Hopkins University University, Baltimore, MD, 1988

(706) 721-2270
room number AE-1042
Steven Coughlin, PhD


Dr. Coughlin has a broad background in public health, epidemiology, and clinical research.  His research interests include health disparities, women’s health, Veterans health, cancer prevention and control and cancer epidemiology, and cardiometabolic disease.

During the eleven years that he was a senior epidemiologist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC in Atlanta, he participated in numerous collaborative studies on cancer of the breast, cervix, colon, and ovary. Dr. Coughlin was a CDC technical advisor for the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. While a senior epidemiologist at the VA Office of Public Health in Washington, DC, he was principal investigator of the Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf War Veterans (n=30,000 men and women); coinvestigator of the National Health Study for a New Generation of US Veterans (n=60,000); and co-principal proponent of Cooperative Studies Program protocol 585 Gulf War Veteran Biorepository and Survey, which includes questions on woman’s health. 

Dr. Coughlin carried out the first case-control study of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) conducted anywhere in the world. His primary findings were that African Americans have a 2 to 3-fold increased risk of developing IDCM and that persons with a history of asthma, hypertension, obesity, or diabetes are at increased risk. While at Georgetown and Tulane universities, he served as principal investigator of the Washington, DC Dilated Cardiomyopathy Study, which was funded by NHLBI for 6 consecutive years. The study included both case-control comparisons and a longitudinal follow-up of the case series. His primary findings were that African Americans have a 2 to 3-fold increased risk of developing IDCM and, among persons who develop IDCM, African Americans are up to 5 times more likely to die from the condition than whites.

He is currently principal investigator of the Gulf War Women’s Health Cohort, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. While at Augusta University, Dr. Coughlin has been engaged in collaborative studies of healthy lifestyle interventions for adult clinic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus; the effectiveness of patient web portals for improving glycemic control among patients with diabetes; and the health of women veterans.

Dr. Coughlin serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the Journal of Environment and Health Sciences and BMC Medical Ethics. He is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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  • Coughlin SS, Young L.(2018): A Review of Dual Health Care System Use by Veterans with Cardiometabolic Disease. Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy, in press.
  • Coughlin SS, Williams V, Moore N, Bowen D, Anglin J, Mansur N, De Leo G. (2018): The Augusta, Georgia Breast Cancer Survivor Study. Journal of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis; 2:10-15.
  • Coughlin SS, Heboyan V, Young L, De Leo G, Wilkins T. (2018): Use of a web portal by adult patients with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus see in family medicine outpatient clinics. Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy 2018.
  • Coughlin SS, Stewart JL, Young L, Heboyan V, De Leo G. (2018): Health Literacy and Patient Web Portals. International Journal of Medical Informatics;113:43-48.
  • Coughlin SS, Stewart J, Williams LB. (2018): A Review of Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet and Breast Cancer Risk According to Estrogen- and Progesterone-Receptor Status and HER2 Oncogene Expression. Annals of Epidemiology and Public Health 2018.
  • Ansa BE, Chung Y, Alema-Mensah E, Coughlin SS, Smith SA. (2018): Evaluating the Extent of Change in Colorectal Cancer Incidence Trends in the United States from 2000 to 2014. Journal of Clinical Medicine 7: E22.
  • Coughlin SS, Stewart JL. (2017): Toward Research-Tested mHealth Interventions to Prevent Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease among Persons with Pre-Diabetes. Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy 2017;1.
  • Coughlin SS. (2017): A Neuroimmune Model of Gulf War Illness. Journal of Environment and Health Science ;3:1-6.
  • Coughlin SS. (2017): Mobile Technology for Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (editorial). mHealth 2017;3.
  • Coughlin SS, Carbone LD, Heboyan V, Williams LB, Hatzigeorgiou C, Rangachari P, De Leo G. (2017): Use of My HealtheVet Patient Web Portal among Veterans Seen for Diabetes Mellitus at a Medical Center in the Southeastern United States. mHealth 2017