J. Randy Koch, Ph.D., in front of greenery

J. Randy Koch, Ph.D.

Retired Research Associate Professor

(804) 828-8633

Williams House, 800 W. Franklin St., Room 110

Health Psychology




  • Ph.D.: Michigan State University, 1985

Research Interests

Dr. Randy Koch's research and professional interests span three broad areas. First, Koch's research over the past decade has focused on the prevention of tobacco use, with a particular focus on youth and on persons with psychiatric disorders. Most recently this work has focused on adapting an evidence-based substance abuse prevention program for families of youth with psychiatric disorders. Second, Koch is interested in developing and testing systems for improving the quality of substance abuse services. For the past several years Koch has been working with the South African Medical Research Council to implement and test a system of performance measures for that country’s treatment services. Finally, Koch is interested in training professionals from low and middle income countries to improve the delivery of healthcare services in their home countries.

Select Publications

  • Kader, R., Govender, R., Seedat, S., Koch, J. R., & Parry, C. D. (2015). Understanding the impact of hazardous and harmful use of alcohol and/or other drugs on ARV adherence and disease progression. PLoS ONE, 10, e0125088. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125088
  • Koch, J. R., & Breland, A. B. (2015). Behavioral healthcare staff attitudes and practices regarding consumer tobacco cessation services. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11414-015-9477-4
  • Myers, B., Govender, R., Koch, J. R., Manderscheid, R., Johnson, K., & Parry, C. D. (2015). Development and psychometric validation of a novel patient survey to assess perceived quality of substance abuse treatment in South Africa. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 10, 44. doi: 10.1186/s13011-015-0040-3
  • Breland, A. B., Nasim, A., Irons, J. G., & Koch, J. R. (2013). Tobacco use among African-American adolescents receiving behavioral health services. Journal of Behavioral Health and Services Research, 40, 88-96.
  • Koch, J. R., Breland, A. B., Shawver, M. N., & Cropsey, K. (2011). Assessing the utility of consumer surveys for improving the quality of behavioral healthcare services. Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research, 38, 234.


  • 2016 National Institute on Drug Abuse International Program Awards for Excellence in Mentoring