Sara Shuman, PhD, MPH

Sara Shuman, PhD, MPH

CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Assistant Professor, La Salle University/Dept. of Urban Health and Nutrition

Public Health Interests:

Gender-based violence, immigrant and refugee health, global health, violence against women and girls

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

She earned her B.S. from Temple University in Biology and Environmental Science, a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Temple University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Health at La Salle University, where she specializes in teaching and research related to gender-based violence, immigration, and environmental health in marginalized communities. Sara has expertise in mixed-methods research and evaluation and has performed program evaluations for several organizations, including Depaul USA (Philadelphia), Innovations for Poverty Action (Yale University), the Population Council (Mexico City), and the International Rescue Committee (New York City) and worked on projects across the United States and Latin America and in Sub-Sahara Africa and India. She is bi-lingual (English/Spanish) and interested in research and evaluation that seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable populations locally and globally. She is the Director of Promotoras at Puentes de Salud, an organization that provides direct medical, educational, and other social services to unauthorized Spanish-speaking immigrants in Philadelphia and an Advisory Board member of the Parent-Child Home Project in Philadelphia.

Select Publications:

Shuman, S., Falb, K. L., Cardoso, L. F., Cole, H., Kpebo, D., & Gupta, J. (2016). Perceptions and experiences of intimate partner violence in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. PLoS one, 11(6), e0157348.

Cardoso, L.F., Gupta, J., Shuman, S., Cole, H., Kpebo, D., Falb, K.L. What Factors Contribute to Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Urban, Conflict-Affected Settings? Qualitative Findings from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Journal of Urban Health 2015.

O’Brien, M.J., Shuman, S., Alos, V., Barrios, D., Whitaker, R.C. A Qualitative Study of Acculturation and Diabetes Risk among Urban, Immigrant Latinas: Implications for Diabetes Prevention Efforts. The Diabetes Educator 2014; 40(5).

Wanat, K., Kovarik, C.L., Shuman, S., Whitaker, R.C., Foster, G.D., O’Brien, M.J. The Association between Obesity and Health-Related Quality of Life among Urban Latinos. Ethnicity and Disease 2014; 24:14-18.