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Zupenda M. Davis, DrPH, MPH, MCHES

Assistant Professor and Director, Bachelor of Science of Public Health Program

davisz@lasalle.edu

215.951.1877

St. Benilde Tower 3329

Dr. Davis holds her doctorate in Public Health from Drexel University with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention.  She received her MPH from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health (now Rutgers School of Public Health) and her BSPH degree from Rutgers University.  She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and a trained Domestic Violence Advocate.

Prior to joining La Salle, Dr. Davis served as a Training Specialist for the PA/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center of the Health Federation of Philadelphia, where she coordinated trainings for HIV clinical and non-clinical providers; provided technical assistance to AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in the city of Philadelphia; successfully secured funding and managed grants for educational programming; and supervised various initiatives, community planning committees and practicum students. She has held previous positions at the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative; New Jersey Primary Care Association and University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research.  She also taught as an adjunct graduate instructor at Drexel University, School of Public Health.

Dr. Davis’s research and practice interests include HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, urban health, maternal and child health, and health and wellness. She is passionate about higher education, improving the health status and quality of life for vulnerable populations and advocating for underrepresented groups whose voices should be heard. She is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE)-Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE)-Delaware Valley Chapter, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Areas of Expertise

HIV/STI Prevention

Domestic Violence Prevention

Education

DrPH, Drexel University, School of Public Health, Concentration: Community Health and Prevention

MPH, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers School of Public Health), School of Public Health, Concentration: Health Education & Behavioral Sciences

Graduate School Training, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health Work-Study Experience in Public Health, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

BSPH, Rutgers University

BSPH, Rutgers University

Certifications

National Certification- Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

Certified Domestic Violence Advocate (Gloucester Township Domestic Violence Response Team, Gloucester Township, NJ)

Teaching

PHLT 101: Essentials of Public Health

PHLT 315: Violence Prevention and Control

PHLT 350: Health Education: Principles and Practice

Publications

Brawner, B. M., Baker, J. L., Stewart, J. M., Davis, Z. M., Cederbaum, J. A., & Jemmott, L. S. (2013). “The Black man’s country club”: Assessing the feasibility of an HIV risk reduction program for young, African American men in barbershops.  Family and Community Health, 36(2), 109-118.

Baker, J. L., Brawner, B. M., Cederbaum, J. A., White, S., Davis, Z. M., Brawner, W., & Jemmott, L. S. (2012).  Barbershops as venues to assess and intervene in HIV/STI risk among young, heterosexual African American men.  American Journal of Men’s Health, 6(5), 366-380.

Brawner, B. M., Davis, Z. M., Fannin, E. F., and Alexander, K. A. (2012). Clinical depression and condom use attitudes and beliefs among African American adolescent females.  Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care23(3), 184-194. 

Presentations

Davis, Z. M. (2013, October). Power of partnerships in disseminating HIV prevention, care and treatment research findings. Pennsylvania Public Health Association and Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

Davis, Z. M. (2012, October). From protocol to pilot: Taking baby steps in policy development for a citywide non-occupational Post Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) HIV prevention strategy. Presentation at the 140th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Davis, Z. M. (2012, August). From protocol to practice: Successes and challenges of Post Exposure Response Community Workgroup’s efforts towards implementing a citywide biomedical HIV prevention strategy. Presentation at the 3rd Annual Pennsylvania Ryan White All Parts Summit, Harrisburg, PA.

Davis, Z. M. & Brady, K. (2012, June). Local strategy of non-occupational Post Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) policy development and implementation. Presentation at the 13th Annual Prevention and Outreach Summit, Philadelphia, PA.

Davis, Z. M. (2011, October). From protocol to practice: Successes and challenges of Post Exposure Response Community Workgroup’s efforts to implement a citywide non-occupational Post Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) HIV prevention strategy. Presentation at the Society for Public Health Education’s 62nd Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA.

Honors, Awards

Red Ribbon Award (Community Leader), University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Beta Omega Chapter (Drexel University)

David L. Rayon Scholarship (Graduate recipient), National Association of Health Services Executives, Delaware Valley Chapter

Certificate of Excellence, Outstanding Achievement for College Teaching & Communication Skills Course, Drexel University, Office of Graduate Studies

Women Who Make a Difference Award (as member of Gloucester Township Domestic Violence Response Team), Gloucester Township, NJ

Anna Skiff Memorial Scholarship Award (First recipient), New Jersey Society for Public Health Education