Sara Shuman, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor and Director, Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program
Dr. Sara Shuman has a Ph.D. in Public Health from Temple University with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Health. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Arizona and a Bachelors in Science in Biology and Environmental Studies from Temple University. She is currently an assistant professor in the Public Health program at La Salle University.
Dr. Shuman’s research focuses primarily on immigrant health and gender-based violence. She is especially interested in mixed-methods research and works in Philadelphia and globally. Dr. Shuman has been working with unauthorized immigrant populations in the United States for ten years and her recent research has focused on the relationship between intimate partner violence, physical and mental health, and help-seeking behaviors among undocumented immigrant women in South Philadelphia. This research resulted from community-based work with Puentes de Salud, a health and social service non-profit in Philadelphia where she has volunteered since 2010.
Dr. Shuman previously taught at Haverford College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. She also developed and co-teaches an interdisciplinary course for medical and health professional students in Philadelphia interested in working with immigrant populations (Escolares de Salud).
Areas of Expertise
- Violence Against Women
- Immigrant Health
- Global Health
- Social Determinants of Health
- Environmental Health
Certified Domestic Violence Advocate (Congreso de Latinos Unidos)
- PHLT 101: Essentials of Public Health
- PHLT 301: Theories of Social Behavioral Change in Community Health Education
- PHLT 314: Unhealthy Urban Environments: Healthy Solutions
- PHLT 350: Health Education: Principles and Practice
- PHLT 520: Environmental Health and Program Design
- PHLT 750: Social and Behavioral Health
- Ph.D., Temple University, School of Public Health, Concentration: Social and Behavioral Health
- MPH, University of Arizona, School of Public Health, Concentration: International Family and Child Health
- B.S., Temple University
- Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, 2011
- Katheryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, Middlebury College, 2013
Ferreira Cardoso, L., Shuman, S., Falb, K.L., Gupta, J. “Understanding Intimate Partner Violence in an Urban Post-Conflict Setting: A Study in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.” Oral Presentation. Mason Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict Conference. George Mason University. Arlington, VA. April 2015
Shuman, S., Ibrahim, J. O’Brien, M. “Intimate Partner Violence Among Undocumented Spanish-Speaking Immigrants in South Philadelphia.” Poster Presentation. College of Health Professions and Social Work Research Day. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. May 2014
Bella, S., Hanson, C., Rolf, J., Shuman, S., Singh, P. “Help-seeking Behaviors Among Female Survivors of Abuse in Gujarat, India: A Qualitative Study.” Poster Presentation. College of Health Professions and Social Work Research Day. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. May 2014
Shuman, S. “Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-seeking Behaviors in the Context of Peruvian National Policies.” Oral Presentation. Latin American Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC. May 2013
Shuman, S., O’Brien, M. “An Innovative Model for the Promotion of Mental Health Service Utilization in Philadelphia’s Uninsured Latin American Immigrant Community.” Oral Presentation. Latino Health Equity Conference, Portland, OR. May 2013
Shuman, S., Ibrahim, J. “Changes in Reporting of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-seeking Behaviors in the Context of New National Policies: The Case of Peru, 2004-2008.” Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association Conference, San Francisco, CA. October 2012
Shuman, S., Pride, E., Ibrahim, J. “The Relationship Between Public Policy and Intimate Partner Violence in Peru: Implications for Action.” Poster Presentation. Unite for Site Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT. April 2012
Lindner, L., Litz, N. Murphy, K.M., Owen, D.D., Paredes, C., Shuman, S. “Puentes Hacia el Futuro: A Case Study.” Oral Presentation. University of Pennsylvania Global Health Career Day, Philadelphia, PA. February 2012
Shuman, S. “Health and Migration: Women Along the Border.” Oral Presentation. Social Justice and Health Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. March 2008
Shuman, S. “How Public Health is Impacted at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Poster Presentation. Minority Health Conference, North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC. February 2008
McClelland, D.J., Shuman, S., Carvajal, S, DeZapien, J., Garcia, G., Ingram, M. “Challenges to Farmworkers’ Health at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, DC. October 2007
O’Brien, M. J., Shuman, S. J., Barrios, D. M., Alos, V. A., & Whitaker, R. C. (2014). A Qualitative Study of Acculturation and Diabetes Risk Among Urban Immigrant Latinas Implications for Diabetes Prevention Efforts. The Diabetes Educator, 40, 616-625.
Wanat, K. A., Kovarik, C. L., Shuman, S., Whitaker, R. C., Foster, G. D., & O’Brien, M. J. (2014). The association between obesity and health-related quality of life among urban Latinos. Ethnicity & Disease, 24(1), 14-18.
O’Brien, M. J., Garland, J. M., Murphy, K. M., Shuman, S. J., Whitaker, R. C., & Larson, S. C. (2014). Training medical students in the social determinants of health: the Health Scholars Program at Puentes de Salud. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 5, 307.