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Shana Stites, Psy.D.

Shana Stites, Psy.D.

Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Shana Stites is a clinical psychologist and quantitative researcher.  Dr. Stites earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College and MA in Sociology from Lehigh University.  She completed her internship at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. Her clinical concentration was in neuropsychology with special interests in multicultural competency and applied research.

Dr. Stites began her career in Public Health working in Maternal and Child Health and then Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She retains a focus on health disparities with a particular interest in how advances in gene and biomarker technologies are shifting medical practice and efforts in population health. She conducts studies addressing ethical, legal, and social challenges that arise in the context of precision medicine for neurological and psychiatric diseases. She applies a range of analytic techniques in her research including spatial analysis and techniques emerging from the paradigm of “big data” analytics.


  • B.S., Cedar Crest College, Allentown PA
  • M.A., Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA (Sociology)
  • 2008, M.S., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA (Psychology)
  • 2012, Psy.D., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA (Psychology)

Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments

  • 2018 – present, Fellowship, Neurology, Hospital of Pennsylvania Neurology
  • 2017 – present, Penn Memory Center Scholar
  • 2011 – 2012, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia PA


  • 2014 – Present, PHLT 513: GIS Applications for Public Health, La Salle University
  • 2017 – Present, PHLT 512: Informatics for Public Health, La Salle University


  1. Phipps, E., Braitman, L., Stites, S., & Leighton, J.  (2008). Quality of life and symptom attribution to colon cancer in long term colon cancer survivors. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 14(2):254-258. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2007.00842.x
  2. Phipps, E.J., Braitman, L.E., Stites, S.D., Wallace, S.L., Singletary, S.B., & Hunt, L.H. (2013). The use of financial incentives to increase fresh fruit and vegetable purchases in lower income households: Results of a pilot study.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24: 864 – 874. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0064
  3. Phipps E.J., Stites S.D., Wallace S.L., & Braitman L.E. (2013). Fresh fruit and vegetable purchases in an urban supermarket by low income households.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(2):165-170. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2012.04.018
  4. Phipps, E.J., Wallace, S.L., Stites, S.D., Uplinger, N., Singletary, S.B., Hunt, L., Axelrod, S., Glanz, K., & Braitman, L.E. (2013). Using Rewards-Based Incentives to Increase Purchase of Fruit and Vegetables in Lower – Income Households:  Design and Start up of a Randomized Trial.  Public Health Nutrition, 16(5):936-41. doi: 10.1017/S1368980012004934
  5. Stites, S.D. & Warholic, C.L. (2014). Multicultural Grand Rounds: Competency-based training model for clinical psychology graduate students. Psychology Learning and Teaching Journal. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 13(3):261-269. doi: 10.2304/plat.2014.13.3.261
  6. Phipps, E.J., Kumanyika, S.K., Stites, S.D., Singletary, S.B., Cooblall, C., DiSantis, K.I. (2014). Buying Food on Sale: A Mixed Methods Study with Shoppers at an Urban Supermarket, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2010–2012. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11:140174. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.140174
  7. Stites, S.D., Singletary, S.B., Menasha, A., Cooblall, C., Hantula, D., Axelrod, S., Figueredo, V.M., & Phipps, E.J. (2014). Pre-ordering lunch at work: results of the what to eat for lunch study. Appetite, 84:88-97. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2014.10.005
  8. Phipps, E.J., Braitman L.E., Stites, S.D., Singletary, S.B., Wallace, S.L., Hunt, L., Axelrod, S., Glanz, K., Uplinger, N. (2015). Impact of a rewards-based incentive program on promoting fruit and vegetable purchases. American Journal of Public Health, 105(1):166-172. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301752
  9. Stites, S.D. & Dahlsgaard, K.D. (2015). Mental Health Mitigating Evidence and Judicial Outcomes for Federal Capital Defendants. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 43: 676-700. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2015.02.002
  10. Stites, S.D., Cooblall, C.A., Aronovitz, J., Singletary, S.B., Micklow, K., & Sjeime, M. (2016). The Tipping Point: Patients predisposed to Clostridium difficile infection and a hospital antibiotic stewardship program. Journal of Hospital Infection, 94(3): 242-248. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.07.022
  11. Stites, S.D., Johnson, R., Harkins, K., Sankar, P., Xie, D., & Karlawish, J. (2016). Identifiable Characteristics and Potentially Malleable Beliefs Predict Stigmatizing Attributions toward Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia: Results of a Survey of the U.S. General Public. Health Communication, 1–10. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1255847
  12. Mozersky, J., Stites, S.D., & Sisti, D. A. (2017) Expanding Our Lens: Thinking Beyond Genomics. American Journal of Bioethics, 17(4):29-31 doi: 10.1080/15265161.2017.1284928
  13. Manisha, V., Stites, S. D., Navarro, V. (2017). Bringing Patient Reported Outcomes Assessment in Hepatology Practice. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. [In Press].
  14. Stites, S. D., Karlawish, J., Harkins, K., Rubright, J. D., & Wolk, D. (2017). Awareness of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Diagnoses Associated With Lower Self-Ratings of Quality of Life in Older Adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 72(6), 974–985.
  15. Stites, S.D. (2018) Cognitively healthy individuals want to know their risk for Alzheimer’s disease: What should we do? Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 62(2). [In Press].
  16. Stites, S. D., Rubright, J. D., Karlawish, J. (2018) What Features of Stigma Do the Public Most Commonly Attribute to Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia? Results of a survey of the U.S. general public. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. [In Press]

Research Publications, non-peer reviewed

  1. Stites, S., Robbins J., Lee, B., & Phipps, E.J. (2008). Pennsylvania Department of Aging Waiver and Nursing Home Program Services: A study of consumers with diabetes. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Departmental document.
  2. Stites, S.D., Kulick, E.R., Madison, N., & Phipps, E.J. (2009). Assessing need, service availability, and support for aging in place: Using GIS to map population characteristics of seniors and their communities in Philadelphia and neighboring counties. Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania Department of Aging.  Departmental document.

Alternative media

  1. Uplinger, N., Stites, S., & Way, J. (2008).  Hospital-Community Collaborations to Address Diabetes. Health Policy Newsletter, 21(4):11-14.
  2. Stites, S. (2011). The Use of Archival Data to Inform Health Policy. Health Policy Newsletter, 23(4).  Population Health Matters (Formerly Health Policy Newsletter): 24(2):1. Available at:


  1. Stites, S. (2002, October). Completed suicide rates among individuals with multiple emergency dispatches. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Sociology, Sacramento, CA.
  2. Phipps, E., Braitman, L., Stites, S., & Leighton, J.  (2007, November). Quality of life and symptom attribution to colon cancer in long term colon cancer survivorsPaper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
  3. Stites, S., Phipps E.J., & Madison, N. (2008, November). GIS analysis of diabetes-related community factors within discrete, urban neighborhoods. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
  4. Stites, S. & Nageeb, N. (2011). Grand Rounds: Student driven training model for LGBT cultural competence in clinical psychology graduate training.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic LGBTA Conference, Bloomsburg, PA.
  5. Micucci, J., Stites, S.D, Serbonich, L., Grundi, C., & Stanely, J. (2012, June).  LGBT Across the Lifespan. Workshop presented at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
  6. Stites, S. (2014, February). Use of loyalty card data in healthy eating research: issues of design, method and analysis. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Annual National Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC.