Sharon Sanders

Professional Certifications and education

BS in Biology, Philander Smith College (2010)
MPH, Health Behavior Health Education, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (2013)
Pre-doctoral student in the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Research Program, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (2013-Present)
Summer Program Assistant, Youth Health & Fitness Activities Coordinator at Our House, Inc., AmeriCorps VISTA (2010; 2012)
Research Fellow, Arkansas IDEA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence Program (INBRE), Fayetteville, AR (2007)

Research Experience

Prior to beginning my dissertation work, I served as a graduate research assistant to Dr. Brooke E.E. Montgomery in a sexual health promotion program for survivors of violence, Project The Future is Ours (FIO), Survivor’s Edition­ at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Although this study intervention focused on reducing risky sexual behaviors among women who had survived violence, the population of interest was heavily recruited based on increased vulnerability, which included characteristics of other risky behaviors such as substance use.

Research Interests

I am currently working on my dissertation project which is a preliminary study examining the lived experiences of physical activity among female survivors of intimate partner violence using a qualitative data analysis research method approach. As a pre-doctoral student, I recently had an opportunity to assist with a qualitative data analysis report on public school closures in the city of Little Rock for my Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities course. I was specifically responsible for assisting with the generation of the codebook and working with the data analysis team to finalize codes and central themes.

Dissertation Defended
Sharon Sanders successfully defended her thesis dissertation, “The Way She Moves: Examining the Lived Experiences of Physical Activity Among Women Who Have Survived Intimate Partner Violence,” on Nov. 27 at UAMS. She will receive her Ph.D. in Health Promotion Prevention Research from the UAMS College of Public Health in May. Her mentors were Brooke Montgomery, Ph.D., and Clint Kilts, Ph.D.