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    Sharina D Person PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentQuantitative Health Sciences
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655
      Other Positions
      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

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        Dr. Person is an Associate Professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).  Prior to joining UMMS she was an Associate Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics and Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  There she served as the Director of the NHLBI funded CARDIA Coordinating Center as well as the Director of the Methodology Units of both the Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) and the Center for Education and Research Therapeutics (CERTs) of Musculoskeletal Disorders.  She continues to consult with the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) through their Statistics and Quality Assurance committee and has conducted JHS site visits for the NHLBI.  She also directed her Division’s statistical, data management, and information systems infrastructure.

         

        She is currently a senior faculty member in the Quantitative Methods Core which provides consultative services to UMMS investigators in the areas of study design, sample size, power calculations, statistical analysis plans, statistical programming, data entry and management, and project coordination.  Additionally, she teaches in the Clinical and Population Health Research Ph.D. Program, leads a course for the UMMS Health Science Preparation Program, serves as the Director of Summer Internships in the Division of Biostatistics and Health Services Research and helps train new research investigators in Parana, Brazil.  She also serves as the Director of the Research Core for the UMASS Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR).  Nationally, she serves on several Data Safety and Observational Study Monitoring Boards, is an active grant reviewer for NHLBI, NCI, and the Center for Scientific Review, and was recently appointed to the Science Board of the APHA.

         

        Dr. Person’s research interests include general and generalized linear models, cluster randomized designs, quality control and health disparities.



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        1. Hajduk AM, Kiefe CI, Person SD, Gore JG, Saczynski JS. Cognitive change in heart failure: a systematic review. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2013 Jul 1; 6(4):451-60.
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        2. O'Hea EL, Cutillo A, Dietzen L, Harralson T, Grissom G, Person S, Boudreaux ED. Randomized control trial to test a computerized psychosocial cancer assessment and referral program: Methods and research design. Contemp Clin Trials. 2013 May; 35(1):15-24.
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        3. Singh A, Marshall C, Chaudhuri B, Okoli C, Foley A, Person SD, Bhattacharya K, Cave DR. Timing of video capsule endoscopy relative to overt obscure GI bleeding: implications from a retrospective study. Gastrointest Endosc. 2013 May; 77(5):761-6.
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        4. Gaskins RB, Baskin ML, Person SD. Language, Duration of United States Residency, and Leisure Time Physical Activity Among Women from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Nov; 21(11):1170-9.
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        5. Scarinci IC, Bittencourt L, Person S, Cruz RC, Moysés ST. [Prevalence of tobacco use and associated factors among women in Paraná State, Brazil]. Cad Saude Publica. 2012 Aug; 28(8):1450-8.
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        6. Viera AJ, Lin FC, Hinderliter AL, Shimbo D, Person SD, Pletcher MJ, Jacobs DR. Nighttime blood pressure dipping in young adults and coronary artery calcium 10-15 years later: the coronary artery risk development in young adults study. Hypertension. 2012 Jun; 59(6):1157-63.
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        7. Wiltshire JC, Person SD, Allison J. Exploring differences in trust in doctors among African American men and women. J Natl Med Assoc. 2011 Sep-Oct; 103(9-10):845-51.
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        8. Viera AJ, Zhu S, Hinderliter AL, Shimbo D, Person SD, Jacobs DR. Diurnal blood pressure pattern and development of prehypertension or hypertension in young adults: the CARDIA study. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2011 Jan-Feb; 5(1):48-55.
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        9. Houston TK, Allison JJ, Sussman M, Horn W, Holt CL, Trobaugh J, Salas M, Pisu M, Cuffee YL, Larkin D, Person SD, Barton B, Kiefe CI, Hullett S. Culturally appropriate storytelling to improve blood pressure: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jan 18; 154(2):77-84.
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        10. Wiltshire JC, Dark T, Brown RL, Person SD. Gender differences in financial hardships of medical debt. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011; 22(1):371-88.
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        11. Halanych JH, Safford MM, Shikany JM, Cuffee Y, Person SD, Scarinci IC, Kiefe CI, Allison JJ. The association between income, education, and experiences of discrimination in older African American and European American patients. Ethn Dis. 2011; 21(2):223-9.
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        12. Fouad MN, Partridge E, Dignan M, Holt C, Johnson R, Nagy C, Person S, Wynn T, Scarinci I. Targeted intervention strategies to increase and maintain mammography utilization among African American women. Am J Public Health. 2010 Dec; 100(12):2526-31.
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        13. Shuaib FM, Jolly PE, Ehiri JE, Jiang Y, Ellis WO, Stiles JK, Yatich NJ, Funkhouser E, Person SD, Wilson C, Williams JH. Association between anemia and aflatoxin B1 biomarker levels among pregnant women in Kumasi, Ghana. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Nov; 83(5):1077-83.
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        14. Wall TC, Marsh-Tootle WL, Crenshaw K, Person SD, Datla R, Kristofco RE, Hartmann EE. Design of a randomized clinical trial to improve rates of amblyopia detection in preschool aged children in primary care settings. Contemp Clin Trials. 2011 Mar; 32(2):204-14.
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        15. Halanych JH, Safford MM, Kertesz SG, Pletcher MJ, Kim YI, Person SD, Lewis CE, Kiefe CI. Alcohol consumption in young adults and incident hypertension: 20-year follow-up from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2010 Mar 1; 171(5):532-9.
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        16. Shuaib FM, Jolly PE, Ehiri JE, Yatich N, Jiang Y, Funkhouser E, Person SD, Wilson C, Ellis WO, Wang JS, Williams JH. Association between birth outcomes and aflatoxin B1 biomarker blood levels in pregnant women in Kumasi, Ghana. Trop Med Int Health. 2010 Feb; 15(2):160-7.
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        17. St-Onge MP, Perumean-Chaney S, Desmond R, Lewis CE, Yan LL, Person SD, Allison DB. Gender Differences in the Association between Sleep Duration and Body Composition: The Cardia Study. Int J Endocrinol. 2010; 2010:726071.
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        18. Polak JF, Person SD, Wei GS, Godreau A, Jacobs DR, Harrington A, Sidney S, O'Leary DH. Segment-specific associations of carotid intima-media thickness with cardiovascular risk factors: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. Stroke. 2010 Jan; 41(1):9-15.
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        19. Wiltshire JC, Person SD, Kiefe CI, Allison JJ. Disentangling the influence of socioeconomic status on differences between African American and white women in unmet medical needs. Am J Public Health. 2009 Sep; 99(9):1659-65.
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        20. Durant N, Harris SK, Doyle S, Person S, Saelens BE, Kerr J, Norman GJ, Sallis JF. Relation of school environment and policy to adolescent physical activity. J Sch Health. 2009 Apr; 79(4):153-9; quiz 205-6.
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        21. Redding KS, Funkhouser E, Garcés-Palacio IC, Person SD, Kempf MC, Scarinci IC. Vaginal douching among Latina immigrants. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Mar; 14(2):274-82.
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        22. Durant NH, Bartman B, Person SD, Collins F, Austin SB. Patient provider communication about the health effects of obesity. Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Apr; 75(1):53-7.
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        23. Marsh-Tootle WL, Wall TC, Tootle JS, Person SD, Kristofco RE. Quantitative pediatric vision screening in primary care settings in Alabama. Optom Vis Sci. 2008 Sep; 85(9):849-56.
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        24. Martin MY, Person SD, Kratt P, Prayor-Patterson H, Kim Y, Salas M, Pisu M. Relationship of health behavior theories with self-efficacy among insufficiently active hypertensive African-American women. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Jul; 72(1):137-45.
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        25. Salas M, Kiefe CI, Schreiner PJ, Kim Y, Juarez L, Person SD, Williams OD. Obesity Modifies the Association of Race/Ethnicity with Medication Adherence in the CARDIA Study. Patient. 2008 Jan 1; 1(1):41-54.
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        26. Pace R, Dawkins N, Wang B, Person S, Shikany JM. Rural African Americans' dietary knowledge, perceptions, and behavior in relation to cardiovascular disease. Ethn Dis. 2008; 18(1):6-12.
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        27. Halanych JH, Safford MM, Keys WC, Person SD, Shikany JM, Kim YI, Centor RM, Allison JJ. Burden of comorbid medical conditions and quality of diabetes care. Diabetes Care. 2007 Dec; 30(12):2999-3004.
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        28. Lester KM, Milby JB, Schumacher JE, Vuchinich R, Person S, Clay OJ. Impact of behavioral contingency management intervention on coping behaviors and PTSD symptom reduction in cocaine-addicted homeless. J Trauma Stress. 2007 Aug; 20(4):565-75.
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        29. Martin MY, Prayor-Patterson H, Kratt P, Kim Y, Person S. Characteristics of insufficiently active hypertensive Black women who volunteer to be in a physical activity promotion intervention: an application of social cognitive theory and the transtheoretical model. Ethn Dis. 2007; 17(4):604-10.
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        30. Davies SL, DiClemente RJ, Wingood GM, Person SD, Dix ES, Harrington K, Crosby RA, Oh K. Predictors of inconsistent contraceptive use among adolescent girls: findings from a prospective study. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Jul; 39(1):43-9.
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        31. Martin MY, Person SD, Shipp M, Green BL, Crowther M, Lee P. Variations in physicians' advice for managing hypertension in women: a study using NHANES III. Prev Med. 2006 Oct; 43(4):337-42.
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        32. Wynn TA, Johnson RE, Fouad M, Holt C, Scarinci I, Nagy C, Partridge E, Dignan MB, Person S, Parham G. Addressing disparities through coalition building: Alabama REACH 2010 lessons learned. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2006 May; 17(2 Suppl):55-77.
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        33. Jolly P, Jiang Y, Ellis W, Awuah R, Nnedu O, Phillips T, Wang JS, Afriyie-Gyawu E, Tang L, Person S, Williams J, Jolly C. Determinants of aflatoxin levels in Ghanaians: sociodemographic factors, knowledge of aflatoxin and food handling and consumption practices. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2006 Jul; 209(4):345-58.
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        34. Houston TK, Person SD, Pletcher MJ, Liu K, Iribarren C, Kiefe CI. Active and passive smoking and development of glucose intolerance among young adults in a prospective cohort: CARDIA study. BMJ. 2006 May 6; 332(7549):1064-9.
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        35. Fouad MN, Partridge E, Dignan M, Holt C, Johnson R, Nagy C, Parham G, Person S, Scarinci I, Wynn T. A community-driven action plan to eliminate breast and cervical cancer disparity: successes and limitations. J Cancer Educ. 2006; 21(1 Suppl):S91-100.
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        36. Newsome BB, Warnock DG, Kiefe CI, Weissman NW, Houston TK, Centor RM, Person SD, McClellan WM, Allison JJ. Delay in time to receipt of thrombolytic medication among Medicare patients with kidney disease. Am J Kidney Dis. 2005 Oct; 46(4):595-602.
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        37. Curtis JR, Olivieri J, Allison JJ, Gaffo A, Juarez L, Kovac SH, Person S, Saag KG. A group randomized trial to improve safe use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Am J Manag Care. 2005 Sep; 11(9):537-43.
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        38. Rahman A, Gibney L, Person SD, Williams OD, Kiefe C, Jolly P, Roseman J. Validity of self-reports of reasons for hospitalization by young adults and risk factors for discordance with medical records: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2005 Sep 1; 162(5):491-8.
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        39. Houston TK, Scarinci IC, Person SD, Greene PG. Patient smoking cessation advice by health care providers: the role of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and health. Am J Public Health. 2005 Jun; 95(6):1056-61.
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        40. Allison JJ, Kiefe CI, Wall T, Casebeer L, Ray MN, Spettell CM, Hook EW, Oh MK, Person SD, Weissman NW. Multicomponent Internet continuing medical education to promote chlamydia screening. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Apr; 28(3):285-90.
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        41. Houston TK, Allison JJ, Person S, Kovac S, Williams OD, Kiefe CI. Post-myocardial infarction smoking cessation counseling: associations with immediate and late mortality in older Medicare patients. Am J Med. 2005 Mar; 118(3):269-75.
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        42. Martin MY, Keys W, Person SD, Kim Y, Ashford RS, Kohler C, Norton P. Enhancing patient-physician communication: a community and culturally based approach. J Cancer Educ. 2005; 20(3):150-4.
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        43. Mikhail IS, DiClemente R, Person S, Davies S, Elliott E, Wingood G, Jolly PE. Association of complementary and alternative medicines with HIV clinical disease among a cohort of women living with HIV/AIDS. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004 Nov 1; 37(3):1415-22.
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        44. Davies SL, DiClemente RJ, Wingood GM, Person SD, Crosby RA, Harrington KF, Dix ES. Relationship characteristics and sexual practices of African American adolescent girls who desire pregnancy. Health Educ Behav. 2004 Aug; 31(4 Suppl):85S-96S.
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        45. Stallworth J, Roofe M, Clark LF, Ehiri JE, Mukherjee S, Person S, Jolly PE. Predictors of sexual involvement among adolescents in rural Jamaica. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2004 Apr-Jun; 16(2):165-78.
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        46. Green BL, Lewis RK, Wang MQ, Person S, Rivers B. Powerlessness, destiny, and control: the influence on health behaviors of African Americans. J Community Health. 2004 Feb; 29(1):15-27.
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        47. Person SD, Allison JJ, Kiefe CI, Weaver MT, Williams OD, Centor RM, Weissman NW. Nurse staffing and mortality for Medicare patients with acute myocardial infarction. Med Care. 2004 Jan; 42(1):4-12.
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        48. Patino FG, Olivieri J, Allison JJ, Mikuls TR, Moreland L, Kovac SH, Juarez L, Person S, Curtis J, Saag KG. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug toxicity monitoring and safety practices. J Rheumatol. 2003 Dec; 30(12):2680-8.
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        49. Patino FG, Allison J, Olivieri J, Mudano A, Juarez L, Person S, Mikuls TR, Moreland L, Kovac SH, Saag KG. The effects of physician specialty and patient comorbidities on the use and discontinuation of coxibs. Arthritis Rheum. 2003 Jun 15; 49(3):293-9.
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        50. Ahmed A, Allman RM, Kiefe CI, Person SD, Shaneyfelt TM, Sims RV, Howard G, DeLong JF. Association of consultation between generalists and cardiologists with quality and outcomes of heart failure care. Am Heart J. 2003 Jun; 145(6):1086-93.
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        51. Mudano AS, Casebeer L, Patino F, Allison JJ, Weissman NW, Kiefe CI, Person S, Gilbert D, Saag KG. Racial disparities in osteoporosis prevention in a managed care population. South Med J. 2003 May; 96(5):445-51.
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        52. Berner ES, Baker CS, Funkhouser E, Heudebert GR, Allison JJ, Fargason CA, Li Q, Person SD, Kiefe CI. Do local opinion leaders augment hospital quality improvement efforts? A randomized trial to promote adherence to unstable angina guidelines. Med Care. 2003 Mar; 41(3):420-31.
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