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2017-2018 Academic Year Seminar Series

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Shawnita M. Sealy-Jefferson, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology 

One Capitol Square, 8th floor, suite 825
Phone: (804) 628-4058


Research Fellowships

Academic Training and Positions

Research Expertise

Social epidemiology of racial health disparities; Preterm delivery among African American Women; Epidemiology methods; Minority health; Chronic disease epidemiology


Professional Affiliations

Selected Publications

Sealy-Jefferson, S., Slaughter-Acey, J., Caldwell, C.H., Kwarteng, J., Misra, D.P. Neighborhood Disadvantage and Preterm Delivery in Urban African Americans: The Impact of Religious Coping. (in-press) Social Science and Medicine: Population Health

Sealy-Jefferson, S., Giurgescu, C., Slaughter-Acey, J., Caldwell, C.H., Misra, D.P. Neighborhood Quality and Preterm Delivery among African American Women: The Mediating Role of Psychosocial Factors. (in-press) Journal of Urban Health

Siriam, U., LaCroix, A., Barrington, W., Corbie-Smith, G., Garcia, L., Going, S., LaMonte, M., Manson, J., Sealy-Jefferson, S., Stefanick, M., Waring, M., Seguin, R.A. The Relationship between Neighborhood Walkability and Adiposity in the Women’s Health Initiative Cohort. Am J Prev Med. 2016 May 17. pii: S0749-3797(16)30101-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.04.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Slaughter-Acey, J.C., Sealy-Jefferson, S., Helmkamp, L., Osypuk, T.L., Platt, R., Straughen, J.K., Dailey, R., Misra, D.P. Racism in the Form of Micro aggressions and the Risk of Preterm Birth among Black Women. Annals of Epidemiol. 2016 Jan;26(1):7-13.e1.doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.10.005. Epub 2015 Oct 17

Sealy-Jefferson, S., Giurgescu, C., Misra, D.P., Osypuk, T.L. Perceived Physical and Social Residential Environment and Preterm Delivery in African American Women. Am. J. Epidemiol. first published online July 9, 2015 doi:10.1093/aje/kwv106 [PubMed]

Sealy-Jefferson, S., Vickers, J., Elam, A., Wilson, M.R. Racial and ethnic health disparities and the Affordable Care Act: A status update. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (2015): 1-6. [Other Publication]

Sealy-Jefferson, S., Giurgescu, C., Misra, D.P., Osypuk, T.L.Perceived Physical and Social Residential Environment and Preterm Delivery in African American Women. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Sep 15;182(6):485-93. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv106. Epub 2015 Jul 9

Giurgescu, C.; Misra, D.P.; Sealy-Jefferson, S.; Howard-Caldwell, S.; Templin, T.N.; Slaughter, J.C.; Osypuk, T.L. The impact of neighborhood quality, perceived stress, and social support on depressive symptoms during pregnancy in African American women. Social Science and Medicine. 2015 Feb 16;130C:172-180. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.02.006. [PubMed]

Spracklen, C.N., Wallace, R.B., Sealy-Jefferson, S., Robinson, J.G., Freudenheim, J.L., Wellons, M.F., Saftlas, A.F., Snetselaar, L.G., Manson, J.E., Hou, L., Qi, L., Chelbowski, R.T., Ryckman, K.K. Birth Weight and Subsequent Risk of Cancer. Cancer Epidemiology. 2014 Aug 2. pii:S1877-7821(14)00130-1. Doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2014.07.004. [PubMed]

Sealy-Jefferson, S., Hegner, K., Misra, D.P. Linking Non-traditional Physical Activity and Preterm Delivery in Urban African American Women. Women’s Health Issues. 24-4 (2014) e389–e395. [PubMed]

Ruterbusch, JJ., Ali-Fehmi, R., Olson, S.H., Sealy-Jefferson, S., Rybicki, B.A., Hensley-Alford, S., Elshaikh, MA., Gaba, A.R., Schultz, D., Munkarah, A.R., Cote, M.L. Impact of Comorbid Conditions on Racial Disparities in Endometrial Cancer Survival. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2014.06.036. [PubMed]