Dr. Stacey Griner
Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems
Education & Experience:
I received a PhD in Public Health and a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from the University of South Florida. At the University of Florida, I received an MPH with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and at St. Petersburg College I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene Education. Prior to entering academia, I was in clinical dental hygiene practice for more than 10 years. In addition to my position in Health Behavior and Health Systems, I am affiliate faculty in the STARR Lab.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
In my role as Director of the MPH Public Health Leadership program, I mentor and advise students to become public health experts by meeting their academic and career goals. I teach courses in the MPH Maternal and Child Health program, including Introduction to Maternal and Child Health and Human Sexuality and Reproductive Health. I also teach one of the MPH core courses: Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Community Health. Through my past experiences teaching courses in health behavior, sexual and reproductive health, and community health, I have developed a strong dedication to teaching in both in-class and through online settings. My teaching draws from the social determinants of health and the ecological perspective to encourage students to examine health disparities and their ultimate causes from multiple levels. In my courses, I facilitate critical thinking by engaging students in group discussion, debate, and practical application. These activities allow students to consider the social and cultural factors that mediate their experiences and perspectives on health issues.
I recognize student mentorship and interpersonal relationships as a critical component of teaching. I have mentored students in their training to become clinicians, researchers, and public health experts by focusing on professional development and their academic and research goals. My mentoring and teaching are guided by the value of serving others first. In my collaborations, my primary goal is to encourage personal and professional growth, well-being and success, and I actively strive to promote each student’s individual potential.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I’m a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and serve as a Section Councilor for the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section. I’m also a member of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA), the American College Health Association (ACHA), the National Coalition for STD Directors (NCSD), the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB), AcademyHealth, and the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH). In the local community, I serve as Treasurer for the Tarrant County Health Equity Alliance. I’m an ad hoc manuscript reviewer for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Women’s Health Issues, the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Journal of American College Health, Family and Community Health, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, American Journal of Health Behavior, and Journal of Cancer Education.
Broadly, my research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based clinical guidelines and policies. My topics of focus are sexual and reproductive health, preconception/prenatal care and oral health. Most of my research addresses sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and prevention. Currently, I am conducting survey research to assess the implementation of evidence-based chlamydia screening guidelines and syphilis screening policies into clinical care by prenatal providers. In this line of research, other projects include exploring the role of mental health care providers in implementing behavioral counseling interventions to prevent STIs, and the acceptability and dissemination of chlamydia and gonorrhea vaccines among young adults and parents of adolescents. My work addresses a variety of health behaviors impacting sexual and gender minority communities and adolescents and young adults, including condom use, contraception use, HPV vaccination, sexual consent and sexual violence.
In addition to STI prevention and screening, I am utilizing my clinical experience in dental hygiene to explore access to oral healthcare among vulnerable populations, oral manifestations of STIs, the relationship between HPV and oral cancers, and implementation of HPV-related prevention guidelines and HPV vaccination into the dental setting. I completed the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC) through the National Cancer Institute, where I focused on the dissemination of evidence-based oral health policies. Overall, the long-term goal of my work is to improve evidence-based guideline implementation, translate research findings into innovative interventions to modify the practice behaviors of health care providers and improve the health of communities.