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.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
In my role as Director of the MPH Public Health Practice 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. 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 am a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American College Health Association (ACHA), the National Coalition for STD Directors (NCSD), and the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH).
I serve as an ad hoc manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Journal of American College Health, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, American Journal of Health Behavior and Journal of Cancer Education.
Broadly, my research focuses on maternal and child health and risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults, with most of my research centered on risky sexual health behaviors and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and prevention. I am currently conducting theory-based, mixed methods research to explore innovative approaches to improve rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea screening, including the use of self-collected samples. I have worked extensively with population-based secondary datasets to explore a variety of health behaviors among adolescents and young adults including oral health, condom use, contraceptive use, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, alcohol and drug use, and violence prevention. I have also utilized my previous clinical experience to explore the oral manifestations of STIs, the relationship between HPV and oral cancers, and HPV prevention programming for dental providers.
My work combines qualitative and quantitative approaches and is guided by health behavior and implementation science theories. The long-term goal of my work is to translate these research findings into innovative, evidence-informed, patient-centered interventions targeting young adults, healthcare providers and community settings.
This page was last modified on October 4, 2019