Stacey Griner, PhD, MPH, CPH, RDH, joins the UNTHSC School of Public Health this fall as Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems, and Program Director for the Public Health Practice MPH degree.
Her educational background includes a PhD in Public Health, along with a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies, from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She completed her MPH degree, concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Dr. Griner also holds a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene Education from St. Petersburg College, Florida, and before entering academia, was in clinical dental hygiene practice for more than 10 years.
As she begins her first semester as UNTHSC faculty, Dr. Griner will be mentoring and advising Maternal and Child Health MPH students and teaching courses including “Introduction to Maternal and Child Health,” “Maternal and Child Health Across the Life Course” and “Human Sexuality and Reproductive Health.”
With a focus on health behavior, sexual and reproductive health and community health, she has experience teaching both in-class and online, and has mentored students over the years who have gone on to pursue careers as clinicians, researchers and public health experts.
Drawing from the social determinants of health and the ecological perspective to encourage students to examine health disparities and their ultimate causes from multiple levels, Dr. Griner is committed to serving others first through her mentoring, teaching and collaborations.
Her primary goal for students, she says, is to “encourage personal and professional growth, well-being and success, and actively strive to promote each student’s individual potential.”
Dr. Griner’s research focuses on maternal and child health and risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults, primarily related to risky sexual health behaviors and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and prevention, oral health, condom use, contraceptive use, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, alcohol and drug use, violence prevention, the relationship between HPV and oral cancers, and HPV prevention programming for dental providers.
Dr. Griner is 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). She serves 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 the Journal of Cancer Education.