MPH Faculty

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Sharon A. Bryant, PhD

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Decker College/Co-Director, STEP and UBMS/Associate Professor, MPH and Nursing

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Background

After earning her doctorate in medical sociology, Sharon Bryant spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University. She conducted research applying the Transtheoretical model to screening mammography. When she finished her postdoc, she worked for two years as a health policy analyst in the Office of Minority Health at the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Bryant was an assistant professor in the Africana Studies Department of Binghamton's Harpur College of Arts and Sciences before transferring to the University's Decker School of Nursing.

She is the project director/co-director of three grant-funded educational programs.

  • The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program is funded by the New York State Department of Education to increase the number of college students to major in disciplines related to the licensed and STEM professions.
  • The Science and Technology Entry Program is funded by the New York State Department of Education to increase the number of Johnson City School District middle and high school students who attend college and major in disciplines related to licensed and STEM professions.
  • The Upward Bound Math Science Program is a TRIO program funded by the United States Department of Education to encourage Binghamton High School students to attend college and major in STEM disciplines.

In March 2019, Bryant was appointed director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Decker School of Nursing. She serves on national, community and University communities that address diversity, equity and inclusion.

Education

  • PhD, medical sociology, Yale University
  • MPhil, medical sociology, Yale University
  • MA, medical sociology, Yale University
  • BA, sociology, Howard University

Research Interests

  • Health promotion and disease prevention behaviors of underrepresented populations
  • Intimate partner violence among college students

Teaching Interests

  • Health disparities and vulnerable populations