Cheryl A. Vamos, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health
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Education and History
Came to USF
B.Sc. Honours University of Guelph, 2003
M.P.H. University of South Florida, 2005
Grad.Cert. in Interdisciplinary Women’s Health, University of South Florida, 2005
Ph.D. University of South Florida, 2009
Maternal and Child Health
Dr. Vamos is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director for the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health (CTR-WH). She is also a Core Faculty member of the Collaborative for Research Understanding Sexual Health (CRUSH). Current research, and research interests, involve exploring the following inter-related methods, themes and lines of inquiry: transdisciplinary approaches to improving women’s health; research on oral-systemic women’s health across the lifespan (i.e. oral health and pregnancy; oral health and chronic diseases); dissemination and implementation science (i.e. research focused on narrowing the divide between the translation of women’s oral-systemic research to practice); and team science. Past research has involved behavioral and psychosocial health issues in the areas of reproductive cancers, HPV in women and men, patterns of contraception use, chronic diseases in marginalized female populations, state- and county-level needs assessments of women’s health, and family planning policy.
Previously, Dr. Vamos was a Program Manager and a Director at the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) in Ontario, Canada, where she was responsible for overseeing epidemiological, research and evaluation activities. Projects at the BCHU included, but were not limited to the following: evaluation of a comprehensive children's oral health community program; the development of a community picture to inform policy development for a ‘healthy community’; an examination of the effectiveness and feasibility of text messaging in improving compliance rates among sexual health clients; an examination of factors associated with access to care in a local community; an evaluation of prenatal programs delivered in-class and online; and the application of health literacy to maternal and child health/oral health. In addition to supervising a range of public health professionals at the Health Unit, Dr. Vamos also served as a preceptor for public health students completing their field placements.
Dr. Vamos has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of South Florida. Dr. Vamos has also published a variety of articles in peer-reviewed journals, including empirical research (quantitative and qualitative), in-depth analyses of controversial public health issues, and teaching ideas. She has also disseminated her work at numerous international, national, provincial/state and local conferences. Furthermore, she is active in professional service, including serving as a reviewer for various journals (American Journal of Public Health; Maternal and Child Health Journal; American Journal of Health Education; Health Promotion International; Journal of School Health; and Vaccine).