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 interests involve exploring the following inter-related areas: reproductive/sexual health; oral-systemic women’s health across the lifespan (i.e., oral health during pregnancy); translating emerging women’s health research into practice; and health literacy.
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.
Currently, Dr. Vamos serves as the PI for an NIH-funded study (1R41DE023723-01A1) that aims to determine the feasibility of using an eHealth intervention to facilitate inter-professional collaboration between prenatal/oral health providers regarding the prenatal oral health guidelines. She also serves as the PI for a USF Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Collaborative grant that seeks to assess oral health literacy among pregnant women. She is also the PI on a community-based participatory research (CBPR) grant funded by the American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant through Moffitt Cancer Center (ACS 60-16318-99-22-G1) that aims to explore the multifactorial and interacting social-ecological contexts that influence migrant farmworkers’ ability to access and receive the HPV vaccine. This last project is an extension of previous work that examined health literacy needs and assets among migrant farmworker women, with the ultimate goal of decreasing cervical cancer disparities.
Previously, Dr. Vamos was a Program Manager / 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: the application of health literacy to maternal and child health/oral health programming; social determinants of health and family health; the development of ‘healthy community’ policies; and an examination of the effectiveness and feasibility of text messaging in improving compliance rates among sexual health clients. 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 USF. 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; Global Public Health; Journal of School Health; and Vaccine).