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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
MCH Oral Health
Implementation Science / Quality Improvement
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 / Director at the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) in Ontario, Canada, where she was responsible for overseeing epidemiological, research and evaluation activities. Example projects at the BCHU included: application of health literacy to MCH 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 and is actively engaged in presenting professional development activities to the workforce. 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 Co-Chair for the Perinatal and Women’s Health Committee, MCH Section, American Public Health Association (national); Health Literacy Advisory Board member, Hillsborough County Health Department, Tampa, Florida (county); and reviewer for various journals (e.g., American Journal of Public Health; MCH Journal; American Journal of Health Education; Health Promotion International; Journal of Women’s Health; Journal of the American Dental Association).