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Cheryl Vamos, PhD, MPH

Cheryl Vamos, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Director, Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice

Fellow, Chiles Center for Women, Children and Families

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  • Office: LRC 218
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  • Academic Phone: 8139747515
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  • PhD, Public Health, University of South Florida, 2009
  • MPH, University of South Florida, 2005
  • Grad Cert, Interdisciplinary Women’s Health, University of South Florida, 2005
  • BSC, Honours, University of Guelph, 2003


Maternal and Child Health


  • Women’s Health
  • Reproductive Health
  • MCH Oral Health
  • Family Planning
  • Health Literacy
  • Implementation Science / Quality Improvement


Dr. Cheryl Vamos is an Associate Professor and a Fellow with the Chiles Center for Women, Children and Families. She is also a Core Faculty member of the Collaborative for Research Understanding Sexual Health (CRUSH). The overall goal of Dr. Vamos’ research is to facilitate the translation of maternal and child health (MCH) evidence into practice for patients, providers, and women at-large. Within the broad field of MCH, the majority of projects focus on women’s health, reproductive health and MCH oral health, and employ health literacy, implementation science, and technology approaches to ensure that women (and providers) have the knowledge, skills and resources needed to be empowered and make informed health decisions. Together, this research seeks to (1) identify the system-level factors influencing health behaviors/outcomes and (2) develop and test innovative solutions to improve women’s health. Dr. Vamos is also committed to contributing to a competent, diverse workforce through her leadership training roles in the MCHB/HRSA funded (1) MCH Pipeline Program (“MCH Train-A-Bull”) (Project Director) and the Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science and Practice (Co-Investigator). Further, she serves as the MCH Concentration Chair and Director of the Graduate Certificate in MCH. Dr. Vamos’ current research is guided by theoretical frameworks, employs various quantitative/ qualitative methodologies, includes primary and secondary data sources, and comprises interdisciplinary team members (e.g., public health, medicine, dentistry, community partners, and small business company). She is also passionate about and values having undergraduate/graduate students and postdoctoral scholars on her research teams. Select research foci to highlight this work are provided below: Prenatal Oral Health Guidelines. Aims to address (1) barriers to guideline implementation among prenatal/oral health providers; and (2) oral health literacy needs among providers and pregnant women. Funding has included two National Institutes of Health awards (1R41DE023723-01A1; R03DE024633-02), USF New Researcher Award, and USF Health’s Women’s Health Collaborative. HPV-Related Primary and Secondary Prevention. Aims to address (1) health literacy needs among oral health providers with regards to preventing HPV-associated morbidity and mortality; (2) health literacy assets/needs among rural Hispanic women who received an abnormal Pap result; and (3) system-level barriers to HPV vaccination among children residing predominantly in a farmworker community. Funding has included National Institutes of Health (5R21DE024272-02), American Cancer Society (ACS 60-16318-99-22-G1), and the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network, Moffitt Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities Community Network Program Center - 5U54 CA153509). MCH Quality Improvement (QI). Coordinated by the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, projects include: (1) promoting access to long-acting reversible contraception among women in the immediate post-partum period; (2) examining cultural and contextual issues influencing the high cesarean delivery rates among low-risk, first-time moms; and (3) evaluating the implementation of the Obstetric Hemorrhage Initiative. Funding has included the Florida Department of Health. 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.