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Andrea L. DeMaria

Assistant Professor

Address: 310 Silcox (24 George Street)
Office Hours: by appointment only
Phone: (843) 953-1035
Personal Website:


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
    • Health Education
    • Certificate: Advanced Research Methods
    • Dissertation: "The Impact of Genital Self-Image on Gynecological Exam Behaviors of College-Aged Women"
  • M.S. The University of North Texas, Denton, TX
    • Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Sport Psychology
  • B.A. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    • Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Summer Study Abroad Program in Psychological Sciences; Florence, Italy

Research Interests

Dr. DeMaria's research has encompassed an interdisciplinary approach to understanding women's sexual and reproductive health behaviors and issues. She is committed to a comprehensive approach to women’s health research, drawing from the behavioral, social, and clinical science fields. Her research methodology has largely focused on the importance of incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods, specifically to inform program development, implementation, and evaluation in community and clinical settings.

In January 2013 Dr. DeMaria co-founded the Women’s Health Research Team at the College of Charleston. The Team's mission is to investigate health issues specific to women and adolescent girls, promote interdisciplinary research collaborations, and communicate research findings and health-related information to empower women and girls in our community, South Carolina, and beyond. 

Current Research Areas:

  • Vulvovaginal Health, Genital Self-Image, and Pubic Hair Removal
  • Contraceptive Choice, Access, and Compliance
  • Bystander Intervention and Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Public Health Campaign and Program Development to increase long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) use
  • Natural Labor Induction Methodologies
  • Telehealth Program Development and Evaluation

Dr. DeMaria is open to advising student research projects, including independent studies, bacherlor's essays, and SURF and MAYS grants, and she continues to look for motivated and exceptional students to join the Women's Health Research Team.

Courses Taught

HEAL/PBHL 215: Introduction to Public Health

HEAL 323: Women's Health Issues

HEAL 325: Health Promotion (Summer Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy)

HEAL 460: Public Health Administration

HEAL 495: Public Health Capstone Seminar

Honors and Awards

2015     Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year for the School of Education, Health and Human Performance; College of Charleston

2014     Department of Health and Human Performance Outstanding Faculty Member; College of Charleston


Selected Refereed Publications (*denotes student)

  1. DeMaria AL, Sundstrom B, *Moxley GE, *Meier S. Predicting women’s responses to contraceptive campaign messages. In Press. Health Behav Policy Rev.
  2. Sundstrom B, Ferrara M, DeMaria AL, *Payne JB, *Baker-Whitcomb A. Integrating pregnancy ambivalence and effectiveness in contraceptive choice. In Press. Health Comm.
  3. DeMaria AL, Sundstrom B, *McInnis SM, *Rogers EA. Perceptions and correlates of pubic hair removal and grooming among college-aged women: A mixed methods approach. 2016. Online ahead of print at Sex Health.
  4. *Payne JB, Sundstrom B, DeMaria AL. A Qualitative Study of Young Women's Beliefs About Intrauterine Devices: Fear of Infertility. 2016. Online ahead of print at J Midwifery Womens Health.
  5. DeMaria AL, Sundstrom B, *Grzejdziak M, *Booth K, *Adams H, *Gabel C, Cabot J. It’s not my place: Formative evaluation research to design and implement a bystander intervention campaign. 2015. Online ahead of print at JInterpers Violence.
  6. Sundstrom B, Carr L, DeMaria AL, Korte J, Modesitt SC, Young Pierce J. Protecting the next generation: Elaborating the health belief model to increase HPV vaccination among college-age women. Soc Mar Q. 2015;21(3):173-188. Featured in: Health Communication Science Digest. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). October 2015 (Vol. 6, Issue 10e)
  7. Sundstrom B, DeMaria AL, *Meier S, *Jones A, *Moxley GE. “It makes you rethink your choice of the Pill:” Theory–based formative research to design a contraceptive access campaign. J Health Commun. 2015;20  (11):1346-1354.
  8. Sundstrom B, *Baker-Whitcomb A, DeMaria AL. A qualitative analysis of long-acting reversible contraception. Matern Child Health J. 2015;19(7):1507-1514.
  9. DeMaria AL, *Flores M, Hirth JM, Berenson AB. Complications related to pubic hair removal. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014;210(6):528.e1-5.
  10. DeMaria AL, *Lugo JM, Rahman M, Pyles RB, Berenson AB. Association between body mass index, sexually transmitted infections, and contraceptive compliance. J Womens Heal. 2013;22(12):1062–1068.  
  11. DeMaria AL, Berenson AB. Prevalence and correlates of pubic hair grooming among low-income Hispanic, Black, and White women. Body Image. 2013;10(2):226–231.
  12. Rosen BL, DeMaria AL. Statistical significance vs. practical significance: An exploration through health education. Am J Heal Educ. 2012;43(4):235.
  13. DeMaria AL, Hollub AV, Herbenick D. The female genital self-image scale (FGSIS): Validation among a sample of female college students. J Sex Med. 2012;9(3):708–718.
  14. DeMaria AL, Hollub AV, Herbenick D. Using genital self-image, body image, and sexual behaviors to predict gynecological exam behaviors of college women. J Sex Med. 2011;8(9):2484–2492.