Sarah Maness

Assistant Professor

Address: Silcox 311
Phone: (843) 953-1035
Curriculum Vitae: Download


PhD, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

  • Department of Community and Family Health
  • Dissertation: Associations between Social Determinants of Health and adolescent pregnancy: An analysis of data from the National Longitudinal study of Adolescent to Adult Health

MPH, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia

  • Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
  • Thesis: HPV risk perception and risk behavior among minority women

BS, BA, North Carolina State University

  • Biological Sciences
  • Spanish Language and Literature

Research Interests

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Equity
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Health
  • HPV Vaccination
  • Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
  • Program Evaluation

Courses Taught

HEAL 320: Immigration and Public Health (Public Health in France and Switzerland, Summer Study Abroad)
First Year Experience Abroad: Exploring Public Health in Belize

HEAL 325: Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation

HEAL 215: Introduction to Public Health


Selected Publications:

Maness, S. B., Dobbs, P. D., Wright, L. (In Press). Promotion of dual-degree Masters of Public Health and Masters of Divinity Programs to facilitate implementation of public health practice among trusted community leaders. Public Health Reports

Maness S. B., Noble, C. A., Thompson, E. L., Walsh-Buhi, E. R., & Daley, E.  (In Press). Community service learning in the Teen Outreach Program in non-metropolitan Florida high schools. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies.

Maness, S. B., Kershner, S. H., George, T. P., Pozsik, J. T., Gibson, M. & Marcano, D. (In Press). Evaluation of a media literacy intervention among college students in a southeastern U.S. state. (In Press). Journal of American College Health.

Maness, S. B., Thompson, E. L., & Yu, L. (2022). Associations between Social Determinants of Health and adolescent contraceptive use: An analysis from the National Survey of Family Growth. Family and Community Health, 45(2), 91-102

Maness, S. B., Thompson, E. L., Merrell, L. K., Griner, S., Kline, N. & Wheldon, C.  (2021). Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities: Commentary on influence of COVID-19 Exposures and Mortality Among African Americans in the United States. Public Health Reports, 136(1), 18-22. 

Maness, S. B., Wilson, K. L., Thompson, Rosen, B. L., Zingg, T. (2020). High-risk adolescents’ sexuality education preferences based on Hispanic ethnicity. Sex Education, 20(2), 217-226. 

Maness, S. B. & Thompson, E. L. (2019). Assessing the social determinants of HPV vaccination: A critical assessment of publicly available data. Public Health Reports, 134(3), 264-273. 

Maness, S. B.,  Reitzel, L. R., Hernandez, D. C., Santa Maria, D. M., Batson, M. A., Kendzor, D. E., Zingg, T. Businelle, M. S. (2019). Modifiable health risk factors and desire to change among homeless adults. American Journal of Health Behavior43(2), 373-379.  

Maness, S. B., Branscum, P. (2017). Utilizing a Social Determinants of Health Framework as determinants of perceived behavioral control within the Integrated Behavioral Model. Family & Community Health, 40(1), 39-42. 

Maness, S. B., Reitzel, L. R., Watkins, K. L., & McNeill, L. (2016). HPV awareness, knowledge and vaccination attitudes among church-going African American women.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 40(6), 771-778.  

 Maness, S. B., Buhi, E. R., Daley, E., Kromrey, J., & Baldwin, J. (2016). Associations between social determinants of health and adolescent pregnancy: An analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(2016), 636-643. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.02.00 

Maness, S. B., Buhi, E. R. (2016). Associations between social determinants of health and pregnancy among young people: A systematic review. Public Health Reports 131(1), 86-99. 

Maness, S., Mahony, H., Buhi, E. R. (2015). How Florida youth measure up to U.S. youth in sexual and reproductive health: Implications for youth across the U.S. Journal of Vulnerable Children & Youth Studies 10(1), 26-35.  doi:10.1080/17450128.2014.98625

Maness, S. B., & Buhi, E. R. (2013). A systematic review of pregnancy prevention programs for minority youth in the US: a critical analysis and recommendations for improvement. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice6(2), 7.