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 325: Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation

HEAL 215: Introduction to Public Health


Selected Publications:

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.