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Scherezade Mama
Scherezade K. Mama, DrPH
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Summary Statement

Scherezade Mama is interested in understanding the mechanisms through which the social environment and psychosocial factors influence modifiable behavioral risk factors, like overweight/obesity and physical inactivity, and targets these factors to reduce health disparities.

Department
  • Kinesiology - KINES
Education
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), 2013, Community Health Practice (Minor in Biostatistics and Concentration in Leadership Studies), The University of Texas School of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), 2009, Community Health Practice, The University of Texas School of Public Health
  • B.S., 2005, Biology (Chemistry Minor), University of Houston
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Phone
Office Address
268J Rec Hall
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Fax
814-865-1275
Specializations
  • Disparities in physical activity/inactivity among racial/ethnic minorities, women, low-income and rural populations
  • Ecologic correlates of physical activity/inactivity in underserved and vulnerable populations
  • Psychosocial interventions to promote physical activity and reduce physical inactivity-related health disparities
  • Physical activity promotion along the cancer control continuum (prevention through survivorship)
Grants and Research Projects

My research focuses on physical activity and health promotion among underserved and vulnerable populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, women, low-income populations, and rural residents. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms through which the social environment and psychosocial factors influence health risk behaviors, such as physical activity/inactivity, that contribute to health disparities and inequities in these populations. My work seeks to target these mechanisms and pathways to develop and improve evidence-based interventions to increase physical activity and to prevent and control cancer, obesity, and other chronic diseases. My work is translational in nature, moving research from the clinic into practice in the community in an effort to impact population health, reduce health disparities and improve health equity.

Health Disparities and Physical Activity Research (HDPAR) Lab