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Sheryl Strasser

Associate Professor    

Ph.D., 2003, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Health Education and Health Promotion
M.P.H., 2000, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Maternal and Child Health
M.S.W., 1999, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Health
B.A., 1995, Saint Norbert College, English and Spanish


Evaluation Research, Substance Abuse and Prevention, Elder Mistreatment


Sheryl Strasser is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University and part of its Partnership for Urban Health Research. She also is an affiliate faculty member of the Gerontology Institute.

Dr. Strasser previously held faculty positions within the New York University Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She has collaborated on externally-funded projects related to prescription drug abuse, youth alcohol use and prevention, tobacco control, and marijuana research totally over $7 million in awards ranging from the National Institute of Aging, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as the RAND Foundation, among others. She has also completed a fellowship with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Strasser specializes in interdisciplinary health promotion planning and evaluation research focusing on substance abuse and prevention and healthy aging. She utilizes innovative teaching modalities to connect with graduate students-and she currently teaches graduate courses in intervention and evaluation research, public health ethics, as well as social and behavioral aspects of public health.


Strasser, S, Smith, M, & O’Quin, K. (2016). Victimization Risk of Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Manifesting Later in Life: A Review of Response Systems. In Maltreatment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Editors: Lutzker, Graham, Guastaferro, in press.

Yankey BN, Strasser S, Okosun IS. (2016). A Cross-sectional Analysis of the Association between Marijuana and Cigarette Smoking with Metabolic Syndrome among Adults in the United States. Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews, j.dsx.2016.03.001, PMID: 27049971.

Strasser S. (2016). A Reflection of Years Lived Before and Beyond the Age of 100. Book review of Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life.  Journal of Women and Aging, 28(3).

A Torres, Steward J, Strasser S, Lyn R, Serna R, Stauber CE. (2015). Atlanta Streets Alive: A Movement Building a Culture of Health in an Urban Environment. J Phys Act Health, 13(2): 239-246., PMID: 26180931.

Fan AZ, Strasser, SM, Zhang X, Fang J, Crawford CG. (2015) State socioeconomic indicators and self-reported hypertension among US adults, 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Prev Chronic Dis. Feb 26;12:E27. doi: 10.5888/pcd12.140353. PMID:25719217

Chen Y, Strasser, S, Cao Y, Wang KS, Zheng S. (2015). Calcium intake and hypertension among obese adults in United States: Associations and implications explored. Journal of Human Hypertension,29(9): 541-547. doi:10.1038/jhh.2014, PMID: 25589211

Chen, Y., Strasser, S., Callahan, K., Blackley, D., Cao, Y., Wang, L., & Zheng, S. (2014). The Association of Calcium Intake and Other Risk Factors with Cardiovascular Disease among Obese Adults in USA. Advance Journal of Food Science & Technology6(3): 333-343.