Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Scherezade Kelly Mama, DrPH

Scherezade Kelly Mama, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

Dr. Scherezade Mama has more than 12 years of research experience and a broad background in public health, with specific training and expertise in behavioral science, community-based participatory research and mixed-method research. Her current research focuses on designing and disseminating evidence-based physical activity interventions to increase physical activity and reduce psychosocial distress in underserved adults, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, rural residents and cancer survivors.

Dr. Mama is specifically interested in mind-body strategies to increase physical activity, reduce sedentary time and improve psychosocial health and well-being in an effort to prevent and control cancer, reduce cancer health disparities and promote health equity. 

  • Exercise
  • African Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Health
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Color
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Bulimia

Recent Publications


Hallgren, E, Hastert, TA, Carnahan, LR, Eberth, JM, Mama, SK, Watson, KS & Molina, Y 2020, 'Cancer-Related Debt and Mental-Health-Related Quality of Life among Rural Cancer Survivors: Do Family/Friend Informal Caregiver Networks Moderate the Relationship?', Journal of health and social behavior, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 113-130.
Mama, SK 2020, 'Commentary: The Social Environment and Mental Health in African American Adults', American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 606-608.
Burse, NR, Bhuiyan, N, Mama, SK & Schmitz, KH 2020, 'Physical activity barriers and resources among black women with a history of breast and endometrial cancer: a systematic review', Journal of Cancer Survivorship.
Mama, SK, Bhuiyan, N, Foo, W, Segel, JE, Bluethmann, SM, Winkels, RM, Wiskemann, J, Calo, WA, Lengerich, EJ & Schmitz, KH 2020, 'Rural-urban differences in meeting physical activity recommendations and health status in cancer survivors in central Pennsylvania', Supportive Care in Cancer.


Mama, SK, Bhuiyan, NMS, Lee, RE, Basen-Engquist, K, Wetter, DW, Thompson, D & McNeill, LH 2019, 'Comparing multiple measures of physical activity in African-American adults', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 877-886.
Leach, HJ, Mama, SK & Harden, SM 2019, 'Group-based exercise interventions for increasing physical activity in cancer survivors: a systematic review of face-to-face randomized and non-randomized trials', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 1601-1612.
Soltero, EG, Parker, NH, Mama, DrPH, SK, Ledoux, TA & Lee, RE 2019, 'Lessons Learned From Implementing of Garden Education Program in Early Child Care', Health promotion practice.
Bhuiyan, N, Singh, P, Harden, SM & Mama, SK 2019, 'Rural physical activity interventions in the United States: A systematic review and RE-AIM evaluation', International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol. 16, no. 1, 140.
Lee, RE, Soltero, EG, Ledoux, TA, Sahnoune, I, Saavadra, F, Mama, SK & McNeill, LH 2019, 'Sustainability via Active Garden Education: Translating Policy to Practice in Early Care and Education', Journal of School Health, vol. 89, no. 4, pp. 257-266.
Webb, BL & Mama, SK 2019, 'The Provision of Clergy Health Resources by Faith-Based Organizations in the USA', Journal of Religion and Health.


Paskett, ED, Baltic, RD, Syoung, G, Katz, ML, Lesko, SM, Hwebber, K, Roberto, KA, Lengerich, EJ, Schoenberg, NE, Kennedy, SK, Mama, S, Midkiff, CC & Dignan, MB 2018, 'A group randomized trial to reduce obesity among appalachian church members: The walk by faith study', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 27, no. 11, pp. 1289-1297.
Bopp, M, Webb, BL, Mama, SK & Hentz-Leister, E 2019, 'An Examination of Denomination-Level Efforts in Congregation Health Programming', Journal of Religion and Health, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 391-407.
Lyles, AA, Loomis, C, Mama, SK, Siddiqi, S & Lee, RE 2018, 'Longitudinal analysis of virtual community perceptions of cohesion: The role of cooperation, communication, and competition', Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 23, no. 13, pp. 1677-1688.
Scruggs, S, Mama, SK, Carmack, CL, Douglas, T, Diamond, P & Basen-Engquist, K 2018, 'Randomized Trial of a Lifestyle Physical Activity Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors: Effects on Transtheoretical Model Variables', Health promotion practice, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 134-144.
Ortiz, A, Tirado, M, Hughes, DC, Gonzalez, V, Song, JJ, Mama, SK & Basen-Engquist, K 2018, 'Relationship between physical activity, disability, and physical fitness profile in sedentary Latina breast cancer survivors', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, vol. 34, no. 10, pp. 783-794.


Shin, CN, Soltero, E, Mama, SK, Sunseri, C & Lee, RE 2017, 'Association of Discrimination and Stress With Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Ethnic Minority Women', Clinical Nursing Research, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 694-712.
Mama, SK, McNeill, LH, Soltero, EG, Edwards, RO & Lee, RE 2017, 'Contribution of psychosocial factors to physical activity in women of color in the saving lives staying active (SALSA) Study', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 351-359.
Lee, RE, Reese-Smith, JY, Mama, SK, Medina, AV, Wolfe, KL & Estabrooks, PA 2017, 'Erratum to: Reach and representativeness of ethnic minority women in the Health Is Power Study: a longitudinal analysis (Translational Behavioral Medicine, (2017), 7, 1, (106-114), 10.1007/s13142-016-0385-9)', Translational behavioral medicine, vol. 7, no. 1.
Mama, SK, Leach, HJ, Soltero, EG & Lee, RE 2017, 'Improved Physical Activity Screening Enhances Intervention Effectiveness in Ethnic Minority Women: A Longitudinal Study', Health promotion practice, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 54-61.
Mama, SK, John, DH & Bhuiyan, N 2017, Introduction to race, ethnicity, and related theories of disparities. in Physical Activity in Diverse Populations: Evidence and Practice. Taylor and Francis, pp. 13-25.
Rianon, N, Ambrose, CG, Pervin, H, Garcia, M, Mama, SK, Schwartz, AV, Lee, B & Harris, T 2017, 'Long-term use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors protects against bone loss in African-American elderly men', Archives of Osteoporosis, vol. 12, no. 1, 94.
Mama, SK, Song, J, Ortiz, A, Tirado-Gomez, M, Palacios, C, Hughes, DC & Basen-Engquist, K 2017, 'Longitudinal social cognitive influences on physical activity and sedentary time in Hispanic breast cancer survivors', Psycho-Oncology, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 214-221.
Lee, RE, Reese-Smith, JY, Mama, SK, Medina, AV, Wolfe, KL & Estabrooks, PA 2017, 'Reach and representativeness of ethnic minority women in the Health Is Power Study: a longitudinal analysis', Translational behavioral medicine, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 106-114.
Lee, RE, Parker, NH, Soltero, EG, Ledoux, TA, Mama, SK & McNeill, L 2017, 'Sustainability via Active Garden Education (SAGE): Results from two feasibility pilot studies', BMC Public Health, vol. 17, no. 1, 242.
Lee, RE, Mama, SK, Leach, H, Soltero, EG & Parker, NH 2017, The physical environment and public policy. in Applied Exercise Psychology: The Challenging Journey from Motivation to Adherence. Taylor and Francis, pp. 145-159.
Kishida, M, Mama, SK, Larkey, LK & Elavsky, S 2018, '“Yoga resets my inner peace barometer”: A qualitative study illuminating the pathways of how yoga impacts one's relationship to oneself and to others', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 40, pp. 215-221.


Leach, HJ, O'Connor, DP, Simpson, RJ, Rifai, HS, Mama, SK & Lee, RE 2016, 'An exploratory decision tree analysis to predict cardiovascular disease risk in African American women', Health Psychology, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 397-402.
Lee, RE, Soltero, EG, Jáuregui, A, Mama, SK, Barquera, S, Jauregui, E, Lopez y Taylor, J, Ortiz-Hernández, L & Lévesque, L 2016, 'Disentangling Associations of Neighborhood Street Scale Elements With Physical Activity in Mexican School Children', Environment and Behavior, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 150-171.
Mama, SK, Li, Y, Basen-Engquist, K, Lee, RE, Thompson, D, Wetter, DW, Nguyen, NT, Reitzel, LR & McNeill, LH 2016, 'Psychosocial mechanisms linking the social environment to mental health in African Americans', PloS one, vol. 11, no. 4, e0154035.

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