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

  • Exercise
  • African Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Health
  • Color
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Bulimia
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Weights and Measures

Recent Publications


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.
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.


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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