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Faculty and Staff Profile

Sarah Griffin

Associate Professor


Office: 507 Edwards Hall
Phone: 864-656-1622
Fax: 864-656-6227
Email: SGRIFFI@clemson.edu
 

 Educational Background

PhD Public Health
University of South Carolina 2001

MPH Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
University of South Carolina 1993

BS Biology
Winthrop University 1988

 Courses Taught

Qualitative and Mixed Methods (HLTH 8220)
Foundations of Evaluation in Health (HLTH 8410)
Community Health Promotion (HLTH 4800)
Health Promotion Program Planning (HLTH 3400)
Applied Health Behavior (HLTH 4500)
Determinants of Health Behavior (HLTH 2400)
Introduction to Public Health (HLTH 2020)



 Profile

Dr. Griffin has over twenty years of experience in public health with a specific interest in eliminating health disparities. Within this experience, assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of community and/or school-based child health intervention is her primary focus. Dr. Griffin has extensive experience implementing and evaluating complex health interventions in a wide variety of settings and is an expert in evaluation design, mixed methods research, and qualitative research. Currently, Dr. Griffin serves as Principal Investigator of the Greenville Health System (GHS) School-Based Health Center implementation study for OnTrack Greenville. She is also a Co-Investigator on a Department of Defense funded project to assess mobile health technology for chronic disease management and an evaluation consultant for SC Fitnessgram, SC Let’s Go, and SC Farm to Institution. Dr. Griffin is an ardent volunteer for the United Way of Anderson County and serves on the evaluation team for SCALE Down a statewide partnership between the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.

 Research Interests

Dr. Griffin's research is focused on eliminating health disparities by researching the efficacy and effectiveness of complex interventions to improve health. Most of this work is related to preventing childhood obesity among those at highest risk. Dr. Griffin has served as the Principal Investigator of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded Rural Health initiative and Co-Investigator on four different National Institutes of Health funded research projects adding health equity in South Carolina (SC). Two of these projects focused on obesity prevention, one was to examine medical and nursing students’ readiness to treat Latino patients in cancer care settings and one focused to reducing HIV/AIDS and HPV in racial and ethnic minority communities. She also served as a Co-Investigator for the Active for Life® evaluation, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative to increase physical activity in older adults. She has published over 30 national/international peer-reviewed articles related to improving health and serves on the editorial review committee for several leading national health journals.

 Research Publications

Mayo R, Griffin SF, Pribonic AP (2016) The Reality of the Affordable Care Act Implementation among the Chronically Uninsured: a Qualitative Study Journal of Diversity and Equality in HealthCare 13 (3): 251-256

Griffin SF, Mayo RM, Pribonics AP. (2015) “They treat you different, it is a different kind of care” Stigmatization and discrimination perceptions among the uninsured. International Journal Health Sciences 3(4), pp. 33-42

Wilson DK, Van Horn L, Kugler K, Siceloff RS, Alia KA, St. George SM, Lawman HG, Trumpeter N, Coulon S, Griffin SF, Wandersman A, Egan B, Colabianchi N, Forthorfer M, Gadson B. (2014) The Results of the "Positive Action for Today's Health" (PATH) Trial for Increasing Walking and Physical Activity in Underserved African American, Annals of Behavioral Medicine http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12160-014-9664-1#

Schmalz D., Hallo JC, Griffin SF, Kusch M, Arce M. (2013) Development of a Healthy Parks Healthy People strategic action plan for Hot Springs National Park. Park Science 30 (2) pp. 37-43.

Katz J, Wandersman A, Goodman R Griffin SF, Wilson DK, Shilliac M. (2013) Updating the FORECAST formative evaluation approach and some implications for ameliorating theory failure, implementation failure, and evaluation failure. Evaluation and Program Planning. 39. Pp 42-50.

Hernandez-GarbonGarbonzo Y, Griffin SF, Cason K, Loberger G., Williams J, ., Baker S., Coffee A., Linton B, Hall T, Hayden V, (2013) A content analysis of nutrition education curricula used with low-income audiences: Implications for questionnaire development. Health Promotion Practice. 4(4) pp 534-542

Wilson DK, St George S, Trumpeter N, Coulon S, Griffin S. Wandersman A, Forthofor L, Gadson B, Brown P. (2013) Qualitative developmental research among lowing income African American adults to inform social marketing campaign for walking. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 10:33. http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/10/1/33

Mayo R, Sherrill W, Griffin SF, Parker VG, (2012) Content, Placement, and Acquisition of Cancer Education for Latino Patient Care: A Qualitative Study of Medical and Nursing Students. Journal of Cancer Education 27 (4) pp 618-624

Coulon SM, Wilson DK, Griffin S, St. George S, Kugler K, Trumpeter N, Wandersman A, Forthofer M, Robinson S, Gadson B. (2012) Formative Process Evaluation for Implementing a Social Marketing Intervention to Increase Walking in African Americans in the PATH Trial. American Journal of Public Health. 102(12) pp2315-2321

Condrasky M, Williams J, Catalalano PM, Griffin SF. (2011) Development of psychosocial scales for evaluating the impact of a culinary nutrition education program on cooking and healthy eating. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 43(6) pp511-516.

Williams, J., Kabukuru A., Mayo R., Griffin SF, (2011) Commentary: A social-ecological perspective on obesity among latinos. Ethnicity and Disease. 21 pp 467 – 472.

Wilson DK, Van Horn, L, Kitzaman-Ulreigh H, Saunders R, Pate R, Lawman HG, Hutto B, Griffin SF, Zarratte N, Addy C, Mansard L, Mixon G, Brown PV (2011) Results of the “Active by Choice Today” (ACT) Randomized trial for increasing physical activity in low-income and minority adolescents. Health Psychology 30(4) pp 463-471.

Griffin SF, Williams JE, Hickman P, Kirchner A, Spitler H. (2011) A university, community coalition and town partnership to promote walking. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 17(4) pp 293-295.

Estabrooks PA, Smith-Ray R, Dzewaltowski DA, Dowdy D, Lattimore D, Rheaume C, Ory MG, Bazzarre T, Griffin SF, Wilcox S. (2011) Sustainability of evidence-based community-based physical activity programs for older adults: lessons from Active for Life. Translational Behavioral Medicine

Lattimore D., Griffin SF, Wilcox S., Rheaume C., Dowdy D., Leviton L. (2010) Understanding the challenges encountered and adaptations made by community organizations in translation of evidence-based behavior change physical activity interventions: A qualitative study. American Journal of Health Promotion 24(6), 427-434. PMID: 20594099

Williams JE, Griffin SF, McCune A, Linke G. (2010). Using community-based programming to increase family social support for healthy eating among African American adolescents. Journal of Youth Development [serial online]. Available from: URL: http://nae4a.memberclicks.net/assets/documents/JYD_100503final.pdf.

Wilson DK, Trumpeter N, St George S, Coulon S, Griffin S, Van Horn L, Wandersman A, Egan B, Forthofor L, Lawman H, Goodlett B, Kitzman- Ulrich H. (2010) An overview of the Positive Active for Today’s Health (PATH) trail in underserved communities. Contemporary Clinical Trials 31(6) pp 624-633.

Condrasky M, Griffin SF, Catalano PM, Clark C. (2010) A formative evaluation of the cooking with the chef program. Journal of Extension 48(2). www.joe.org.

Williams JE, Agate ST, Cason KL, and Griffin SF. (2010) Predictors of Social Support for Healthy Nutrition Behaviors Among African American Adolescents. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues 15 (1) http://ncsu.edu/ffci/

Wilson DK, Griffin SF, Saunders R, Kitzman-Ulrich H, Meyers DC, Mansard L.(2009) Using process evaluation for program improvement in dose, fidelity and reach: The ACT trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/6/1/79

Griffin, SF, Williams, A, Brandt H, Glover, S. (2009) Participatory evaluation of community-based HPV and cervical cancer control and prevention efforts. The Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association 105 (7) pp: 309-317

Griffin SF, Wilcox S, Ory M, Lattimore D, Leviton L, Castro C, Carpenter RA, Rheaume C. Results from Active for Life process evaluation: Program Delivery and Fidelity (2010) Health Education Research 25(2) pp325-341

Wright M, Wilson D, Griffin SF, Evans A Qualitative Study of Parental Modeling and Social
Support for Physical Activity in Underserved Adolescents (2010) Health Education Research 25(2) pp: 224-232

Wilcox S, Dowda M, Leviton L, Bartlett-Presscott J, Bazzarre T, Campbell-Voytal K, Carpenter R, Castro C, Dowdy D, Dunn AL, Griffin SF, Guerra M, King AC, Ory MO, Rheaume C, Tobnick J, Wegley S. (2008) Active for Life: Final Results from the Translation of Two Physical Activity Programs. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 35(4) pp: 340-351

Griffin SF, Wilson DK, Wilcox S, Buck J, Ainsworth BE. (2008) Physical Activity Influences in a Disadvantaged African American Community and the Communities’ Proposed Solutions. Health Promotion Practice 9(2) pp: 180-190

Wilson D, Kitzman-Ulrich H, Williams J, Saunders R, Griffin S, Pate R, Van Horn L, Evans A, Sisson SB, Hutto B, Addy CL. (2008) An Overview of the Active by Choice Today (ACT) Trial for Increasing Physical Activity Contemporary Clinical Trials 29(1) pp 21-31