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Mary Shaw, PhD, M.Ed, MCHES®

Department Chair and Professor

Concentration: Behavioral Health Promotion and Education


Office Phone: 601-979-3103


Institution and Location Degree  MM/YY Field of Study
University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles, CA B.S. 08/1975 Biological Sciences
Univesity of Maryland College Park, MD M.Ed 08/1980 Science Education-Biology
Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX PhD 12/1995 Health Studies
St. Louis University School of Public Health Leadership Institute Cycle III Fellow 05/2001 Public Health Leadership

Research /Professional Interests:

Minority Health and Health Disparities

Public Health Leadership

Cancer Prevention & Control

Women and Family Health; Parents as Early Interventionists


Recognition and Honors:

2010 Health Disparities Scholar, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), Inaugural Translational Health Disparities Course, NIH, September 20-October 1, 2010, Bethesda, MD.


Selected Peer-reviewed Publications (♦Denotes co-authorship with students)

♦Gabbidon, K. & Shaw-Ridley, M. (2018). “Sex is a sin”: Afro-Caribbean parent and teen perspectives on sex conversations. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

♦Gabbidon, K. & Shaw-Ridley, M. (2017). The relationship between culture and parent-teen sexuality conversations in Black families: Implications for health promotion. California Journal of Health Promotion, 15(2), 13-26.

♦Baig, K., Shaw-Ridley, M., & Munoz, O. (2016). Applying Geo-spatial analysis in community needs assessment: Implications for planning and prioritizing based on data. Evaluation and Program Planning, 58, 42-48. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.05.007.

Vasquez, L., Shaw-Ridley, M. & Baig, K. (2016). The intersection of place, working parents, and food assistance: Implications for preventing child and adolescent obesity. California Journal of Health Promotion, 14(2), 22-34.

Woods, L., Shaw-Ridley, M., Woods, C. (2014). Can health equity co-exist with housing inequalities? A contemporary issue in historical context. Health Promotion Practice, 15(4), 476-482. doi: 10.1177/1524839914533568

♦ Grande, S., Sherman, L., Shaw-Ridley, M. (2013) A brotherhood perspective: How African-American male relationships may improve trust and utilization of health care. American Journal of Men’s Health (AJMH),7(6), 494-503. doi:10.1177/1557988313485783  PMID 23620540

Campbell-Page, RM. & Shaw-Ridley, M. (2013). Managing ethical dilemmas in community-based participatory research with vulnerable populations. Health Promotion Practice,

14(4), 485-490. doi: 10.1177/1524839913482924      PMID: 23632080

Shaw-Ridley, M.  & Ridley, C.R. (2010) The health disparities industry: Is it an ethical conundrum? Health Promotion Practice, 11(4), 454-464.


Research Support/Grants

Shaw, M. & McKinney, S. (2016). Cultivating Breast Health Behaviors in Interfaith Settings: A Broward County Sisterhood Network. University of Miami, Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity/Community Grant. Role: PI ($5,000 for 1 year)

Beck-Sague, C. Howard, M. & Shaw, M. (2015). Mothers and Children First Fresh Ideas and Resources for Scholar Training. Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA). (350,000 over 5 years). Role: Co-Investigator.

Ford, K. & Shaw, M. (2014). Spirituality & Health: Interfaith Dialogues. University of Texas @ Austin, Office of VP for Research. ($6,000) Role: Consultant

Shaw, M. & Treviño, R. (2013). Enhancing K-8 obesity prevention & wellness through instructional technology: A Bienestar/NEEMA program (Social & Health Research Center. CarMax Foundation. ($5,000) Role: PI

Shaw, M., Ford, K., & Coggin, C. (2011). More than a picnic: It’s a family affair for lifestyle change. Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). ($539,227 over 2 years) Role: PI

Shaw, M., Ridley, C.& Salerno, K. (2010). Family crisis coping, mood, and

decision making among African-American breast cancer patients. 2010 Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities, Texas A&M University, Office of Research. ($10,000). Role: PI

Shaw-Ridley, M. & Ridley, C. (2008) Health disparities academy: Developing scientist-practitioners for careers in public health, mental health, and allied health. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board/Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program. Education Pipeline Grants. ($293,247). Role: PI

McLeroy, K. & Shaw-Ridley, M. (2007) Program for rural and minority health research. A collaboration between the Center for the Study of Health Disparities @ Texas A&M University and the Center for Community Development @ Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health. NIH/NCMHD, Centers for Excellence in Minority Health. (P20 PI: Ken McLeroy) $6.8 million over 5 years). Role: Program Director.


Selected Service: Academic/Campus-based

Jackson State University (July 2017 – Present)

Member, Graduate Council  (December 2017 – Present)

Member, School of Public Health/CEPH Self-Study Steering Committee (August 2017 – Present)


Prior Academic Appointment Service* (See full CV)


Chair, Membership Committee, Society for Public Health Education (April 2016 – Present)

Co-Chair Program, 2017 Annual Meeting – Society for Public Health Education (Appointment by 2017 Annual Meeting Trustee – Term April 2016 – April 2017)

Trustee, Membership & Leadership – Society for Public Health Education (Elected Term,

April 2014 – April 2016)

Associate Editor, HimPower Magazine (Effective January 2018)

Associate Editor, Ethics Department (January 2009 – December 2014). Health Promotion Practice: A Journal of Health Promotion/Health Education Application, Policy and Professional Issues. Official publication of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

Reviewer, Health Promotion Practice Journal (Society for Public Health Education),

1999 – Present

Reviewer, Health Education & Behavior (Society for Public Health Education), 2003 – Present

Reviewer, American Journal of Men’s Health (2013 – Present)

Reviewer, Pedagogy in Health Promotion (2016 – Present)


Program Development Research Consultant, Social & Health Research Center. San Antonio, TX, May 2011 – Present

Senior Consultant, Advisory Board, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)

Developing Skills in Health Literacy (Grades 6-9), Colorado Springs, CO

Funded by NIH SEPA Program (5 year grant), May 2016 – Present

Dr. Mary Shaw CV