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Cheryl L. Holt, PhD
Associate Professor
SPH 2369
cholt14@umd.edu
301.405.6659
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Education

Doctorate, Applied/Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology Concentration Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO, 1997-2001
Masters, General Psychology, East Tennessee University, Johnson City, Tennessee, 1995-1997
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, minor in Sociology (Cum Laude) State University of New York College at Brockport, Brockport,     New York, 1991-1995

Courses Taught

HLTH 230: Introduction to Health Behavior
HLTH 670: Public Health Informatics and Communication
HLTH 742: Professional Writing and Presentations

Research Focus

  • Health/cancer disparities
  • Cancer communication
  • Religiosity/spirituality and health among African Americans
  • Measures development, psychometrics

Selected Publications (within last 10 years)

Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., Williams, B., Clark, E.M., & Wang, M.Q. (2011). Social, religious, and spiritual capital and physical/emotional functioning in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Article first published online: 21 AUG 2011, DOI: 10.1002/casp.1116.

Roth, D.L., Mwase, I., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Lukwago, S., & Kreuter, M.W. (2011). Religious involvement measurement model in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Religion and Health, March 17, Epub ahead of print.

Pirutinsky,S., Rosmarin, D.H., Holt, C.L., Feldman, R.H., Caplan, L.S., Midlarsky, E., & Pargament, K.I. (2011). Does social support mediate the moderating effect of intrinsic religiosity on the relationship between physical health and depressive symptoms among Jews? Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print].

Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., Caplan, L., Blake, V., Southward, V.L., & Buckner, A.V. (2011). Assessing the role of spirituality in coping among African Americans diagnosed with cancer. Journal of Religion and Health, Jan 19. [Epub ahead ofprint].

Holt, C.L., Wang, M.Q., Caplan, L., Schulz, E., Blake, V., & Southward, V.L. (2011). Role of religious involvement and spirituality in functioning among African Americans with cancer: Testing a mediational model. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Jan 11. [Epub ahead of print].

Holt, C.L., Oster, R.A., Clay, K.S., Urmie, J., & Fouad, M. (2011). Religiosity and physical and emotional functioning among African American and White colorectal and lung cancer patients. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 29, 372-393.

Holt, C.L., Shipp, M., Eloubeidi, M., Fouad, M., Britt, K., & Norena, M. (2011). Your body is the temple: Impact of a spiritually-based colorectal cancer educational intervention delivered through community health advisors. Health Promotion Practice, 12, 577-588.

Debnam, K., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D.L., & Southward, P. (2011). Relationship between religious social support and general social support with health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10865-011-9338-4.

Houston, T., Allison, J., Sussman, M., Horn, W., Holt, C.L., Trobaugh, J., Salas, M., Pisu, M., Cuffee, Y., Larkin, D., & Person, S. (2011). Stories to improve blood pressure: Findings from a culturally sensitive randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 154, 77-84.

Fouad, M. N., Partridge, E., Dignan, M., Holt, C., Johnson, R., Nagy, C., Person, S., Wynn, T., & Scarinci, I. (2010). Targeted intervention strategies to increase and maintain mammography utilization among African American women. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 2526-2531.

Ashton, C., Holt, C.L., & Wray, N. P. (2010). A patient self-assessment tool to measure communication behaviors during doctor visits about hypertension. Patient Education and Counseling, 81, 275-314.

Gillum, R.F., & Holt, C.L. (2010). Religious involvement and seroprevalence of six infectious diseases in US adults. Southern Medical Journal, 103, 403-408.

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D., Crowther, M., Kohler, C., Fouad, M., Foushee, R., Lee, P.A., & Southward, P.L. (2010). Development and validation of an instrument to assess perceived social influence on health behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 1225-1235.

Gillum, F., & Holt, C. L. (2010). Associations between religious involvement and behavioral risk factors for HIV/AIDS in American women and men in a national health survey. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 284-293.

Holt, C.L., Wynn, T.A., Debnam, K., Litaker, M.S., Jeames, S., Schoenberger, Y.M., Southward, P., & Simons, V. (2010). Cancer awareness in alternative settings: Lessons learned and evaluation of the Barbershop Men's Health project. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 4, 100-111.

Holt, C.L., Wynn, T.A., Southward, P., Litaker, M.S., Jeames, S., & Schulz, E. (2009). A comparison of a spiritually-based and a non-spiritually based educational intervention for informed decision making for prostate cancer screening among church-attending African American men. Urologic Nursing, 29, 249-258.

Holt, C.L., Wynn, T.A., Southward, P., Litaker, M.S., Jeames, S., & Schulz, E. (2009). Development of a spiritually-based educational intervention to increase informed decision making for prostate cancer screening among church-attending African American men. ^Journal of Health Communication, 14, 590-604.

Holt, C.L., Roberts, C., Scarinci, I.C., Wiley, S.R., Eloubeidi, M., Crowther, M., Bolland, J., Litaker, M.S., Southward, V., & Coughlin, S.S. (2009). Development of a spiritually-based educational program to increase colorectal cancer screening among African American men and women. Health Communication, 24, 400-412.

Holt, C.L., Wynn, T.A., Lewis, I., Litaker, M., Jeames, S., Huckaby, F., Schoenberger, Y.M., Southward, P., & Simons, V. (2009). Barbershop Men's Health Project: Development of a barbershop-based intervention to increase informed decision making for prostate and colorectal cancer screening among African American men. Health Education, 109, 213-225.

Holt, C.L., Shipp, M., Eloubeidi, M., Clay, K., Smith-Janas, M.A., Janas, M.J., Britt, K., Norena, M., & Fouad, M.N. (2009). Use of focus group data to develop recommendations for demographically-segmented colorectal cancer educational strategies. Health Education Research, 24, 876-889.

Holt, C.L., Caplan, L., Schulz, E., Blake, V., Southward, V.L., & Buckner, A.V. (2009). Development and validation of measures of religious involvement and the cancer experience among African Americans. ^Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 525-535.

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D.L., Crowther, M., Kohler, C., Fouad, M., Foushee, R., Lee, P.A., & Southward, P.L. (2009). Development and validation of instruments to assess potential religion-health mechanisms in an African American population. Journal of Black Psychology, 35, 271-288.

Holt, C.L., Caplan, L., Schulz, E., Blake, V., Southward, P., Buckner, A., & Lawrence, H. (2009). Role of religion in cancer coping among African Americans: A qualitative examination. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 27, 248-273.

Nichols, C., Holt, C.L., Shipp, M., Eloubeidi, M., Fouad, M.N., Britt, K., & Norena, M. (2009). Physician knowledge, perceptions of barriers, and self-reported patient screening practices for colorectal cancer: A mixed-methods examination. American Journal of Medical Quality, 24, 116-122.

Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., & Wynn, T.A. (2009). Perceptions of the religion-health connection among African Americans in the Southeastern United States: Sex, age, and urban/rural differences. Health Education and Behavior, 36, 62-80.

Tseng, T.S., Holt, C.L., Shipp, M., Eloubeidi, M., Britt, K., Norena, M., & Fouad, M.N. (2009). Predictors of Colorectal Cancer Knowledge and Screening among Church-Attending African Americans and White in the Deep South. Journal of Community Health, 34, 90-97.

Holt, C.L., Wynn, T.A., & Darrington, J. (2009). Religious involvement and prostate cancer screening behaviors among Southeastern African American men. American Journal of Men's Health, 3, 214-223.

Schulz, E., Holt, C.L., Caplan, L., Blake, V., Southward, P., Buckner, A., & Lawrence, H. (2008). Role of spirituality in cancer coping among African Americans: A qualitative examination. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2, 104-115.

Houser, G.H., Holt, C.L., Clancy, J.P., Gutierrez, H.H., Young, K.R., Leon, K., Rowe, S.M., Gaggar A., & Robin, N.H. (2008). Genetic and reproductive knowledge among adolescents and adults with CF. Chest, 133, 1533.

Holt, C.L., Lee, C., & Wright, K. (2008). A spiritually-based approach to breast cancer awareness: Cognitive response analysis of communication outcomes. Health Communication, 23, 13-22.

Chen, M.J., Holt, C.L., Lose, E.J., & Robin, N. (2008). The use by Alabama pediatricians of genetics consultation in the evaluation of developmental delay. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A, 146A, 421-425.

Nagy, M.C., Johnson, R.E., Vanderpool, R.C., Fouad, M.N., Dignan, M., Wynn, T.A., Partridge, E.E., Scarinci, I., Holt, C.L., & Person, S.P. (2007). Process evaluation in action: Lessons learned from Alabama REACH 2010. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 2, 63-77.

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., & Klem, P.R. (2007). Expansion and validation of the spiritual health locus of control scale: Factorial analysis and predictive validity. Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 597-612.

Kreuter, M.W., Black, W.J., Friend, L., Booker, A.C., Klump, P., Bobra, S., & Holt, C.L., (2006). Use of computer kiosks for breast cancer education in five community settings. Health Education and Behavior, 33, 625-642.

Fouad, M.N., Partridge, E., Dignan, M., Holt, C.L., Johnson, R., Nagy, C., Parham, G., Person, S., Scarinci, I., & Wynn, T. (2006). A Community-driven action plan to eliminate breast and cervical cancer disparity: Successes and limitations. Journal of Cancer Education, 21(Suppl.), S91-S100.

Wynn, T., Johnson, R., Fouad, M., Holt, C.L., Scarinci, I., Nagy, C. (2006). Addressing disparities through coalition building: Alabama REACH 2010 lessons learned. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 17(2 suppl), S55-S77.

Holt, C.L., McClure, S. (2006). Perceptions of the religion-health connection among African American church members. Qualitative Health Research, 16, 268-281.

Holt, C.L., Haire-Joshu, D.L., Lukwago, S.N., Lewellyn, L.A., & Kreuter, M.W. (2005). The role of religiosity in dietary beliefs and behaviors among urban African American women. Cancer Control, Cancer Culture and Literacy Supplement, 12, 84-90.

Holt, C.L., Lewellyn, L.A., & Rathweg, M.J. (2005). Exploring religion-health mechanisms among African American parishioners. ^Journal of Health Psychology, 10(4), 511-527.

Kreuter, M.W., Skinner, C.S., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Haire-Joshu, D., Fu, Q.J., Steger-May, K., Booker, A.C., & Bucholtz, D.C. (2005). Cultural tailoring for mammography and fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income African American women in urban public health centers. Preventive Medicine, 41, 53-62.

Haughton, L.T., Kreuter, M.W., Hall, J., Holt, C.L., & Wheetley, E. (2005). Digital divide and stability of access in African American women visiting urban public health centers. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 16, 362-374.

Kreuter M.W., Holt C.L., & Skinner C.S. (2004). Response to Meisner et al: Awareness of mammography controversy among lower income African-American women in urban public health centers. Journal of Women's Health, 13, 121-122.

Haire-Joshu, D., Kreuter, M.W., Holt, C.L., & Steger-May, K. (2004). Estimates of fruit and vegetable intake in childhood and adult dietary behaviors of African American women. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 36, 309-314.

Holt, C.L., Kyles, A., Wiehagen, T., & Casey, C.M. (2003). Development of a spiritually-based breast cancer educational booklet for African American women. Cancer Control, 10, 37-44.

Kreuter, M.W., Steger-May, K., Bobra, S., Booker, A., Holt, C.L., Skinner, C.S., & Lukwago, S.N. (2003). Socio-cultural characteristics and responses to cancer education materials among African American women. Cancer Control, 10, 69-80.

Kreuter, M.W., Skinner, C.S., Steger-May, K., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Bucholtz, D.C., & Haire-Joshu, D. (2004). Responses to behaviorally vs. culturally tailored cancer communication among African American women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 28, 195-207.

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Kreuter, M.W., & Rubio, D.M. (2003). Spiritual health locus of control and breast cancer beliefs among urban African American women. Health Psychology, 22, 294-299.

Holt, C.L., Lukwago, S.N., & Kreuter, M.W. (2003). Spirituality, breast cancer beliefs, and mammography utilization among African American women. Journal of Health Psychology, 8, 383-396.

Skinner, C.S., Buchanan, A., Kreuter, M.W., Holt, C.L., Bucholtz, D.C., & Strigo, T. (2003). Adapting tailored intervention message libraries for new populations and settings: Why, when, and how? Health Education, 103, 221-229.

Lukwago, S.N., Kreuter, M.W., Holt, C.L., Steger-May, K., Bucholtz, D.C., & Skinner, C.S. (2003). Sociocultural correlates of breast cancer knowledge and screening in urban African-American women. American Journal of Public Health, 93, 1271-1274.

Kreuter, M.W., & Holt, C.L. (2001). How do people process health information? Applications in an age of individualized communication. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 10, 206-209.

Bull, F.C., Holt, C.L., Kreuter, M.W., Clark, E.M., & Scharff, D.P. (2001). Understanding the effects of printed health education materials: Which features lead to which outcomes? ^Journal of Health Communication, 6, 265-279.

Lukwago, S.L., Kreuter, M.W., Bucholtz, D.C., Holt, C.L., & Clark, E.M. (2001). Development and validation of brief scales to measure collectivism, religiosity, racial pride, and time orientation in urban African American women. Family and Community Health, 24, 63-71.

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., & Kreuter, M.W. (2001). Weight locus of control and weight-related attitudes and behaviors in an overweight population. Addictive Behaviors, 26 (3), 329-340.

Recent Grants (within last 7 years)

National Cancer Institute (NIH), Longitudinal study of religion and cancer-related behaviors in Black Americans, Principal Investigator

National Cancer Institute (NIH), Message framing and HPV vaccination acceptance among African American, Investigator (Mentor)

National Cancer Institute (NIH), African Americans and Colorectal Cancer: A Multilevel Model to Assess Factors for Screening, Research Mentor

American Cancer Society, Behavioral and emotional impact of BRCA testing in African Americans (BENITA), Consultant

National Cancer Institute (NIH), Implementation of evidence-based cancer early detection in Black churches, Principal Investigator

American Cancer Society, Prostate cancer education in African American churches, Principal Investigator

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH), The effect of racial and ethnic discrimination/bias on health care delivery, Investigator

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reasons for low follow-up in Black colorectal cancer patients, Investigator (Former PI)

National Cancer Institute (NIH), Religion and cancer-related behaviors in Black Americans, Principal Investigator

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast cancer screening among underserved Brazilian women: Development of a theory-based, culturally-relevant assessment and intervention, Consultant

Veterans Administration Health Services Research and Development, Primary care quality and service customization for the homeless, Investigator

UAB MHRC/RCMAR Health Disparities Research Award, Religious involvement and cancer coping in older African Americans and Whites, Consultant

Duke University, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Religion-health mechanisms among African American men and women, Principal Investigator

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SIP 5: Use of a community-based intervention to increase utilization of colorectal cancer screening among African American women and men in urban areas, Investigator (former PI)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Culturally sensitive intervention (CSI): Birmingham finding answers: disparities research for change, Investigator

National Center for Minority Health and Disparities (NIH), Comprehensive minority and health disparities research center (MHDRC), Investigator

Charles Barkley Health Disparities Fund; Minority Health and Research Center, A pilot study of social support and hospital use for heart failure, Investigator

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, REACH US Mid-South center of excellence in the elimination of disparities (Mid-South CEED), Investigator

MSM/TU/UABCCC Partnership Project, Spirituality, religiosity, and cancer coping among Blacks, Principal Investigator

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SIP 4: A Community-based health promotion program using barbers as peer educators to convey cancer early detection information, Principal Investigator

Career Highlights

  • Dr. Holt's health disparities research involves community-based health communication studies, and the role of cultural factors in health cognitions and behaviors.
  • The research program has generated over $11.5 million in extramural support as Principal Investigator, from sources such as the NIH, CDC, and ACS.
  • The program has resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed publications, most including student co-authors.
  • Dr. Holt will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior in March, 2012.

 

 
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