Contact Information

Preventive Medicine and Biometrics: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Building A, Room 2063
Phone: (301) 295-1585
FAX: (301) 295-0335

Shalanda A. Bynum

Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences


  • 2003 BS, Psychology, Florida A&M University
  • 2005 MS, Economic, Social, and Administrative Pharmacy, Florida A&M University
  • 2007 MPH, Health, Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina
  • 2009 PhD, Health, Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina


Dr Bynum is a sociobehavioral researcher with academic training in public health education and promotion. Her academic training focused on understanding the avenues through which policy, environmental, institutional, and individual factors influence health. Dr Bynum completed a National Cancer Institute (NCI) -funded postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in 2011. Thereafter, she joined USUHS as an assistant professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research program focuses on cancer prevention and control, sexually transmitted infection prevention, and racial/ethnic health disparities. This program involves use of innovative communication approaches to reduce the discovery-delivery disconnect, community-based participatory research strategies and mixed-methodology approaches to gain a richer understanding of community problems and solutions, incorporation of culturally relevant behavioral theory, and recognizing and addressing the social determinants of health.


  • The Behavioral and Social Sciences Applied to Public Health (PMO 530)

Areas of Expertise

  • Cancer prevention and control / HPV-associated cancers
  • Health disparities / Health equity
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Mixed-methods (qualitative + quantitative) research
  • STI/HIV prevention and control
  • Health and Cancer communication

Selected Recent Publications

Bynum SA, Wright MS, Brandt HM, Burgis JT, Bacon J. (2009). Knowledge, Beliefs, and Attitudes Related to Human Papillomavirus Infection and Vaccination, Pap Tests, and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia among Adolescent Girls and Young Women. Journal of the South Carolina Medicinal Association, 105(7).

Bynum SA, Brandt HM, Friedman D, Annang L, Tanner A. (2011). Knowledge, Beliefs, and Behaviors: Examining HPV-Related Gender Differences among African American College Students. Journal American College Health, 59(4).

Bynum SA, Brandt HM, Sharpe PA, Williams MS, Kerr JC. (2011). Working to Close the Gap: Identifying Predictors of HPV Vaccine Uptake among African American College Women. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22(2).

Bynum SA, Malo T, Lee JH, Guiliano A, Vadaparampil ST. (2011). Government, Media, or Colleagues: Where Are Physicians Getting Their Information About HPV Vaccines? Vaccine, 29(32).

Luque JS, Martinez-Tyson D, Bynum SA, Noel-Thomas S, Gwede CK, Vadaparampil ST, Meade CD. (2011). Social Network Analysis Outcomes for a Cancer Disparities Community Network Partnership. Annals of Anthropology Practice, 35(2).

Bynum SA, Brandt HM, Annang L, Friedman D, Tanner A. (2012). Do Health Beliefs, Health Care System Distrust, and Racial Pride Influence HPV Vaccine Acceptability among African American College Females? Journal of Health Psychology. 17(2).

Luque JS, Quinn GP, Montel-Ishino FA, Arevalo M, Bynum SA, Noel-Thomas S, Wells KJ, Gwede CK, Meade CD; Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network Partners. (2012). Formative Research on Perceptions of Biobanking: What Community Members Think. Journal of Cancer Education, 27(1).

Bynum SA, Davis JL, Green BL, Katz, RV. (2012). Unwillingness to Participate in Colorectal Cancer Screening: Examining Fears, Attitudes, and Medical Mistrust in an Ethnically Diverse Sample of Adults 50 Years and Older. American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(5).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • American Public Health Association, Health Communications Subcommittee