Sara Mijares StGeorge

Asst. Professor

Phone:
(305) 243-0726
Locator Code:
S122

 
About

Field of Interest: Obesity & Chronic Disease

Sara M. St. George, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating digital family-based pediatric obesity and chronic disease prevention interventions which target positive parenting practices and behavioral skill building to improve healthy lifestyle behaviors in ethnic minority youth, parents, and grandparents. Dr. St. George has developed the beginnings of an independent program of research funded by a National Institutes of Health diversity supplement, pre-doctoral fellowship, K01 early career investigator award, and most recently, a grant funded by the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The aims of her K01 grant are to develop and pilot test a family-based intervention that combines the web and smartphone technology (eHealth) for increasing physical activity, decreasing sedentary behavior, and improving quality dietary intake in Hispanic adolescents and their parents. Similarly, the aims of her V Foundation grant study are to develop and pilot test a multigenerational eHealth intervention that empowers female cancer survivors to lead their children and grandchildren in improving their lifestyle behaviors. She currently teaches Qualitative Research Methods and Obesity and Public Health in the Masters and Ph.D. programs within the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and also serves as an editorial board member for the journal Families, Systems, and Health.