Laura Santurri, PhD, MPH, CPH
Title: Assistant Professor of Health Promotion
Office: Swenson Building, 302J
PhD - Health Education and Promotion (2012)
Kent State University
MPH - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2007)
Case Western Reserve University
BA - Interdisciplinary Anthropology (2003)
University of Akron
When I’m not working in my office in the Swenson Building, you can generally find me with my four rescued dogs at my home in Farr West (nope, not a typo – I actually have a pack of dogs for a family). My greatest personal joy comes from spending time with my family (four legs and two!), and I’m a proud “dog geek.” My favorite pastimes include going to the movies and trying new restaurants, playing with my dogs, volunteering with a variety of nonprofit organizations, and, when it’s quiet, taking the time to read for fun.
- HLTH 1030 - Healthy Lifestyles (online & face-to-face)
- HLTH 4013 - Health Promotion Research and Assessment (online & face-to-face)
- HLTH 4150 - Needs Assessment and Planning Health Promotion Programs (online & face-to-face)
- HLTH 4860 - Field Experience
There is nothing that I enjoy professionally more than being in the classroom. I see my role as a facilitator of learning, and I believe that the best learning occurs through dialogue, and, the application of concepts through hands-on activities. I also value the many perspectives found in the classroom. When it comes to the evaluation of my success as a teacher, I look at both what students have learned from me, and, what I have learned from my students.
My research interests revolve around the use of mixed methodological study designs in both community needs assessment and program evaluation. Content areas of interest include the management of chronic disease (especially those not well understood by the medical community) and the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
In addition to my research interests, I am a strong proponent of the role of advocacy in social change. It is simply not enough to come to the table – as public health professionals we must also be willing to engage in meaningful dialogue (not just debate) around the issues about which we care. Advocacy is also not simply about the actions of an individual – as a collective we can indeed, “be the change we wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi).
Recent Publications & Presentations
Santurri, L., Benedict, C., Ott, K., Santurri, D., Andrews, A., & Biddle, M. "Do you see what I see? A photovoice assessment of LGBT student life at Weber State University." American Public Health Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana 11/14.
Santurri, L., Symons, C.W., Ding, K., Gordon, B., Sehgal, A., & Buffington, C.A.T. “Effects of stress and self-efficacy on health-related quality of life among women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.” American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Boston, Massachusetts 11/13.
Santurri, L., & Ninnemann, K. “An exploration of perceptions of social support among women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.” American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Boston, Massachusetts 11/13.
Kerr, D., Santurri, L., & Peters, P. (2013). A comparison of lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual college undergraduate women on selected mental health issues. Journal of American College Health, 61(4), 185-194.
Santurri, L., Knight, K., & Heilbron, P. “Impact and outcomes associated with an innovative fellowship for youth linked professionals: A mixed methods evaluation.” American Public Health Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, California 10/12.
Santurri, L. & Olds, R.S. “The impact of social support on quality of life in women living with interstitial cystitis.” Public Health Combined Conference, Ohio Public Health Association. Columbus, Ohio 5/10.
Santurri, L., Buffington, C.A.T., Flocke, S., & Frank, S. “An evaluation of the chronic disease self-management program in people living with IC and CFIDS.” Public Health Combined Conference, Ohio Public Health Association. Columbus, Ohio 5/08.