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Sharon Devine, J.D., Ph.D.


Research Assistant Professor

Email: Sharon Devine
Office Location: 1027 9th Street, Room 202
Phone:  (303) 556-6797
Fax: (303) 556-8501
Office hours: By appointment​

Areas of Expertise: 
Research ethics, public health evaluation 

Ph.D., Health & Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Denver, 2009

M.A., Anthropology, University of Colorado Denver, 2005  

J.D., Law, Boston University School of Law, 1975 

B.S., Linguistics, Georgetown University, 1970 ​

Dr. Sharon Devine focuses on research ethics and evaluation of public health projects in her work.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Exempt/Expedited Panel and Chair of the Social and Behavioral Panel for the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) and works as an evaluator for various public health projects.  Her current evaluation project topics include training professionals engaged in clinical and behavioral interventions around HIV and STDs (funded by the Center for Disease Control), facilitating integration of family planning into STD clinics (funded by the Office of Population Affairs), and reducing teen pregnancy (funded by the Office of Adolescent Health).

In addition to holding a J.D. in law, Dr. Devine received her Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver in 2009, for which she conducted research on the epidemiological paradox for birth outcomes among Colorado women of Mexican origin.

​Devine, S, Bull, S, Dreisbach, S, Shlay, J.  Enhancing a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program with Text Messaging: Engaging Minority Youth to Develop TOP Plus Text®.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 2014. 54(3S):S78-83. 

Shlay, J, McEwen, D, Bell, D, Maravi, M, Rinehart, D, Fang, H, Devine, S, Mickiewicz, T, Dreisbach, S.  Integration of Family Planning Services into an STD Clinic Setting.  Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2013. 40:8, 669-674.

Dreisbach, S, Devine, S, Fitch, J, Anderson, T, Lee, T, Rietmeijer, C, Corbett, KK. Can Experiential-Didactic Training Improve Clinical STD practices? Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2011. 38(6): 516-21.

​ANTH 2101: Culture and the Human Experience

ANTH 3121: Language and Communication

ANTH 4000/5000 Special Topics:  Social Justice and Anthropology

PBHL 3030: Health Policy

PBHL 3031: Health, Human Biology and Behavior

HBSC 7401: Research Design in the Health and Behavioral Sciences