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Sheana Bull, MPH, PhD


Professor Sheana Bull, PhD
Courses Taught:
  •  CBHS 6611: Foundations of Health Behavior

Research Interests:

  • mHealth & Digital Health 
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Adolescent Health

Current Research Projects:
  • Evaluation of automated text messaging to support medication refill reminders: The Nudge Study (grant supported by National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

  • Evaluation of an enhanced mobile application to support rehabilitation for cardiac patients (grant supported by National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

  • Promoting healthy pregnancy among American Indian/Alaska Native Health (grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health)


  • University of California Davis, BA, International Relations, 1987
  • Tulane University School of Public Health, MPH, Population Studies, 1992
  • Georgia State University, PhD, Sociology, 1997


  •  Daly, K., Bull, S., Thomas, D. 2020. Health Worker Acceptability of an mHealth Platform to Facilitate and Document Delivery of Option B/B+ Protocol for the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Tanzania. Digital Health. In Press.
  • Portz, J.D., Ford, K., Elsbernd, K., Plys, E., Bekelman, D.B., Boxer, R.S., Bull, S.  Elements of Family, Social Relationships, and Caregiving in Palliative Care mHealth: A Scoping Review. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. In press.
  • Ford, K.*, Dunn, T., Crawford, K., Neuwirth, J., Albritton, T., Bull, S. 2019. A Paid Advertising Approach to Youth Study Recruitment using Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. Journal of Medical Internet Research. In Press.
  • Domek, G., Contreras, I., O’Leary, S., Bull, S., Furniss, A., Kempe, A., Asturias, E. 2019. Text message reminders to improve infant vaccination coverage in Guatemala: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Vaccine. 34(21):2437-2443.
  •  Ford, K.*, Portz, J., Moore, S., Shuo, Z., Xiang, X., Zane, R., Wiler,  J.  Gore, M., Bull, S. 2019. Advancing evidence-based digital health through an innovative research environment:  An academic-industry partnership case report. mHealth. doi: 10.21037/mhealth.2019.08.08
  • Gamboa, J.,* Bull, S., Lamb, M., De La Cruz, P., Olsen, D. 2019. Using Social Media to increase preventive behaviors against arboviral diseases: A pilot study among teens in the Dominican Republic. mHealth. 27;5:30.
  • Bull, S. Ybarra, M., Prescott, T., Mustanski, B., Parsons, J. 2019. Feasibility, acceptability, and process indicators for Guy2Guy, an mHealth HIV prevention program for sexual minority adolescent boys. Journal of Adolescent Health. 65(3):417-22.
  • Portz, J., Bayliss, E., Bull, S., Boxer, R., Beckleman, D., Gleason, K., Czaja, S. Intent to use and use-experience of a patient portal among older adults with multiple chronic conditions: A qualitative study. 2019. JMIR. 21(4) e11604.doi: 10.2196/preprints.11604
  • Portz, J. D., Fruhauf, C., Bull, S., Boxer, R. S., Bekelman, D. B., Casillas, A., Gleason, K., Bayliss, E. A. (2019). “Call a Teenager… That’s What I Do!” - Grandchildren Help Older Adults Use New Technologies: Qualitative Study. JMIR Aging, 2(1), e13713. DOI: 10.2196/13713
  • Thomas, D., Nyanza, E., Hampanda, K., Liedtke, M., Ngallaba, S.E., Bull, S. 2019. An mHealth pilot designed to increase the reach of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) across the treatment cascade in a resource-constrained setting in Tanzania. PLOS One. 14(2):e0212305.
  • Gore, M. Krantz, M., Albright, K., Beaty, B., Coronel-Mackler, S., Bull, S. Estacio, R. 2019. A controlled trial of mobile short message service among participants in a rural cardiovascular disease prevention program. Preventive Medicine Reports. 13:126-131.

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