Obesity Research Working Group
Dr. Cunningham's research focuses on the fundamental determinants of health disparities and the development, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable intervention strategies that address them. She is an expert in the field of sexual and reproductive health and has extensive experience in the use of mixed methods research design, program and policy development and evaluation, working in multi-disciplinary teams, and collaborating with individuals from government, the private-sector, community-based organizations, and academic institutions.
Extensive Research Description
Dr. Cunningham is currently a co-investigator on a United Health Foundation-sponsored initiative to develop and implement an innovative group prenatal care model and assess its impact on perinatal outcomes and healthcare costs.She is also leading a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded project aimed at describing patterns and identifying multi-level factors that impact variation in utilization and costs of maternity services for a nationwide sample claims data on privately-insured women held by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).
Prenatal Depressive Symptoms and Postpartum Sexual Risk Among Young Urban Women of Color
Cunningham SD, Smith A, Kershaw T, Lewis JB, Cassells A, Tobin JN, Ickovics JR. Prenatal Depressive Symptoms and Postpartum Sexual Risk Among Young Urban Women of Color. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology 2015 [Epub ahead of print].
Realities of replication: Implementation of evidence-based interventions for HIV prevention in real-world settings
Cunningham SD, Card JJ. Realities of replication: Implementation of evidence-based interventions for HIV prevention in real-world settings. Implementation Science 2014;9:5.
The role of structure versus individual agency in churches’ responses to HIV/AIDS: A case study of Baltimore City churches
Cunningham SD, Kerrigan DL, McNeely CA, Ellen JM. The role of structure versus individual agency in churches’ responses to HIV/AIDS: A case study of Baltimore City churches. Journal of Religion and Health 2011;50(2):407-21.
elationships between perceived STD-related stigma, STD-related shame, and STD screening among a household sample of adolescents
Cunningham SD, Kerrigan DL, Jennings JM, Ellen JM. Relationships between perceived STD-related stigma, STD-related shame, and STD screening among a household sample of adolescents. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2009;41(4):225-230.
Using geographic information systems for HIV prevention intervention planning for high-risk youth
Geanuracos C, Cunningham SD, Weiss G, Forte D, Henry Reid LM, Ellen JM. Using geographic information systems for HIV prevention intervention planning for high-risk youth. American Journal of Public Health 2007;97(11)1974-81.
Evaluation of the relationship between state and national policy and implementation of perinatal HIV prevention interventions
Sarnquist CC, Cunningham SD, Sullivan B, Maldonado Y. Evaluation of the relationship between state and national policy and implementation of perinatal HIV prevention interventions. American Journal of Public Health 2007;97(6):1041-1046.
Full List of PubMed Publications
- Felder JN, Epel E, Lewis JB, Cunningham SD, Tobin JN, Rising SS, Thomas M, Ickovics JR: Depressive symptoms and gestational length among pregnant adolescents: Cluster randomized control trial of CenteringPregnancy® plus group prenatal care. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2017 Jun; 2017 Mar 13. PMID: 28287802
- Cunningham SD, Lewis JB, Thomas JL, Grilo SA, Ickovics JR: Expect With Me: development and evaluation design for an innovative model of group prenatal care to improve perinatal outcomes. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 May 18; 2017 May 18. PMID: 28521785
- Cunningham SD, Magriples U, Thomas JL, Kozhimannil KB, Herrera C, Barrette E, Shebl FM, Ickovics JR: Association Between Maternal Comorbidities and Emergency Department Use Among a National Sample of Commercially Insured Pregnant Women. Acad Emerg Med. 2017 May 4; 2017 May 4. PMID: 28471532
- Cunningham SD, Herrera C, Udo IE, Kozhimannil KB, Barrette E, Magriples U, Ickovics JR: Maternal Medical Complexity: Impact on Prenatal Health Care Spending among Women at Low Risk for Cesarean Section. Womens Health Issues. 2017 Apr 15; 2017 Apr 15. PMID: 28420558
- Cunningham SD, Grilo S, Lewis JB, Novick G, Rising SS, Tobin JN, Ickovics JR: Group Prenatal Care Attendance: Determinants and Relationship with Care Satisfaction. Matern Child Health J. 2017 Apr. PMID: 27485493
- Ickovics JR, Earnshaw V, Lewis JB, Kershaw TS, Magriples U, Stasko E, Rising SS, Cassells A, Cunningham S, Bernstein P, Tobin JN: Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of Group Prenatal Care: Perinatal Outcomes Among Adolescents in New York City Health Centers. Am J Public Health. 2016 Feb; 2015 Dec 21. PMID: 26691105
- Earnshaw VA, Rosenthal L, Cunningham SD, Kershaw T, Lewis J, Rising SS, Stasko E, Tobin J, Ickovics JR: Exploring Group Composition among Young, Urban Women of Color in Prenatal Care: Implications for Satisfaction, Engagement, and Group Attendance. Womens Health Issues. 2016 Jan-Feb; 2015 Nov 3. PMID: 26542382
- Novick G, Womack JA, Lewis J, Stasko EC, Rising SS, Sadler LS, Cunningham SC, Tobin JN, Ickovics JR: Perceptions of Barriers and Facilitators During Implementation of a Complex Model of Group Prenatal Care in Six Urban Sites. Res Nurs Health. 2015 Dec; 2015 Sep 4. PMID: 26340483
- Cunningham SD, Card JJ: Realities of replication: implementation of evidence-based interventions for HIV prevention in real-world settings. Implement Sci. 2014 Jan 6; 2014 Jan 6. PMID: 24387142