Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Asset-based interventions
  • Cancer prevention and survivorship
  • Community capacity-building
  • Obesity prevention
  • Ethics and community engagement

Professional Highlights

Memberships and Leadership

  • Council member, VCU Division of Community Engagement
  • Director, VCU Partnership with the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • Member, Provost’s Task Force for Comprehensive Internationalization

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Social Welfare Policy, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
  • M.A., Communications, Cleveland State University, Cleveland
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Selected Publications

Siminoff LA, Traino HM, Mosavel M, Barker L, Gudger G, Undale A. Family decision maker perspectives on the return of genetic results in biobanking research. Genet Med. 2015 Apr 9. doi: 10.1038/gim.2015.38. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25856669; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4600004.

Mosavel M, Ahmed R, Ports KA, Simon C. South African, urban youth narratives: Resilience within community. Int J Adolesc Youth. 2015 Jun 1;20(2):245-255. PubMed PMID: 25897181; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4401428.

Ports KA, Haffejee F, Mosavel M, Rameshbabu A. Integrating cervical cancer prevention initiatives with HIV care in resource-constrained settings: A formative study in Durban, South Africa. Glob Public Health. 2015 Dec;10(10):1238-51. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1008021. Epub 2015 Feb 5. PubMed PMID: 25654190; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4526453.

Mosavel M, Genderson MW. Daughter-Initiated Cancer Screening Appeals to Mothers. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26590969

Mosavel M, Wilson Genderson M, Ports KA, Carlyle KE. Communication strategies to reduce cancer disparities: Insights from african-american mother-daughter dyads. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Dec;33(4):400-404. PMCID: PMC4699861

Mosavel M, Ports KA. Upward communication about cancer screening: Adolescent daughter to mother. J Health Commun. 2015;20(6):680-686. PMCID: PMC4516455

Ports KA, Ayers A, Crocker W, Hart A, Mosavel M, Rafie C. Community perceptions and utilization of a consumer health center. J Med Libr Assoc. 2015 Jan;103(1):35-39. PMCID: PMC4279932

Mosavel M, Ports K, Leighton-Herrmann E. Mother-daughter dyad recruitment and cancer intervention challenges in an african american sample. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2014 Jun 1;1(2):120-129. PMCID: PMC4256079

Ports KA, Barnack-Tavlaris JL, Mosavel M, Murithi LK. Young women’s sexual and reproductive health post HPV vaccination. Womens Reprod Health (Phila). 2014 Jan 1;1(1):43-55. PMCID: PMC4043381

Mosavel M, Genderson MW. From adolescent daughter to mother: Exploring message design strategies for breast and cervical cancer prevention and screening. J Cancer Educ. 2013 Sep;28(3):558-564. PMCID: PMC4046862

Mosavel M, Rafie C, Cadet DL, Ayers A. Opportunities to reduce cancer barriers: community town halls and provider focus groups. J Cancer Educ. 2012 Dec;27(4):641-8. PMCID: PMC3523356

Mosavel M, Ahmed R, Simon C. Perceptions of gender-based violence among South African youth: implications for health promotion interventions. Health Promot Int. 2012 Sep;27(3):323-30. PMCID: PMC3411193

Mosavel M. Health promotion and cervical cancer in South Africa: why adolescent daughters can teach their mothers about early detection. Health Promot Int. 2012 Jun;27(2):157-66. PMCID: PMC3529633

Simon C, Mosavel M. Getting personal: Ethics and identity in global health research. Dev World Bioeth. 2011 Aug;11(2):82-92.  PMCID: PMC3145018

Mosavel M, Ahmed R, Daniels D, Simon C. Community researchers conducting health disparities research: ethical and other insights from fieldwork journaling. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Jul;73(1):145-52. PMCID: PMC3126882

Mosavel M, Simon C, Ahmed R. Cancer perceptions of South African mothers and daughters: implications for health promotion programs. Health Care Women Int. 2010 Sep;31(9):784-800.  PMCID: PMC2918226

Simon C, Mosavel M. Response to open peer commentaries on “community members as recruiters of human subjects: Ethical considerations”. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Mar;10(3):W1-3. PMCID: PMC3159565

Simon C, Mosavel M. Community members as recruiters of human subjects: ethical considerations. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Mar;10(3):3-11.  PMCID: PMC3139466

Mosavel M, Thomas T, Sanders K, Hill L, Johnson M. The mother–daughter health collaborative: a partnership development to promote cancer education. J Cancer Educ. 2010 Mar;25(1):61-5.  PMCID: PMC3140694

Mosavel M, Simon C. Exploratory health disparities research: the need to provide a tangible benefit to vulnerable respondents.  Ethics Behav. 2010; 20(1): 1–9. PMCID: PMC3248693

Mosavel M, Thomas T. Daughter-initiated health advice to mothers: Perceptions of african-american and latina daughters. Health Educ Res. 2009 Oct;24(5):799-810. PMCID: PMC2764956

Mosavel M, Simon C, Oakar C, Meyer S. Cervical cancer attitudes and beliefs-a cape town community responds on world cancer day. J Cancer Educ. 2009;24(2):114-119. PMCID: PMC3139476

Simon C, Mosavel M. Key conceptual issues in the forging of “culturally competent” community health initiatives: A south african example. Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2008 Spring;17(2):195-205. PMCID: PMC3139471

Simon C, Mosavel M, van Stade D. Ethical challenges in the design and conduct of locally relevant international health research. Soc Sci Med. 2007 May;64(9):1960-1969. PMCID: PMC3248695

Mosavel M, Simon C, Van Stade D. The mother-daughter relationship: What is its potential as a locus for health promotion? Health Care Women Int. 2006 Aug;27(7):646-664. PMCID: PMC3248691

Mosavel M, Simon C, van Stade D, Buchbinder M. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) in south africa: Engaging multiple constituents to shape the research question. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Dec;61(12):2577-2587. PMCID: PMC3248692