Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Maternal and Child Health including perinatal disparities, perinatal and reproductive health, centering pregnancy, health navigation, patient-provider communication, stress, depression and life style behaviors affecting perinatal health (smoking, substance abuse, obesity) and violence prevention.
  • Research Methodology including community based participatory research, clinical trials, comparative effectiveness research, meta-analysis, systematic Review, program evaluation, health services research and intervention, surveillance, and mixed methods approaches.

Professional Highlights


  • Multiple winner, School of Medicine Outstanding Teachers Award
  • Outstanding Research Achievement Award, 2005


  • Principal Investigator, Evaluator,  Healthy Start Project, Richmond City Health Department


Education and Training

  • Dr.PH, University of California-Berkeley
  • M.P.H, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • M.D, Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Ethiopia

Selected Publications

Murithi LK, Masho SW, Vanderbilt AA. Factors enhancing utilization of and adherence to prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) service in an urban setting in Kenya. AIDS Behav. 2015 Apr;19(4):645-54. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0939-0. PubMed PMID: 25381562.

Masho SW, Rozario S, Walker D, Cha S. Racial Differences and the Role of Marital Status in the Association Between Intimate Partner Violence and Unintended Pregnancy. J Interpers Violence. 2016 Mar 2. pii: 0886260516635317. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26940349

Cha S, Masho SW, Heh V. Partner Violence Victimization and Unintended Pregnancy in Latina and Asian American Women: Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling. Women Health. 2016 Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27015413

Cartagena D, Ameringer SW, McGrath JM, Masho SW, Jallo N, Myers BJ. Factors contributing to infant overfeeding in low-income immigrant Latina mothers. Appl Nurs Res. 2015 Nov;28(4):316-21. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2015.03.007. Epub 2015 Mar 13. PMID: 26608432

Masho SW, Urban P, Cha S, Ramus R. Body Mass Index, Weight Gain, and Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy. Am J Hypertens. 2015 Nov 16. pii: hpv184. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26578710

Cha S, Chapman DA, Wan W, Burton CW, Masho SW. Discordant pregnancy intentions in couples and rapid repeat pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Apr;214(4):494.e1-494.e12. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.10.149. Epub 2015 Oct 28. PMID: 26519783

Varner SB, Ihongbe T, Masho SW. The Impact of Prior Poor Birth Outcomes on Smoking Behavior on Subsequent Pregnancies: Analysis of the National PRAMS Data. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Mar;20(3):583-92. doi: 10.1007/s10995-015-1857-0. PMID: 26515469

Nelson KA, Ferrance JL, Masho SW. Intimate partner violence, consenting to HIV testing and HIV status among Zambian women. Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Jul 15. pii: 0956462415596299. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26185042

Cha S, Chapman DA, Wan W, Burton CW, Masho SW. Intimate partner violence and postpartum contraceptive use: the role of race/ethnicity and prenatal birth control counseling. Contraception. 2015 Sep;92(3):268-75. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2015.04.009. Epub 2015 Apr 29. PMID: 2593529

Masho SW, Cha S, Morris MR. Prepregnancy obesity and breastfeeding noninitiation in the United States: an examination of racial and ethnic differences. Breastfeed Med. 2015 Jun;10(5):253-62. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2015.0006. Epub 2015 Apr 21. PMCID: PMC4490588

Brown MJ, Masho SW, Perera RA, Mezuk B, Cohen SA. Sex and sexual orientation disparities in adverse childhood experiences and early age at sexual debut in the united states: Results from a nationally representative sample. Child Abuse Negl. 2015 Aug;4689-102. PMCID: PMC4527947

Brown MJ, Perera RA, Masho SW, Mezuk B, Cohen SA. Adverse childhood experiences and intimate partner aggression in the US: Sex differences and similarities in psychosocial mediation. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Apr;13148-57. PMCID: PMC4479130

Price SK, Masho SW. What does it mean when we screen? A closer examination of perinatal depression and psychosocial risk screening within one MCH home visiting program. Matern Child Health J. 2014 May;18(4):765-771. PMCID: PMC3844002

Masho SW, Bishop DL, Edmonds T, Farrell AD. Using surveillance data to inform community action: The effect of alcohol sale restrictions on intentional injury-related ambulance pickups. Prev Sci. 2014 Feb;15(1):22-30. PMCID: PMC3912373

Masho SW, Do E, Adekoya S. Social support and smoking during pregnancy. J Womens Health Care. 2014; 31000179. PMCID: PMC4292848

Masho SW, Munn MS, Archer PW. Multilevel factors influencing preterm birth in an urban setting. Urban Plan Transp Res. 2014;2(1):36-48. PMCID: PMC4100720

Masho SW, Bishop DL, Munn M. Pre-pregnancy BMI and weight gain: Where is the tipping point for preterm birth? BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013 May 24;13120-2393-13-120. PMCID: PMC3691770

Masho SW, Bishop DL, Keyser-Marcus L, Varner SB, White S, Svikis D. Least explored factors associated with prenatal smoking. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22903305

Magnusson BM, Sabik L, Chapman DA, Masho SW, Lafata JE, Bradley CJ, Lapane KL. Contraceptive insurance mandates and consistent contraceptive use among privately insured women. Med Care. 2012 Jul;50(7):562-8. PMID: 22688787

Magnusson BM, Masho SW, Lapane KL. Early age at first intercourse and subsequent gaps in contraceptive use. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Jan;21(1):73-9. PMID: 21992618

Masho SW, Archer PW. Does maternal birth outcome differentially influence the occurrence of infant death among African Americans and European Americans? Matern Child Health J. 2011 Nov;15(8):1249-56. PMCID: PMC3320146

Masho SW, Keyser-Marcus L, Varner SB, Chapman D, Singleton R, Svikis D. Addressing perinatal disparities in urban setting: using community based participatory research. J Community Psychol. 2011 Apr 1;39(3):292-302. PMCID: PMC3584582

Magnusson BM, Masho SW, Lapane KL. Adolescent and sexual history factors influencing reproductive control among women aged 18-44. Sex Health. 2011 Mar;8(1):95-101. PMID: 21371391

Masho SW, Wang CL, Nixon DE. Review of tenofovir-emtricitabine. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2007 Dec;3(6):1097-1104. PMCID: PMC2387297