Sharon Fruh
Professor; Interim Dean for Research, Faculty Development, and Evaluation
Administration

Research Interests
 
  • Reducing health disparities in minority children and their families
  • Family-based obesity prevention and health promotion in community settings
  • Child obesity prevention with a focus on the home food environment and family meals
  • Healthy eating interventions

Education
 
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago (Nursing), 1995
  • MS, Rush University (Nursing), 1983
  • BA, Bethany University (Psychology), 1980
  • ADN, Triton College (Nursing), 1977

Specialized Training

  • Certificate, University of Alabama (UAB), NIH-NIMHD Health Disparity Research Scholar Program, 2016

Selected Publications
 
  • Hall, H., Fruh, S. M., Zlomke, K. R., and Swingle, H. (2017). A qualitative analysis of the experience of minority parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41252-017-0015-7
  • Fruh, S. M., Nadglowski, J., Hall, H. R., Davis, S. L., Crook, E. D., and Zlomke, K. (2016). Obesity stigma and bias. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(7), 425-432. PubMed PMID: 28408862;PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5386399
  • Abesamis, C. J., Fruh, S. M., Hall, H. R., Lemley, T., and Zlomke, K. R. (2015). Cardiovascular health of Filipinos in the United States: A review of the literature. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27(5), 518-528. PubMed PMID: 26243715
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Completed Research Support
 
  • College of Nursing Dean’s Grant, University of South Alabama
    12/09-12/10
    The goal of this project was to identify the knowledge and practice habits of primary care providers and graduate nursing students related to frequent healthy family meals.
    Role: PI
  • Center for Healthy Communities: NIH P20 Pilot Project
    P20MD002314 (Errol Crook PI) 09/07-06/12
    06/11-06/12-Family Meal Barriers and Strategies that Promote Healthy Frequent Family Meals in African American Families. The goal of this project was threefold: 1) assess barriers to family meals; 2) identify family meal habits and home offerings of food; and 3) evaluate the effect of an intervention program. The population was focused on minorities who reside in health disparity zip codes. Role: Pilot Project - PI
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Teaching
 
  • Dr. Fruh mentors doctoral students with publications, scholarship, and grant writing.

Honors and Awards
 
  • Faculty Scholarship Award, University of South Alabama, College of Nursing, 2011
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Gamma Chapter, Research Award, Mobile, AL, 2010
  • Awarded Young Alumnus of the Year at Bethany University, 2001
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, University of South Alabama Chapter, 1997
  • Awarded the College of Nursing Dean’s Award for a Doctoral Student for Superior Academic and Research Achievement in the Graduate Nursing Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Fifth Annual Secretary’s Award for Innovation in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Nutrition and exercise program for urban Native Americans, 1987
  • Awarded the College of Nursing Dean’s Award to a Graduate Student for Superior-Academic Leadership in the Graduate Nursing Program, Rush University, 1983