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

Research Interests
  • Nursing college student wellness and obesity prevention
  • 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

  • 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
  • Fruh, S. M., Mulekar, M. S., Crook, E., Hall, H. R., Adams, J. R., & Lemley, T., (2018). Meal-planning practices with individuals in health disparity zip codes. The Journal of Christian Nursing, 35(3), 191-197. PubMed PMID: 29863515; PubMed Center PMCID: PMC6126669

  • Elkins, J. C., Gunn, J., Jones, L., Taylor, T., Bydalek, K., & Fruh, S. (2018). Identifying Risk factors of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in the South Asian population. Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 12(2). 543-544.

  • Fruh, S. M. (2017) Obesity: Risk factors, complications, and strategies for sustainable long-term weight management. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29(supp1), S3-S14. 10.1002/2327-6924.12510

  • 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
  • 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
    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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  • Dr. Fruh coordinates the Nursing Honors Program.
  • 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