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About Stacy W. Smallwood

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Stacy W. Smallwood is an associate professor in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and affiliate faculty in the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program at Georgia Southern University.  Dr. Smallwood's graduate instruction is in health promotion, education, and behavior, and his specialized training is in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention. His research focuses on promoting equity in health and well-being among marginalized communities. He believes that scholarship and activism should work together to promote empowerment. His interests include HIV prevention, sexual health, LGBT health, discrimination and health, and community engagement and organizing within marginalized communities.  In particular, he is interested in the effects of psychosocial and structural factors on HIV risk among sexual minority people of color.  He also consults with community-based HIV prevention organizations on the evaluation of their evidence-based interventions. He serves is a past chair of the HIV/AIDS Section for the American Public Health Association. He currently serves as the moderator for the Bulloch County Beloved Community, a grassroots organization with the purpose of building connections across lines of social difference in Statesboro, GA and surrounding areas. He is also the vice-chair of the One Boro Commission, the city commission for diversity and inclusion in Statesboro, GA. 

Dr. Smallwood earned his MPH and PhD from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina-Columbia.  He also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina.

Disciplines: Community Health Behavior and Education
Teaching Interests: Theoretical Perspectives of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, Research Methods in Health Science, Modifying Health Behaviors, Cultural Competence in Public Health


2014 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Health Policy and Community Health, Department of

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Flamethrower Award, South Carolina Black Pride, Inc. (2011)
  • Doctoral Student of the Year Award—Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (2013)
  • Certificate of Excellence, Society for Community Research and Action (2013)
  • Protégé, APA Cyber Mentors Program (2016-2017)
  • Randolph S. Gunter Distinguished Faculty Award for Diversity and Social Justice (2017)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow, Georgia Southern University (2017-2019)


  • Modifying Health Behaviors (PUBH 3330)
  • Theoretical Perspectives on the Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (PUBH 6535)
  • Social Work Research Methodologies (SOWK 791)
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (SOWK 712)
  • HIV/STI Prevention (HPEB 684)


2013 Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina
2003 M.P.H. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina
2001 B.S. in Health and Exercise Science, Wake Forest University

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-2040
Office: Hendricks Hall


Recent Works (7)

Publications (12)

Book Chapters (2)

Conference Proceedings (1)

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations (29)