Susanne Montgomery, PhD

Professor, Health Promotion and Education

Director of Center, Center for Health Research, School of Public Health
Associate Dean, Research, School of Behavioral Health
School of Behavioral Health
School of Public Health

University Faculty Profile

Research Interests

Dr. Susanne Montgomery is a Professor in the Loma Linda School of Public Health (LLU SPH) Department of Preventive Medicine and the Director for the LLU SPH Center for Health Research. Trained at the University of Michigan as a social/behavioral epidemiologist, she has many years of experience in funded and non-funded community-based participatory action research, working in partnership with hard-to-access populations. Dr. Montgomery has researched and written extensively in the areas of cancer prevention, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and alcohol and tobacco use in traditionally hard-to-access populations, including African American and Latino men and youth in San Bernardino County. She teaches courses in evaluation research, qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as a year-long, practice-based program development lab focusing on issues of health disparities.

Dr. Montgomery has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of several NIH- and CDC-funded projects and has been an evaluator for several Foundation-funded community-based projects. Though committed to research, she advocates translating and applying research findings at the community level and participates as a member of several area community coalitions, planning groups, and advisory boards using her expertise and access to research data to enhance planning processes. Dr. Montgomery also conducts trainings and workshops on issues of diversity in the United States and abroad.

Selected Publications

  1. S. Montgomery, P. Herring, A. Yancey, L. Beeson, T. Butler, S. Knutsen, J. Sabate, J. Chan, S. Preston-Martin, G. Fraser, (2006). Comparing self-reported disease outcomes, diet and lifestyles in a national cohort of Black and White Seventh-Day Adventists. Preventing Chronic Disease (accepted).
  2. Woods, V.D., Montgomery S.B., Herring, P., Gardner, R., Stokols, (2006) Social Ecological Predictors of Prostate Specifics Antigen (PSA) Blood Test and digital Rectal Examination (DRE) in Black American Men. Journal of National Medical Association, 2006 April; 98 (4): 492-504.
  3. Unger, JB, Kipke, MD, De Rosa, CJ, Hyde, J, Montgomery, S.B. Needle-sharing among young IV users and their social network members: The influence of the injection partner's characteristics on HIV risk behavior. Addict Behav. 2006 Sep;31(9):1607-18. Epub 2006, Feb 3.
  4. Janet E. Flores, Susanne B. Montgomery, Jerry W. Lee. Organization and staffing barriers to parent involvement in teen pregnancy prevention programs: challenges for community partnerships. Journal of Adolescent Health. 37(1) S108-S114, Sept. 2005.
  5. Woods V.D., Montgomery S.B., Herring R.P.,Recruiting Black/African American Men for Research on Prostate Cancer Prevention. Cancer, 2004, 100(5): 1017-1025.
  6. Woods, VD, Montgomery, S., Belliard, JC, Ramirez-Johnson, J., Wilson, C. Fear and distrust in : Barriers to prostate cancer screening in Black men. Featured article in the Men's Health Newsletter of the International Society of Men's Health and Gender, March 2005.
  7. Herring P., Montgomery, S.B., Yancey, A.K., Williams D., Fraser, G. Understanding the challenges in Recruiting Blacks to a Longitudinal Cohort study: The Adventist Health Study. Ethnicity & Disease, Summer 2004, Vol. 14, 423-430.
  8. Salabariia-Pena, Y., Lee, JW., Montgomery, SB, Hopp, HW, Muralles AA. Determinants of female and male condom use among immigrant women of Central American decent. AIDS & Behavior, 2003.
  9. Montgomery, S.B., Hyde, J., De Rosa, C.J., Rohrbach, L.A. , Ennett, S., Harvey, S.M., Clatts, M., Iverson, E., & Kipke, M.D. (2002). Gender differences in HIV risk behaviors among young injectors and their social network members. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 28(3), 453-475.
  10. De Rosa CJ, Montgomery SB, Hyde J, Iverson E, & Kipke MD. HIV risk behavior and HIV testing: A comparison of rates and associated factors among homeless and runaway adolescents in two cities. AIDS Education and Prevention, 13(2), 131-148, 2001. 11. Rucibwa NK, Modeste, N, Montgomery SB. Family Influences on sexual involvement in Black and Hispanic males. American Journal of Health Behavior 2003;27(1);63-74