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Bushra Sabri, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor
Bushra Sabri
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Disparities
  • Global
  • Global Health
  • Health Behavior
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Women's Health


Bushra Sabri’s research focuses on lifetime cumulative exposures to violence, including intimate partner violence and stress caused by experiencing health inequities, particularly among minority and immigrant women. She has led or co-led multiple funded research projects focusing on risk factors and health outcomes of interpersonal violence across the lifespan. Dr. Sabri’s recent work focuses on the intersecting epidemics of violence, HIV, mental health, and reproductive and sexual health problems among women; the role of physiological stress responses in coping; and developing and evaluating trauma-informed, culturally tailored interventions. Dr. Sabri’s goal is to develop interventions that contribute to reducing health disparities among vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Sabri, B., Vroegindewey, A., & Hagos, M. (2021). Development, feasibility, acceptability and preliminary evaluation of the internet and mobile phone based BSHAPE intervention for immigrant survivors of cumulative trauma. Contemporary Clinical Trials.

    Sabri, B., Glass, N., Murray, S., Perrin, N., Case J.R., & Campbell, J.C. (2021). A technology-based intervention to improve outcomes for immigrant women with intimate partner violence experiences: It’s weWomen Plus sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) protocol. BMC Public Health, 21, 1956.

    Sabri, B., Tharmarajah, S., Njie-Carr, V.P.S., Messing, J.T., Loerzel, E., Arscott, J., & Campbell, J.C. (2021). Safety planning with marginalized survivors of intimate partner violence: Challenges of conducting safety planning intervention research with marginalized women. Trauma, Violence & Abuse

    Sabri, B., Greene, M.C., Dang, Q., Wiener, J., & Stack, C. (2021). Characteristics, incidence, and trends of intimate partner homicides in Massachusetts: Patterns by birthplace, race, and ethnicity. Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody and Child Development.

    Sabri, B., Hartley, M., Saha, J. Murray, S., Glass, N., & Campbell, J.C. (2020) Effect of COVID-19 pandemic on women’s health and safety: A study of immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence. Health Care for Women International.

    Corley, A., & Sabri, B. (2020). African immigrant women’s pre- and post-migration exposures to violence, resources, and psychosocial outcomes. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.

    Sabri, B., Njie-Carr, V. P.S., Messing,J., Glass, N., Brockie, T., Hanson, G., Case, J., & Campbell, J.C. (2019). The weWomen and ourCircle randomized controlled trial protocol: A web-based intervention for immigrant, refugee and indigenous women with intimate partner violence experiences. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 76, 79-84. 

    Sabri, B., Wirtz, A.L., Ssekasanvu,J.,Nonyane, B.A.S., Nalugoda, F., Kagaayi,J., Ssekubugu, R., & Wagman, J.A. (2019). Intimate partner violence, HIV and sexually transmitted infections in fishing, trading and agrarian communities in Rakai, Uganda. BMC Public Health; 19, 594.

    Sabri, B., Warren, N., Kaufman, M.R., Coe, W.H., Alhusen, J., Cascante, A., & Campbell, J.C. (2018) Unwanted sexual experiences in university settings: Survivors’ perspectives on effective prevention and intervention strategies. Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 28 (9), 1021-1037.

  • Awards/Honors

    2016-2021  Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

    2011-2013  Post-doctoral Institutional National Research Service Award, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

    2010  Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program

    2008-2010  Underrepresented Mental Health Research Fellowship. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program

    2008  Graduate College Summer Fellowship Award, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

    2008  Diversity Tuition Scholarship, Graduate College, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa