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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 and stress and related health inequities, particularly among minority and immigrant women. With funding from the NIH, Dr. Sabri is currently focused on the intersecting epidemics of violence, HIV, and reproductive and sexual health problems among women; the role of physiological stress responses in coping; and developing trauma-informed, culturally responsive 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., 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

    Sabri, B., Simonet, M., & Campbell, J. (2018) Risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence among South Asian immigrant women and perceived needs for services. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

    Sabri, B. & Granger, D. (in press). Gender-based violence and trauma in marginalized populations of women: Role of biological embedding and toxic stress. Healthcare for Women international

    Sabri, B., Campbell, J.C., & Messing, J. (in press). Intimate partner homicides in the United States, 2003-2013: A comparison of immigrants and non-immigrants. Journal of Interpersonal Violence

    Sabri, B. (in press). Perspectives on factors related to HIV risk and preventative interventions at multiple levels: A study of African immigrant survivors of cumulative trauma. AIDS Education and Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Journal

    Sabri, B. & Gielen, A. (2017). Integrated multicomponent interventions for safety and health risks among Black female survivors of violence: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse

    Sabri, B., McFall, A.M., Solomon, S.S., Srikrishnan, A.L., Vasudevan, C.K., Anand, S., Celentano, D.D., Mehta, S.H., Kumar, S., & Lucas, G.M. (2017). Gender differences in factors related to HIV risk behaviors among people who inject drugs in North-East India. PLOS One, 12 (1), e0169482

  • Awards/Honors

    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