Maternal and child health research: cancer prevention and promotion of healthy behaviors invulnerable populations (race/ethnic minorities, low income, low health literacy)
The goal of Dr. Tyra Gross’ research is wellness promotion and disease prevention in vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in maternal & health disparities along the lines of race, age and income as well as the intersections of these categories. Dr. Gross has the expertise to conduct community-engaged research based on her education, research training in qualitative research methods and prior work innutrition and behavioral health. Her research philosophy stems from a strengths/asset-based framework, to focus on what is already working to promote wellness and prevent diseases such as cancer in communities and understand how-to expand those efforts. Dr. Gross has extensive experience working with underrepresented groups in both research studies and community outreach. Given her interest in maternal & child health, the majority of her research has focused on the health of reproductive-age women. Topics have ranged from group prenatal care to HPV vaccination to college women’s health (preventive care, fibroid knowledge). Current research projects include exploring the maternal health of postpartum Black women, understanding racial/ethnic minority women’s experiences of severe maternal morbidity, and examining infant and young child feeding during emergencies in a low-breastfeeding population. She is also working on projects to outreach to pregnant and smokers who are low-income in Louisiana to develop smoking cessation and breastfeeding promotion interventions.
· Haley,C., Story, C., Gross, T., McElderry,C & Stone, K. (2023). Social Media Usage as a Form of Breastfeeding Support Among Black Mothers: A Scoping Review of the Literature. Accepted by the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health.
· Celestin,M., Gross, T., Okwara, L., Bryant,T., Tseng, TS, Williams, T., Dang, W., Lannaman, K., & Moody-Thomas, S.(2022). Results of Formative Research to Develop a Quit Intervention for Pregnant and Postpartum Smokers Served by Louisiana Women, Infant, and Children Clinics. JournalJournal of the Louisiana Public Health Association.
· Firoz, T., Gross, T., Banerjee, A., & Magee, L.A. (2022). Addressing Racial Disparities: Time for Action. Obstetric Medicine.
· Tseng, TS. ,Gross, T., Celestin, MD, Dang, W., Young, L., Kao, YH.,Li, M., Smith D.L., Fuloria, J., Bok, LR., & Moody-Thomas, S.; (2019). Knowledge and attitudes towards low dose computed tomography lung cancer screening and smoking among African Americans—a mixed method study. Translational Cancer Research; 8(Suppl 4): S431-S442. doi: 10.21037/tcr.2019.04.18
· Rodney, A., Mincey, K. D., Gross, T., Marshall, N., Felder, K., Griffin, A., Reid, I., & Watson, K. (2019). Grown woman: Understanding what influences health behaviors in Black female students at a HBCU. Journalof American College Health. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1594828.
· Powell, R. & Gross, T., Hilyard, K., & Davis, M. (2018). Food for thought: a novel mixed methods media literacy intervention on food advertising targeting parent-child dyads. Journalof Media Literacy Education. 10(3), 80 – 94.
· Hirth, J.M, Batuuka, D.N., Gross, T., Cofie, L., & Berenson, A.B. (2018) Human papillomavirus vaccine motivators and barriers among underserved community college students: Considerations for development of a successful vaccination program. Vaccine, 36(8):1032-1037. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.01.037. PMCID: PMC5801161
· Cancer Prevention, Women’s Health, Maternal Health, Qualitative Research, Minority Health, Health Behaviors, Community-Based Participatory Research