Chandler, Susan D., MPH, MA

Assistant Research Director
Department of Health Education & Behavior
Center for Digital Health and Wellness

  • M.P.H. in Health Behavior, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2009)
  • M.A. in English, Mississippi State University (1988)
  • B.A. in English, Mississippi State University (1986)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Contact:

Yon Hall North Rm 32
P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
(352) 294-1617
sdchandler@ufl.edu

 

 

Biography:

Ms. Chandler joined the Department of Health Education & Behavior and the Center for Digital Health & Wellness in 2014 as Assistant Director of Research. She was previously research program manager at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from UAB and a Master of Arts degree in English from Mississippi State University. Her research experience includes behavioral economic studies of substance misuse and risky sexual behaviors and the intersection thereof, as well as natural recovery and environmental contexts of substance use and misuse.

Ms. Chandler has managed research projects investigating contexts of natural recovery from alcohol misuse, with an emphasis on behavioral economic variables, and a naturalistic, observational study of substance misuse and risky sexual behaviors among African American emerging adults living in disadvantaged urban communities. She has coordinated research-supportive activities for the behavioral and community science core of a university-wide, federally funded center for HIV/AIDS research. She has worked as a project assistant on contingency management interventions for alcohol abuse and dependence; crack cocaine abuse in homeless populations; and injection opiate abuse in Ukraine, as well as a web-based intervention to reduce drunken driving among college studies. She is experienced with interactive voice response and online data collection and intervention, as well as with venue enumeration, respondent driven sampling, and traditional recruitment methods.

Ms. Chandler has experience in editorial office management and pre- and post-award grants administration. Prior to entering public health and prevention research, she worked in print journalism and non-profit public relations. She maintains an interest in health journalism and communication of scientific information to lay audiences.

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral economics of substance use and risky sexual behavior
  • Intersection of substance- and sex-related risky behaviors
  • Natural recovery and environmental contexts of substance use and misuse