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Samantha Hurst

TitleAssociate Project Scientist
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0725
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone858-822-0766
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    Samantha Hurst, Ph.D. is an Associate Project Scientist in the UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Hurst’s area of content interest and expertise focuses on cross-cultural medicine and vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in socio-cultural disparities in health and healthcare access, and gender-equity issues. She is an expert in the use of qualitative methodology and also works with mixed methods research design. Dr. Hurst's research collaborations span a rich variety of healthcare domains such as neurology, psychiatry, behavioral health, health policy, complimentary medicine, medical education, and tobacco prevention/education. For over two decades she has collaborated on projects working with a number of unique U.S. ethnic/cultural groups and international populations - American Indian, Australian Aborigine, First Nation [Canada], Maori [New Zealand], Somali-Americans, Yoruba [Nigeria], and U.S. combat veterans. These studies have included research such as alcohol and drug misuse, men’s health, youth violence prevention, sexual assault prevention and reproductive justice, psychological trauma and stress, cultural psychiatry, hypertension and secondary stroke prevention, and tobacco education/cessation/prevention.

    Dr. Hurst participates in both university and public service as a board member for the African and African-American Studies Research Center at UCSD and as a Commissioner for the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission.

    Dr. Hurst received her Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship training in Cultural Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology at the Alcohol Research Center at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla.


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    1. Takemoto M, Lewars B, Hurst S, Crist K, Nebeker C, Madanat H, Nichols J, Rosenberg DE, Kerr J. Participants' Perceptions on the Use of Wearable Devices to Reduce Sitting Time: Qualitative Analysis. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Mar 31; 6(3):e73. PMID: 29599105.
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    2. Gilmer T, Henwood B, McGovern N, Hurst S, Burgdorf J, Innes-Gomberg D. Health Outcomes and Costs Associated with the Provision of Culturally Competent Services for Underrepresented Ethnic Populations with Severe Mental Illness. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2017 Sep; 44(5):782-791. PMID: 28050652.
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    3. Ojeda VD, Hiller SP, Hurst S, Jones N, McMenamin S, Burgdorf J, Gilmer TP. Implementation of Age-Specific Services for Transition-Age Youths in California. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Sep 01; 67(9):970-6. PMID: 27133720.
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    4. Hurst S, Arulogun O, Owolabi MO, Akinyemi RO, Uvere E, Warth S, Fakunle G, Ovbiagele B. The Use of Qualitative Methods in Developing Implementation Strategies in Prevention Research for Stroke Survivors in Nigeria. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2016 Oct; 18(10):1015-1021. PMID: 27038071.
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    5. Vijayaraghavan M, Hurst S, Pierce JP. Implementing Tobacco Control Programs in Homeless Shelters: A Mixed-Methods Study. Health Promot Pract. 2016 07; 17(4):501-11. PMID: 26678988.
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    6. Vijayaraghavan M, Hurst S, Pierce JP. A Qualitative Examination of Smoke-Free Policies and Electronic Cigarettes Among Sheltered Homeless Adults. Am J Health Promot. 2017 05; 31(3):243-250. PMID: 26559719.
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    7. Linke SE, Noble M, Hurst S, Strong DR, Redwine L, Norman SB, Lindamer LA. An Exercise-Based Program for Veterans with Substance Use Disorders: Formative Research. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2015 Jul-Aug; 47(3):248-57. PMID: 26098629.
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    8. Hurst S, Arulogun OS, Owolabi AO, Akinyemi R, Uvere E, Warth S, Ovbiagele B. Pretesting Qualitative Data Collection Procedures to Facilitate Methodological Adherence and Team Building in Nigeria. Int J Qual Methods. 2015; 14:53-64. PMID: 25866494.
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    9. Owolabi MO, Akinyemi RO, Hurst S, Arulogun O, Olaniyan O, Gebregziabher M, Salako BL, Ovbiagele B. Tailored Hospital-based Risk Reduction to Impede Vascular Events After Stroke (THRIVES) study: qualitative phase protocol. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2014 Mar; 13(1):29-35. PMID: 24526149; PMCID: PMC4134882.
    10. Greci LS, Ramloll R, Hurst S, Garman K, Beedasy J, Pieper EB, Huang R, Higginbotham E, Agha Z. vTrain: a novel curriculum for patient surge training in a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE). Prehosp Disaster Med. 2013 Jun; 28(3):215-22. PMID: 23388521.
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    11. Hurst S, Nader P. Building community involvement in cross-cultural Indigenous health programs. Int J Qual Health Care. 2006 Aug; 18(4):294-8. PMID: 16835433.
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