Lisa K. Sharp, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Sharp is a clinical health psychologist and an associate professor of medicine in the Section of Health Promotion Research of the Department of Medicine in the UIC College of Medicine. Her primary area of research targets the health of minorities and underserved populations in regards to understanding the direct and indirect effects of stress and depression on chronic illness and cancer, fostering patient participation and communication in the doctor-patient relationship, and ecological, social and psychological influences upon inflammatory processes.
She is a co-principal investigator of a study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to improve diabetes management among minorities and co-investigator of other studies to improve the health of cancer patients and survivors. She was the recipient of a career development grant funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Targeting minorities and underserved populations, Dr. Sharp's research interests address several areas: understanding the direct and indirect effects of stress and depression on chronic illness and cancer; fostering patient participation and communication in the doctor-patient relationship; ecological, social, and psychological influences upon inflammatory processes.
Recent and Noteworthy Publications
Seltzer ED, Stolley MR, Mensah EK, Sharp LK. Social networking site usage among childhood cancer survivors - a potential tool for research recruitment? J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]
Syed ST, Gerber BS, Sharp LK. Traveling towards disease: transportation barriers to health care access. J Community Health. 2013 Oct;38(5):976-93. [See abstract.]
Joo MJ, Sharp LK, Au DH, Lee TA, Fitzgibbon ML. Use of spirometry in the diagnosis of COPD: a qualitative study in primary care. COPD. 2013 Aug;10(4):444-9. Epub 2013 Mar 28. [See abstract.]
Sharp LK, Ureste PJ, Torres LA, Bailey L, Gordon HS, Gerber BS. Time to sign: the relationship between health literacy and signature time. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Jan;90(1):18-22. [See abstract.]
Gerber BS, Rapacki L, Castillo A, Tilton J, Touchette DR, Mihailescu D, Berbaum ML, Sharp LK. Design of a trial to evaluate the impact of clinical pharmacists and community health promoters working with African-Americans and Latinos with diabetes. BMC Public Health. 2012 Oct 23;12(1):891. [See abstract.]
Kinahan KE, Sharp LK, Seidel K, Leisenring W, Didwania A, Lacouture ME, et al. Scarring, disfigurement, and quality of life in long-term survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Jul 10;30(20):2466-74. [See abstract.]
Fitzgibbon ML, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Porter JS, Martin IK, Odoms-Young A, Sharp LK. Weight loss and African-American women: a systematic review of the behavioural weight loss intervention literature. Obes Rev. 2012 Mar;13(3):193-213. [See abstract.]
Nutescu EA, Bathija S, Sharp LK, Gerber BS, Schumock GT, Fitzgibbon ML. Anticoagulation patient self-monitoring in the United States: considerations for clinical practice adoption. Pharmacotherapy. 2011 Dec;31(12):1161-74. [See abstract.]
Mosnaim GS, Li H, Damitz M, Sharp LK, Li Z, Talati A, Mirza F, Richardson D, Rachelefsky G, Africk J, Powell LH. Evaluation of the Fight Asthma Now (FAN) program to improve asthma knowledge in urban youth and teenagers. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011 Oct;107(4):310-6. [See abstract.]
Lora CM, Gordon EJ, Sharp LK, Fischer MF, Gerber BS, Lash JP. Progression of chronic kidney disease in Hispanics: Potential roles of health literacy, acculturation, and social support. Am J Kidney Dis. 2011 Aug;58(2):282-290. [See abstract.]
Borders AE, Grobman WA, Amsden LB, McDade TW, Sharp LK, Holl JL. The relationship between self-report and biomarkers of stress in low-income reproductive-age women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Dec;203(6):577.e1-8. [See abstract.]
Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Sharp LK, Singh V, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): 18-month results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Dec;18(12):2317-2325. Epub 2010 Mar 18. [See abstract.]
Gupta RS, Zhang X, Springston EE, Sharp LK, Curtis LM, Shalowitz M, Shannon JJ, Weiss KB. The association between community crime and childhood asthma prevalence in Chicago. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2010 Apr;104(4):299-306. [See abstract.]
Gerber BS, Cano AI, Caceres ML, Smith DE, Wilken LA, Michaud JB, Ruggiero LA, Sharp LK. A Pharmacist and Health Promoter Team to Improve Medication Adherence Among Latinos with Diabetes. Ann Pharmacother. 2010 Jan;44(1):70-9. [See abstract.]
Sharp LK, Curtis LM, Mosnaim G, Shalowitz MU, Catrambone C, Sadowski LS. The influence of caregiver's psychosocial status on childhood asthma and obesity. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2009 Nov;103(5):386-94. [See abstract.]
Kinahan KE, Gandhi M, Lacouture ME, Eilers R Jr, Haryani A, Didwania A, Sharp LK. Dermatologic issues in adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Cancer Surviv. 2009 Sep;3(3):158-63. [See abstract.]
Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Arroyo C, Ruffin C, Restrepo J, Campbell R. Design and recruitment of the Chicago Healthy Living Study: a study of health behaviors in a diverse cohort of adult childhood cancer survivors. Cancer. 2009 Sep 4;115(S18):4385-4396. [See abstract.]
Evans AT, Sadowski LS, VanderWeele TJ, Curtis LM, Sharp LK, Kee RA, Grammer LC, Lyttle CS, Weiss KB, Shannon JJ; CHIRAH Study Group. Ethnic disparities in asthma morbidity in Chicago. J Asthma. 2009 Jun;46(5):448-54. [See abstract.]
Gupta RS, Zhang X, Sharp LK, Shannon JJ, Weiss KB. The protective effect of community factors on childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Jun;123(6):1297-304.e2. [See abstract.]
Gerber BS, Stolley MR, Thompson AL, Sharp LK, Fitzgibbon ML. Mobile phone text messaging to promote healthy behaviors and weight loss maintenance: a feasibility study. Health Informatics J. 2009 Mar;15(1):17-25. [See abstract.]
Martin MA, Catrambone CD, Kee RA, Evans AT, Sharp LK, Lyttle C, et al. Improving asthma self-efficacy: developing and testing a pilot community-based asthma intervention for African American adults. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Jan;123(1):153-159.e3. [See abstract.]
Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Oh A, Schiffer L. A weight loss intervention for African American breast cancer survivors, 2006. Prev Chronic Dis. 2009 Jan;6(1):A22. [See abstract.]
Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML, Schiffer L, Sharp LK, Singh V, Van Horn L, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): Six-month Results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Jan;17(1):100-6. [See abstract.]
Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley M, Schiffer L, Sharp L, Singh V, Van Horn L, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): design and baseline characteristics. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Sep;17(7):1099-110.
Kinahan KE, Sharp LK, Arntson P, Galvin K, Grill L, Didwania A. Adult survivors of childhood cancer and their parents: experiences with survivorship and long-term follow-up. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2008 Sep;30(9):651-8.
Gupta RS, Zhang X, Sharp LK, Shannon JJ, Weiss KB. Geographic variability in childhood asthma prevalence in Chicago. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar;121(3):639-645.e1.
Mosnaim GS, Sadowski LS, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Sharp LK, Curtis LM, Shalowitz MU, Shannon JJ, Weiss KB. Parental language and asthma among urban Hispanic children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 Nov;120(5):1160-5.
Chang CH, Sharp LK, Kimmel LG, Grammer LC, Kee R, Shannon JJ. A 6-item brief measure for assessing perceived control of asthma in culturally diverse patients. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2007 Aug;99(2):130-5.
Hornung RL, Hansen LA, Sharp LK, Poorsattar SP, Lipsky MS. Skin cancer prevention in the primary care setting: Assessment using a standardized patient. Pediatric Dermatology. 2007;24(2):108-112.
Sharp LK, Kimmel LG, Kee R, Saltoun C, Chang C. Assessing the Perceived Stress Scale for African American adults with asthma and low literacy. J Asthma. 2007;44(4):311-316.
Sharp LK, Kinahan KE, Didwania A, Stolley M. Quality of life in adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2007;24(4):220-226
Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Wells AM, Simon N, Schiffer L. Health behaviors and breast cancer: experiences of urban African-American women. Health Educ Behav. 2006;33(5):604-624.
Honors and Awards