Brenda F. Seals

Brenda F. Seals, PhD, MPH, MA

Brenda F. Seals serves on National, Regional and State advisory and task forces. Dr. Seals serves on numerous CDC and NIH review panels and actively presents and publishes on programmatic successes and lessons learned with over 70 publications and 120 presentations.

Her substantive areas of expertise include: HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Injury and Trauma, Mental Health, and Interventions for the Prevention of Chronic Disease. She is an expert in cultural competency, especially for Native American and Asian populations. Workshops and staff trainings are available in these areas.

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods are her strengths. Developing press releases, Q and A, brochure and booklet formats, she widely publishes evaluation and research results from epidemiology and behavioral studies. Many results are from large, multi-site studies using longitudinal study designs.

Dr. Seals recently completed an alcohol and substance abuse needs assessment for the city of Fairbanks with the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado at Denver. She completed and is publishing from focus group studying interest in clinical trials, bio-banking and cancer screening among US Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean community members with Temple University’s Center for Asian Health.

She also completed the CDC cooperative agreement, “American Indian Cancer Collaborative for Women’s Health” [1U58DP001138-03] that provided technical assistance and training to improve tribal and state Department of Health infrastructures to improve breast, cervix and colorectal screening in Native American communities.


Brenda Seals completed an NRSA post-doctoral fellowship through a placement at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and completed an MPH degree at Emory University, School of Public Health. Her thesis, titled, Falling Through the Cracks: Social Service Concerns of Women Infected with HIV” was based on focus group data analyzed with AnSWR. The larger study was longitudinal and included qualitative and quantitative components. The results of this study are widely published and influenced models of case management as well as developed new measures of stigma, now widely used in scientific literature.

For the study for her PhD, “Families Who Must Decide: Amniocentesis and Child keeping Decisions,” Brenda interviewed over 250 families about their experiences and followed most families for over 3 years. She studied family decision making, social support and stress.

“The Process of Juvenile Delinquency: A Longitudinal Test of Social Control and Differential Association Theories” is the title for Brenda’s MA in Criminology/ Sociology from the University of Iowa, 1982.

For more information see Brenda F Seals Vita, July, 2012
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