Sharon S. Laing (Steele), Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone
253-692-4475
Campus Box
358421
Adjunct Assistant Professor, UW School of Public Health, Health Services Department
Unit: 
Degrees
PhD
Developmental Psychology
Howard University
2005
MS
Developmental Psychology
Howard University
1998
BA, Honors
Psychology
McMaster University
1991
Introduction

Sharon Laing joined the faculty of the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) in 2015. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Rutgers University’s Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute and University of Washington Seattle, Health Promotion Research Center, where she is currently an affiliate research investigator. Dr. Laing is the recipient of several awards and honors including a pre-doctoral award from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Medical Research program and an American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation research award for her work in healthcare decision-making and mammography utilization. She later received an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Minority Scholar award for this work.

Dr. Laing has engaged in health services research targeting cancer prevention/control and workplace wellness. She is committed to community-based health research evaluating the intersection of socio-cultural, psychologic, environmental and patient health status factors. Her current research is a multi-site effort investigating the role of mobile technology as a potential tool to facilitate patient self-management and enhanced patient-healthcare system interactions for low income communities.

Scholarly Interests

·         Community-based health promotion

·         Patient-centered outcome research

·         Social and psychological determinants of health

·         Health inequalities and disparities

·         Cancer prevention and control

·         Mobile health promotion (mHealth) 

Methodologies

·         Quantitative Research

·         Qualitative Research

·         Mixed Methods Research

·         Ecological Momentary Interventions

Publication Date Bibliographic Citation
2016

Laing SS, and Jones SM. 2016. Anxiety and depression mediate the relationship between perceived workplace health support and presenteeism: A cross-sectional analysis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol 58 (11): 1144 - 1149

2015

Chen Lu, Hannon PA, Laing SS, Kohn MJ, Clark K, Pritchard S, Harris JR. 2015. Perceived workplace health support is associated with employee productivity.  American Journal of Health Promotion: January/February 2015, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 139-146.

2014

Laing SS, Bogart A, Chubak J, Fuller S, Green BB. 2014. Psychological distress after a positive fecal occult blood test result among members of an integrated healthcare delivery system. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, vol. 23(1): 154-159.

2013

Chubak J, Bogart A, Fuller S, Laing SS, Green BB. 2013. Uptake and positive predictive value of fecal occult blood tests: a randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, vol. 57 (5): 671-78.

2012

Green B, Bogart A, Chubak J, Vernon S, Morales L, Meenan R, Laing SS, Fuller S, Ko C, Wang CY. 2012. Nonparticipation in a population-based trial to increase colorectal cancer screening. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(4): 390-397.

2012

Laing SS, Hannon PA, Talburt A, Kimpe S, Williams B, Harris JR. 2012. Increasing evidence-based workplace health promotion best practices in small and low-wage companies, Mason County, Washington, 2009. Preventing Chronic Disease, 9:110186. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.110186.