Sonja Brady

Sonja Brady, Ph.D.

ITR Affiliate Faculty

Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Sonya’s program of research examines the influence of psychosocial factors on health risk and health protective behaviors during adolescence and young adulthood. She has studied how normative developmental experiences may influence risk and protective behaviors. In addition, she has studied mechanisms linking stressful life circumstances to risk behavior and factors promoting resilience. Sonya’s research includes the evaluation of prevention interventions. She has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate web-based health promotion courses and interventions. Sonya is currently an investigator with CHAAMPS (Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships), funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Sonya’s team is building community coalitions in St. Paul, MN and Birmingham, AL that will select, refine, implement, and evaluate evidence-based prevention programs for African American youth and their families. In addition to conducting research, Sonya teaches courses on community health theory and practice and adolescent health within the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.