Faculty and Staff
Shaun Owens, Ph.D., MPH
|College of Social Work|
Health and Cancer Communications with diverse populations
Technology for health promotion and informed decision making in aging adults
Smart and connected health
Professor Shaun Owens joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2014, where he is also director for the Healthy Aging Research and Technology (HART) Lab. The lab focuses on community-led development and evaluation of translational, technology-based solutions to help older adults make informed health decisions that will enable them to age in place. Prior to joining the College of Social Work, he was a research coordinator for the Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program.
Owens’ research interests are health and cancer communications with diverse populations, technology for health promotion and informed decision making in aging adults, smart and connected health. He is currently working on three externally-funded research awards. Owens is principal investigator on National Cancer Institute-funded research, though the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program, to study the effect of emotions in decisions regarding prostate cancer treatment. Through the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, Owens serves as co-investigator on a project to develop a mobile app utilizing culturally-appropriate and mindful strategies in helping alleviate lung cancer symptoms. In addition, Owens is co-investigator (along with private investigator Professor Sue Levkoff) on a National Institute for Aging-funded grant to establish the South Carolina Advancing Diversity in Aging Research undergraduate program.
Owens recent publications focus on the investigation of technology for cancer decision making. He has co-authored scientific journal articles on topics including, the recruitment of African-American men for a prostate cancer education program, the iterative development of a computer-based decision aid for prostate cancer and building an evidence base for promoting informed prostate cancer screening. His publications have been featured in scholarly journals, including Qualitative Social Work, Ethnicity & Disease, the American Journal of Health Education, and the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Owens received his Master of Public, Health Management and Policy from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. He earned his Ph.D. in health promotion, education and behavior from the University of South Carolina.