Sonya Brady, PhD, LP

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Sonya Brady

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-4026

Office Address:
West Bank Office Building, 300

Mailing Address:
1300 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Clinical Psychology and Biological/Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

MS, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

BS, Psychology and Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University


My program of research examines how normative developmental experiences and stressful life experiences can influence health risk behaviors among youth, and how assets of individuals and their families, peers, schools, and communities can promote health protective behaviors. This includes research on mental health and emotional well-being, sexual health, violence exposure, substance use, and health equity. My research utilizes technology to measure and promote health protective behaviors among youth. It also utilizes community partnerships and coalitions to reach diverse communities.

More recently, I have discovered the rewards of applying my teaching interests to advance transdisciplinary science. I am a co-investigator of the ambitious Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). We are applying a prevention science research paradigm in a domain of health that has traditionally been focused on the detection and treatment of illness. One of my roles is to assist the consortium in developing a conceptual framework to guide the consortium’s etiologic research, as well as future prevention efforts to improve the health of girls and women across the life course. 


Equity, mental health, adolescent health, community engagement, theory and conceptual models, substance use, violence exposure, sexual health, stress & coping, resilience 

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2019, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, "Communities Invested in Healthy Life Trajectories of African American Boys," Principal Investigator
  • 2018-2023, NIH NICHD, "Sexual pain and female genital cutting (FGC) among Somali women in Minnesota," Co-Investigator
  • 2015–2020, NIH NIDDK, "Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (PLUS-SDCC) (U01)," Co-Investigator


See a full list of my publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Brady, S. S., Connor, J. J., Chaisson, N., Mohamed, F. S., & Robinson, B. E. (In Press). Female genital cutting and deinfibulation: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to research and practice. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Brady, S. S., Bavendam, T., Berry, A., Fok, C. S., Gahagan, S., Goode, P. S., Hardacker, C. T., Hebert-Beirne, J., Lewis, C. E., Lewis, J. B., Low, L. K., Lowder, J. L., Palmer, M. H., Wyman, J. F., & Lukacz, E. S., for the PLUS Consortium. (2018). The Prevention of Lower Urinary tract Symptoms (PLUS) in girls and women: Developing a conceptual framework for a prevention research agenda. Neurourology & Urodynamics, 37, 2951-2964.
  • Brady, S. S., Parker, C. J., Jeffries, E. F., Simpson, T. Y., Brooke-Weiss, B. L., & Haggerty, K. P. (2018). Implementing Communities That Care: Challenges, solutions, and opportunities in an urban setting. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 55 (5S1), S70-S81.


Teaching Areas

I teach within the Community Health Promotion and Maternal and Child Health programs and courses within the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health


  • PubH 6050, Community Health Theory and Practice I
  • PubH 6334, Human Behavior II
  • PubH 6607, Adolescent Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies


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