A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Susanne B. Montgomery, PhD, MPH, MS

Susanne Montgomery, PhD, MPH, MS

Associate Dean for Research, School of Behavioral Health
Director of Research, Behavioral Health Institute
Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology

Contact Information

Email smontgomery@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-9586
Fax 909-558-9593

Behavioral Health Institute, Office 2213
1686 Barton Rd., Redlands, CA  92373

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Health Behavior/EPI - University of Michigan, 1987
  • MPH, Health Behavior - University of Michigan, 1984
  • MS equiv., Nutritional Science - Justus Liebig Universität, Giessen, Germany, 1982

Areas of Specialization

  • Research design and analyses
  • Translational research (clinical and applied)
  • Community involved and based research
  • Health disparities research
  • Program evaluation and evaluation research

Recent Publications

  • Spencer-Hwang R, Soret S, Valladares J, Torres X, Pasco-Rubio M, Dougherty M, Kim W, and Montgomery SB. "Strategic Partnerships for Change in an Environmental Justice Community: ENRRICH Study." Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, Action. 2016.
  • Roberts LR, Montgomery SB. "Mindfulness-based Intervention for Perinatal Grief in Rural India: Improved Mental Health at 12 Months Follow-up." Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 2016 DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1236864.
  • Sanchez TW, Zhang G, Li J, Dai L, Mirshahidi S, Wall NR, Yates C, Wilson C, Montgomery S, Zhang JY, Casiano CA. Immunoproteomic profiling in African American men with prostate cancer: evidence for an autoantibody response to glycolysis and plasminogen-associated proteins. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. 2016 Oct. 14.
  • Alemi Q, James S, Montgomery SB. (2016). Contextualizing Afghan refugee views of depression through narratives of trauma, resettlement stress, and coping. Transcultural Psychiatry, 53(5), 630-653.
  • Alemi Q, Stempel C, Baek K, Lares L, Villa P, Danis D, Montgomery SB. Impact of Post-Migration Living Difficulties on the Mental Health of Afghan Migrants Residing in Istanbul." International Journal of Population Research, accepted 8/16.
  • Dos Santos H, Bredehoft Dinhluu M, Gonzalez  FM, SB Montgomery (2016). Exercise Video Games and Exercise Self-Efficacy in Children. Global Pediatric Health: Volume 3: 1–6. DOI: 10.1177/2333794X16644139.
  • Roberts LR. and Montgomery SB. (2016) "Mindfulness-based Intervention for Perinatal Grief Education and Reduction among Poor Women in Chhattisgarh, India: a Pilot Study," Interdisciplinary Journal of Best Practices in Global Development: Vol. 2, Article 1.
  • Laura S, Adkins-Jackson PB, Clark P, Mitchell E, Montgomery SB. A Review of Hair Product use on Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women. Cancer Medicine, January 2016.
  • Roberts LR, Mann SK, Montgomery SB. Mental health and socio-cultural determinants in an Asian-Indian community. Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance. 2016 Family & Community Health in the Journal of Health Promotion & Maintenance, special issue on Immigrant Health. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000087.
  • Spencer-Hwang R, Soret S, Rizzo N and Montgomery SB. (2016) Gender Differences in Respiratory Health of School Children Exposed to Railyard-Generated Air Pollution: The ENRRICH Study. Journal of Environmental Health: Vol 78.6 p.8-16
  • Roberts LR, Montgomery SB (2016). India’s Distorted Sex Ratio: Dire Consequences for Girls, Journal of Christian Nursing, 33(1), E7-E15.
  • Roberts L, Mann S, Montgomery SB. (2016). Depression, A Hidden Mental Health Disparities in an Asian Indian Immigrant Community, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. (Special Issue: Proceedings from the NIH 2014 Minority Health & Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference) 13 (1); doi:10.3390/ijerph13010027.
  • Laura S, Adkins-Jackson PB, Clark P, Mitchell E, Montgomery SB. A Review of Hair Product use on Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women. Cancer Medicine, January 2016.
  • Emerson ND, Distelberg B, Morell ER, Williams-Reade J, Tapanes D, Montgomery SB (2015). Quality of Life and School Absenteeism in Children with Chronic Illness. The Journal of School Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/1059840515615401.
  • Roberts LR & Montgomery SB. (2015). Mindfulness-based Intervention for Perinatal Grief after Stillbirth in Rural India. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36:222–230, DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2014.962676.
  • Roberts LR, Montgomery SB (2016).  India’s Distorted Sex Ratio: Dire Consequences for Girls, Journal of Christian Nursing, 33(1), E7-E15.
  • Roberts LR, Schuh H, Sherzai D, Belliard JC, Montgomery SB. (2015) Exploring Experiences and Perceptions of Aging and Cognitive Decline across Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/2333721415596101.
  • Sanchez T, Montgomery SB, Wilson C, Zhang J, Casiano CA Diagnostic Utility of Tumor Associated Autoantigen Panels for Autoantibody Profiling in Cancer: Recent Advances and Future Directions. Autoantigen, Autoantibodies, and Autoimmunity, vol 10, proceedings of the 12th Dresden Symposium on Autoantibodies, September 2015, Dresden, Germany.
  • Montgomery SB, De Borba-Silva M, Singh P, dos Santos H, Jaykarian J, Brink T (2015) Exploring Demographic and Substance Use Correlates of Hookah Use in a Sample of Southern California Community. California Journal of  Health Promotion, Vol 13(1), 26-37.
  • Freeman K, James S, Mayo D, Montgomery SB. Outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents Engaged in Deliberate Self-Harm: Conceptual and Methodological Consideration. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. DOI 10.1007/s10560-015-0412-6.
  • Alemi Q, James S, Montgomery SB. Contextualizing Afghan Refugee Views of Depression through Narratives of Trauma, Resettlement Stress, and Coping. The Journal of Transcultural Psychiatry. May 2015.
  • Tapanes D, Distelberg B, Williams-Reade J., Montgomery SB. MEND Biopsychosocial Intervention for Pediatric Chronic Illness (2015). Journal of Family Psychotherapy. 26, p 3-8. DOI: 10.1080/08975353.2015.
  • Spencer-Hwang R, Soret S, Knutsen S, Shavlik D, Beeson, W.L, Ghamsary M, Kim W, Montgomery SB. Respiratory Health Risks for Children Living Near a Major Railyard. Journal of Community Health. 2015 Apr 19.
  • Hilton T, Herring P, Gamboa-Maldonado T, Bahjri K, Sinclair R, McLaughlin B, Montgomery SB. Perceived Attitudes and Staff Roles of Community-based Outpatient Clinics in Natural Disaster Management; Federal Practitioner, 8, 2015, 12-19.
  • Reinsma KR, Bolima N, Fonteh F, Okwen P, Yota D, Siapco G, Montgomery SB. Bobbi Be Best: The development and evaluation of an audio program and discussion guide to promote exclusive breastfeeding in Cameroon, Central Africa. Global Health Promotion, Vol0 (0): 1-13. 2015 DOI: 10.1177/1757975914556786 http://ghp.sagepub.com.
  • Spencer-Hwang R, Soret S, Dougherty M, Valladares J, Rangel S, Gleason P, Montgomery SB. Residential perspective on life near a major railyard in San Bernardino, California: The ENRRICH Study. Journal of Environmental Health, Vol 77, No 2, September, 2014.
  • James S, Freeman KR, Mayo D, Riggs M, Morgan JP, Schaepper M, Montgomery SB. Does Insurance Matter Implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Two Groups of Youth Engaged in Deliberate Self-Harm Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. DOI 10.1007/s10488-014-0588-7.
  • Spencer-Hwang R, Soret S, Halsted L, Dougherty M, Valladares J, Rangel S, Youssef C, Gamboa-Maldonado T, Montgomery SB. Making Human Subject Protection Training Community Responsive: Experiences Delivering on the CBPR Promise. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, 2014 Summer;8(2):215-24. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2014.0031.
  • Herring P, Butler T, Hall S, Bennett H, Montgomery SB, Fraser G. Recruiting and motivating black subjects to complete a lengthy survey in a large cohort study: an exploration of different strategies. BMC Medical Research Methodology. April 2014.
  • Distelberg B, Williams-Reade J, Tapanes D, Montgomery SB, Pandit M. Evaluation of a Family Systems Approach to Managing Pediatric Chronic Illness: Managing Each New Direction (MEND). Family Process. DOI:10.1111/famp.12066. April 2014.
  • Roberts LR, Montgomery, SB. (2014). Abstract; Mindfulness Intervention for Perinatal Grief: A Pilot and Feasibility Study in Rural India. STTI. 02.01.03.042.
  • Lino, S., Hopp-Marshak, H., Herring, P., Belliard, J., Hilliard, C., Campell, D., Montgomery, S. Using the theory of planned behavior to explore attitudes and beliefs about dietary supplements among HIV-positive Black women. (2014) Complementary Therapies in Medicine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2014.03.002.
  • Salud, M.C., Hopp Marshak, H, Natto, Z.S., Montgomery SB (2013). Exploring HIV-testing intentions in young Asian/Pacific Islander (API) women as it relates to acculturation, theory of gender and power (TGP), and the AIDS risk reduction model (ARRM). AIDS Care. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2013.84183.
  • Herring P, Butler T, Hall SL, Bennett H, Montgomery SB, Fraser GE. An Exploration of Different Methods to Promote the Enrollment of Black Subjects to a Large Cohort Study. BMC Public Health. September 2013.
  • Arthur K, Belliard J, Hardin S, Knecht K, Chen C, Montgomery SB. Reasons to use and disclose use of complementary medicine use-An insight from cancer patients. (2013). Cancer and Clinical Oncology, 2(2), 81-92.
  • James S, McField E, Montgomery SB. Risk Factor Profiles among Intravenous Drug Using Young Adults: A Latent Class Analysis (LCA) Approach. Addictive Behaviors, 2013 March; 38(3):1804–1811. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.09.002.
  • Spencer-Hwang R, Soret S, Knutsen S, Shavlik D, Beeson, W.L, Ghamsary M and Montgomery S.  Schoolchildren’s Respiratory Health and Proximity to a Major Goods Movement Railyard: The ENRRICH Project. Environmental Health Perspectives Journal, 2013.
  • Schubert C, Winslow G, Montgomery SB, Jadalla A. Defining Failure: The Language, Meaning and Ethics of Medical Error. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. November 2012 (p. 30-42) Vol. 2 No. 22.
  • Wheeler G, Montgomery SB, Beeson L, Bahjri K,  Shulz E, Firek A,  De Leon M, Cordero-MacIntyre Z. En Balance: The Effects of Spanish Diabetes Education on Physical Activity Changes and Diabetes Control. The Diabetes Educator, September/October, 2012 Vol. 38, No. 5.
  • Gamboa-Maldonado T, Hopp Marshak H, Sinclair R, Montgomery SB, Dyjack DT. Building Capacity for Community Disaster Preparedness: A Call for Collaboration Between Public Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs. Journal of Environmental Health, Volume 75 Number 2 September 2012.
  • Roberts L, Lee J, Anderson B, Montgomery SB. Grief and Women: Stillbirth in the Social Context of India. International Journal of Childbirth, 2(3), 187-198. doi: 10.1891/2156-5287.2.3.187 2012.
  • Roberts L, Montgomery SB, Lee JW, Anderson BA. Social and Cultural Factors Associated with Perinatal Grief in Chhattisgarh, India. Journal of Community Health, 37(3), 572-582. doi: 10.1007/s10900-011-9485-0 2012.
  • Reinsma K, Bolima  N, Fonteh F, Owen P, Yota D, Montgomery SB. Culture is central: Cultural beliefs and exclusive breastfeeding. African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, April-June 2012 Vol. 6, No 2.
  • Aja, GN, Modeste NN, Montgomery SB. Qualitative Inquiry Into Church-Based Assets for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control: A Forum Focus Group Discussion Approach. The Qualitative Report. January 2012; http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR17-1/aja.pdf.
  • Arthur, K., Belliard, J., Hardin, S., Knecht, K., Chen, C., Montgomery SB. Practices, attitudes, and beliefs associated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among cancer patients. (2012). Integrative Cancer Therapies, 11(3), 232-242.

Recent Presentations

 

  • Sanchez TW, Zhang G, Li J, Liping D, Mirshahidi S, Wall NR, Yates C, Wilson C, Montgomery S, Zhang JY, Casiano CA. Immunoproteomic profiling in African American men with prostate cancer: evidence for an autoimmune response to glycolytic enzymes. 2016, AACR Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
  • Sanchez TW, Zhang G, Li J, Liping D, Mirshahidi S, Kellow R, Wall NR, Yates C, Wilson C, Montgomery S, Zhang JY, Casiano CA. Differential autoimmune response to glycolysis and plasminogen antigens from aggressive prostate cancer cells in African American and European American men with prostate cancer. 2016, AACR Annual Health Disparities Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Abstract Submitted.
  • Gamboa-Maldonado T, Fajardo A, Joachim-Celestin M, Duran JC, Montgomery SB. Vida Vibrante-A community-health worker led diabetes prevention and self-management intervention for Latinos. Panel presented at the 144st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting the October 29 - November 2, 2016 Denver, CO.
  • Omogbai C, Monice S, Turner B, Montgomery SB. Beauty Products: Do Black Women Perceive A Risk for Breast Cancer? Poster presented at the 144st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting the October 29 - November 2, 2016 Denver, CO.
  • Joachim-Celestin M, Montgomery SB, Dos Santos H , Ghamsary M, Gamboa T. Investigating the readiness of Latino adults to adopt diabetes preventive behaviors. Roundtable presented at the 144st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting the October 29 - November 2, 2016 Denver, CO.
  • Teteh D, Monice S, Montgomery SB, Turner B, Clark P, Mitchel E. I have cancer, but it is not my time to die: Fatalism and breast cancer for African women living in the United States Poster presented at the 144st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting the October 29 - November 2, 2016 Denver, CO.
  • Reed RN, Stiel L, Montgomery SB. Discriminatory Experiences and Their Affect on Mammogram Screenings in Black Women. Poster presented at 144st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting the October 29 - November 2, 2016 Denver, CO.
  • Baek K, Mann SK, Qais A, Montgomery SB. Quality of Life, Optimism, and Health Status in a Low-Income Community in Southern California 144st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting Presented at the October 29 - November 2, 2016 Denver, CO.
  • Gamboa-Maldonado T, Belliard JC, Montgomery SB. Promotor Academy-a Community Academic Partnership: Methods for training and equipping CHWs to address specific populations. Roundtable presented at the 144st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting the October 29 - November 2, 2016 Denver, CO.
  • Roberts L, Montgomery SB. Addressing stillbirth in India and why men must be included. Poster presented at the 144st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting at the October 29 - November 2, 2016 Denver, CO.
  • Montgomery S, Distelberg B, An Exploration in Research: The Behavioral Health Institute and the Behavioral Medicine Center at Loma Linda University Department of Psychiatry/School of Behavioral Health Grand Rounds Presentation w/ BHi Shares October 2016, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Buckles B, Montgomery SB. Community Resilience Model (CRM) &  Mental Health First Aid and other Approaches to Deal With Trauma in Low Resource Settings. Invited Guest for Topical Discussion- World Health Organization October 2016 Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Alido A, Villalpando L., Clayton B, Ballinger R, Freeman K. Montgomery SB, James  S. (2016, August). Predictors of dropout among suicidal adolescents in group therapy. Poster presented at the Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium, Loma Linda, CA. 
  • Nwosu J, Herman S, Ballinger R, Turner B, Freeman, K, Montgomery SB. (2016, August). Influencers of adolescent depression and Stage 2 DBT readiness. Poster presented at the Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Emerson ND, Distelberg B, Tapanes D, Gavaza P, Brown W, Shah H, Williams-Reade J, Montgomery SB. (April, 2016). Cost-benefit of a family systems intervention for managing pediatric chronic illness. Poster to be presented at the 96th Annual Western Psychological Association Conference, Long Beach, CA. Abstract Submitted.
  • Obenaus A, Arechiga A, Montgomery SB, Freeman K. Trauma Resiliency Biomarker Research.  Creating Peace and Eliminating Conflict in your Life and Home. Rotary World Peace Conference January 2016, Ontario, CA
  • Alemi Q, Baek K, Siddiq H, Montgomery SB (2016). “Effect of perceived discrimination on depressive symptoms in 1st- and 2nd-generation Afghan-Americans. Presentation for 76th Society for Applied Anthropology, Session on Dietary and Health Issues among Refugees, Vancouver, BC.
  • Tapanes D, Distelberg B, Williams-Reade J, Pandit M, Montgomery SB (2015): MEND: A multi-dimensional Family Systems Based Approach to Pediatric Chronic Illness. Presentation at the National Council on Family Relations. Vancouver BC.
  • Distelberg B, Tapanes D, Emerson N, Williams-Reade J, Montgomery SB, Pandit M (2015): Pilot Study Outcomes of MEND: Family Based Approach to Pediatric Chronic Illness. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations. Vancouver BC.

Community Engagement

  • External Review Board Member, University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine, Center for Healthy Communities (2015-present)
  • Loma Linda University International Behavioral Health Trauma Team (2013-present)
  • Riverside First Five (community asthma prevention project) (2012-present)
  • Desert Highland Gateway Health & Wellness Committee, Desert Healthcare District/Foundation (2012-present)
  • Loma Linda University Institute for Community Partnerships (2011-present)
  • Healthy Heritage Movement (2010-present)
  • Quinn Community Outreach Services (2010-present)
  • Board Member, KERUS Global Education (2010-present)
  • College of Reviewers, and reviewer for special initiatives, National Institute for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (2010-present)
  • Consultant and Evaluator, Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. (teen pregnancy prevention and life skills education programs) (2008-present)
  • Consultant and Evaluator, Chino Valley Unified School District (alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention) (2007-present)
  • El Sol Neighborhood Community Services (2005-present)
  • Kansas Avenue SDA and Brooklyn SDA Churches (men's health fairs with an emphasis on prostate cancer prevention) (2012-2013)