Sudha Shreeniwas, PHD



Associate Professor

Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Research Fellow, Center for New North Carolinians


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Undergraduate Students mentored


Ph.D. University of Michigan (Sociology and Population Studies) 1992


Community engaged research on:

  • Family relationships and adult health among immigrant/refugee communities in the US

  • Participatory arts and neuropsychiatric symptoms among seniors with memory symptoms

  • Needs of older refugees

  • Elder abuse and neglect

  • Gender based violence and women’s use of reproductive health care

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / Involve community engagement

*Undergraduate student co-authors

**Graduate student co-authors

#Community partner co-authors

** Al Amin, S., Morrison, S. D., & Sudha, S. (2020). Small and Invisible, Yet Strong and Impactful: North Carolina's Montagnard Community Responds to COVID-19. North Carolina Medical Journal, 81(6), 408-408. DOI:

MM Malotky, *K Mayes, *K Price, *G Smith, *S Mann, *M Guinyard, S Veale, #*H'L Mlo, #*L Siuh, #*V Ksor, #A J Young, M B Nsonwu, S D Morrison, S Sudha, KM Bernot (2020) Fostering Inclusion through an Inter-institutional, Community-engaged, Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education April 2020 21(1) pp 1-13 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.1939

S. D. Morrison, S. Sudha, Andrew Young, #Y Bhim Nie, #H Wier Siu, #*H’Yua Adrong, and **Janet Sayers. (2018) When community calls, we collaborate! Implementing a Community-based participatory research project with the multi-language Montagnard refugee community Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 2(12) 179-186 doi:10.1353/cpr.2018.0038

Sudha S., Morrison S.D., **Adegbesan I., **Al-Amin S., **Birabwa J., *Baity A. (2021) Needs Assessment of older adults in two refugee communities in Greensboro: A detailed report Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Department of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Submitted to CNNC, UNCG-ICEE, and PTRC-AAA.

S. Sudha and #N. Khadka (2020) Knowledge of and resources for elder abuse and neglect in diverse language refugee communities in Greensboro, NC, Technical Report submitted to CDLC UNCG, and to Institute for Peace and Harmony, Greensboro NC.

S. Sudha, S. Morrison, A. Young,H Adrong (2016) “This is health for all!” Technical report of the 2016 Montagnard Health Fair planned and conducted by the Montagnard Health Disparities Network submitted to the CDLC, UNCG.

SELECTED GRANTS RECEIVED / Involve community engagement

“Needs assessment of Montagnard refugee older adults in the Piedmont Triad, NC” PI S. Shreeniwas, Co Investigators S. D. Morrison, A. Young, H. Adrong. $3,250 HES Foundation 2019

“Collaboration, Diversity, and Inclusion in a Tri-Institutional CURE / IURE / Service Learning Research Project” UNC General Administration $26,250 (PI: Kelsie Bernot NC A&T, Co-PI: Maura Nsonwu NC A&T, Subaward PI: Sharon Morrison UNCG PHE, Subaward Co-PI: Sudha Shreeniwas UNCG HDFS) $ 25,000 2016-2017.

“Montagnard/Southeast Asian Health Disparities Research Network (MSAHDRN)” awarded by the School of Health and Human Sciences’ Building Collaborations Initiative. In partnership with Dr. Sharon Morrison (PHE) and Montagnard community organizations. $2,000 – 2019

“This is health for our families!” Small grant to conduct a program with diverse language communities, to conduct a health fair with a focus on hypertension. Awarded by the CDLC, UNCG. $ 3,000. 2016

“Biosocial factors in hypertension among SE Asian refugee communities in the US South.” Awarded from the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences Research Excellence Grant $ 10,000 2015

“Family factors associated with hypertension among the Montagnard refugee/immigrant community in NC” and “Household food insecurity and hypertension status in Montagnard young adults”. Total support received (URSCO and OLSL) $ 5,000 2014-2015.

“Family relationships, household strategies, and hypertension risk in S.E. Asian Adults in the US South.” $ 8,000 pilot funding from HDFS UNCG; PI Sudha Shreeniwas, co-PIs Jigna Dharod, Sharon Morrison, Andrew Young 5/1/13 – 2018


2021 UNCG 2021 Thomas Undergraduate Mentor Award jointly with Dr. Sharon Morrison

2019 The 2019 Community Outcomes and Impacts Award from the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

2019 Selected as a Victor Marshall Fellow of the Southern Gerontological Society

2019 Provost's Annual Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Distinction

2018 Awarded the Southern Gerontological Society Applied Gerontologist Award

2017 Awarded the UNCG HHS Community Engaged Scholar Award


Non-voting Faculty Advisor for the MDA/MAO Community Advisory Council 2020-present

Member of Community Advocates Advisory Committee for Project CLICC NC Governor’s Crime Commission 2018-2020