Dr. Angela Bowman

Assistant Professor

Dr. Angela Bowman
(615) 898-5241
Room 124, Murphy Center (MC)
MTSU Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, Middle Tennessee State University (2018)
  • MA, Middle Tennessee State University (2014)
  • BA, Eastern Illinois University (2011)

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Bowman's research interests include the measurement and modeling of social determinants of health, as well as social inequalities and inequities that contribute to health disparities.  Her work combines the rigors of statistics, psychometrics, and epidemiology to understand the ways in which personal, social, political, economic, and cultural circumstances influence healthcare utilization and the onset or progression of disease. 

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Dr. Bowman's research interests include the measurement and modeling of social determinants of health, as well as social inequalities and inequities that contribute to health disparities.  Her work combines the rigors of statistics, psychometrics, and epidemiology to understand the ways in which personal, social, political, economic, and cultural circumstances influence healthcare utilization and the onset or progression of disease. 

More specifically, Dr. Bowman’s research foci include:

  • the ways stigma and discrimination toward mental illness interact with psychological health assets to influence access to care and chronic disease outcomes among those with a mental illness,
  • the linkages between access to care and patient assessment of quality care in rare disease populations, and
  • health-related quality of life in rare disease patients including measurement of patient reported outcomes of treatment and symptom management.

 

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Biography

Dr. Bowman holds a master's in Quantitative Psychology and a doctorate in Human Performance with a concentration in Health from Middle Tennessee State University. She has extensive experience in applied statistics and advanced psychometrics, including expertise in scale development and evaluation.

 

Publications

Prairie, T. M., Wrye, B., Bowman, A. S., Weatherby, N. L., & Thareja, G. (2019). Does location of practice or religiosity predict negative physician attitudes or beliefs toward LGB+ individual?. Journal of Religion and Health, 1, 1-11, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-019-00894-8  

Bowman, A. S., Owusu, A., Trueblood, A. B., & Bosumtwi-Sam, C. (2018). Impact of school health management committees on health ser...

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Prairie, T. M., Wrye, B., Bowman, A. S., Weatherby, N. L., & Thareja, G. (2019). Does location of practice or religiosity predict negative physician attitudes or beliefs toward LGB+ individual?. Journal of Religion and Health, 1, 1-11, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-019-00894-8  

Bowman, A. S., Owusu, A., Trueblood, A. B., & Bosumtwi-Sam, C. (2018). Impact of school health management committees on health services delivery in Ghana: A national level assessment. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 33(3), e821 – e832, DOI:10.1002/hpm.2540  

Owusu, A., Bowman, A. S., Bosumtwi-Sam, C., Prairie, T., Trueblood, A., & Flores, K. (2017). 2015 Global school health policies and practices survey (G-SHPPS): Ghana report basic and secondary schools. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & World Health Organization (WHO), Atlanta GA & Geneva Switzerland.  

Owusu, A., Bowman, A. S., Shires, C., & Bosumtwi-Sam, C. (2017). Ghana Education Services: 2015 Ghana School Health Policies and Practices Survey Fact Sheet. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & World Health Organization (WHO), Atlanta GA & Geneva Switzerland. Owusu, A.,

Bowman, A. S., Bosumtwi-Sam, C., Prairie, T., Trueblood, A., & Flores, K. (2017). Predictors and implementation rates of recommended minimum package for school level health services delivery in Ghana. Ghana Education Evidence Summit, Accra Ghana.  

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Presentations

Oral
Bowman, A. S., Haley, C., Jennings, S. V., Slee, V. M., Hempstead, J., Slee, A. M., Castells, M. C., & Akin, C., (2019). Impact of access to specialized care on patient perception of well-being and quality of care in a rare disease population. American Public Health Association [APHA] Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.  

Jennings, S. V., Slee, V. M.,...

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Oral
Bowman, A. S., Haley, C., Jennings, S. V., Slee, V. M., Hempstead, J., Slee, A. M., Castells, M. C., & Akin, C., (2019). Impact of access to specialized care on patient perception of well-being and quality of care in a rare disease population. American Public Health Association [APHA] Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.  

Jennings, S. V., Slee, V. M., Hempstead, J., Slee, A. M., Castells, M, Akin, C., & Bowman, A. (2018). Patient perceptions of mast cell activation syndrome. National Institutes of Health [NIH] National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NAID] Workshop on Mast Cell Disorders, Invited Talk, Bethesda, MD.

Owusu, A., Bowman, A. S., Flores, K, Bosumtwi-Sam, C. (2017). Adoption and implementation of Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation (WASH) policy guidelines among primary and secondary schools in Ghana. American Public Health Association [APHA] Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA.  

Owusu, A. & Bowman, A. S. (2017, March). Predictors and implementation rates: Health services delivery and WASH components among basic and secondary schools in Ghana. Ghana Education Evidence Summit, Accra, Ghana.  

Recent Posters (see CV for complete list)
Bowman, A. S., Haley, C., Jennings, S. V., Slee, V. M., Hempstead, J. B., Slee, A. M., Castells, M. C., & Akin, C., (2019). Impact of clonal and nonclonal mast cell activation disorders as chronic diseases with mental health components. American Public Health Association [APHA] Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.  

Rajvong, W., Owusu, A. O., & Bowman, A. S., Wrye, B. (2019). An examination of Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and associated factors among adults in the United States. American Public Health Association [APHA] Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.  

Wrye, B., Dickson, P., & Bowman, A. S. (2019). Exploring the complex relationship between the adverse childhood experience of forced sexual contact and high risk sexual behavior, and their effect on weight status among adolescent girls. American Public Health Association [APHA] Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.  

Jennings, S. V., Slee, V. M., Hempstead, J. B., Slee, A. M., Castells, M. C., Akin, C., Bowman, A. S. (2019) The Mastocytosis Society MCAS and Mastocytosis: Reported diagnosis groups-medications and elevated mediator associations. Inaugural American Initiative in Mast Cell Diseases Investigator Conference, Standord, CA.

Jennings, S. V., Slee, V. M., Hempstead, J. B., Slee, A. M., Castells, M. C., Akin, C., Bowman, A. S. (2019) The Mastocytosis Society MCAS and Mastocytosis: Reported diagnosis groups-medications and elevated mediator associations. The Mastocytosis Society Annual Patient and Caregiver Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Haley, C., Patrick, S., & Bowman, A. S. (2019). Exploring the complexity of the bidirectional relationship between symptoms of mental illness and chronic disease progression in a rare disease population. MTSU Scholars Week, Murfreesboro, TN.  

Jennings, S. V., Slee, V. M., Hempstead, J. B., Slee, A. M., Castells, M. C., Akin, C., Bowman, A. S. (2019) The Mastocytosis Society mast cell activation syndrome patient perception survey. American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  

Bowman, A. S., Prairie, T. P., Weatherby, N. L., Owusu, A., & Story, C. (2018). Using mental health literacy to predict skepticism toward treatment and stigmatizing attitudes against mental illness. American Public Health Association [APHA] Annual Meeting, San Diego CA.  

Bowman, A. S., Trueblood, A. B., Owusu, A., Bosumtwi-Sam, C., Story, C., & Wrye, B.. (2018). Educational access equity: Determinants of implementation of menstruation and pregnancy related school health policies in Ghana. American Public Health Association [APHA] Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

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Awards

3rd Place Award: MTSU Scholars Week 2018, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
1st Place Award: MTSU Scholars Week 2016, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
Psi Chi National Honors Society

Notable Awards of Mentored Students
Chanell Haley
1st Place Award: MTSU Scholars Week 2019, CBHS Graduate Student
Willie Rajvong
1st Place Award: MTSU Scholars Week 2018, CBHS Graduate Student
Miranda Givens
1st Place Award: MTSU Scholars Week 2016, CBHS Undergraduate Student

 

Research / Scholarly Activity

Areas of interest and collaborations:

  • Scale development and validation
    • Using rigorous psychometric analyses to construct and validate measures of public health constructs
  • Mental health literacy programming as a means of reducing stigma toward mental illness and improving access to early intervention
    • Program evaluation
    • Measurement of mental health literacy (scale development)
    • Collaboration on a major SAMHSA grant ...
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Areas of interest and collaborations:

  • Scale development and validation
    • Using rigorous psychometric analyses to construct and validate measures of public health constructs
  • Mental health literacy programming as a means of reducing stigma toward mental illness and improving access to early intervention
    • Program evaluation
    • Measurement of mental health literacy (scale development)
    • Collaboration on a major SAMHSA grant to run Mental Health First Aid programming on MTSU campus 
  • Health related quality of life (HRQOL) in rare disease populations, specifically Mastocytosis and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
    • Factors that influence wellbeing and perception of disease severity
    • Access to quality care and treatment for orphan diseases and impact lack of care has on HRQOL
    • Collaboration with The Mastocytosis Society, Harvard Medical School, and University of Michigan Medical School
    • https://tmsforacure.org/mcas-survey-poster/
  • Measurement of Social Determinants of Health
    • Using advanced statistical modeling to examine the interaction of social determinants such as poverty and race  

Mentorship/Student Supervision

Doctoral Students
Chanell Haley (First Place MTSU Scholar’s Week Poster 2019)
Joyce A. Finch (Research Practicum)
Sarah Murfree (Dissertation Committee)
Cynthia M. Bass-Thomas (Dissertation Committee)
Dorothy E. Simmons (Dissertation Committee)

Masters Students
Nickie Detomasi (Thesis Committee/Chair)
Aubrenie Jones (Thesis Committee)
Tandra S. Gause (Thesis Committee)
Willie P. Rajvong (Thesis Committee)

Undergraduate Students
Sarah E. Patrick (URECA)

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Courses

Graduate:
HHP  7700 Advanced Data Analysis and Organization 
HHP  7060 Research Practicum
HLTH 6890 Social Epidemiology
HLTH 6750 Survey Methodology
HLTH 6710 Advanced Biostatistics

Undergraduate
HLTH 4270 Bioethical Issues
HLTH 4020 Biostatistics
HLTH 2600 Introduction to Health Professions