Sylvia Rozario, Ph.D., MPH., MBBS

Teaching Assistant Professor
(804) 828-1948
500 Academic Centre
1020 West Grace St.


2019 - Ph.D. in Epidemology, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA.

2015 - Master of Public Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA.

1988 - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Teaching Assignments

HPEX 357 - Personal Health and Behavior Change

HPEX 358 - Introduction to Epidemiology

Research Interests

My research interest is in maternal and child health epidemiology. My research focuses on maternal morbidities, intimate partner violence, maternal mental health, maternal physical activity, and interpregnancy interval affecting the pregnancy outcome. I am specifically interested in investigating the role of certain psychosocial, reproductive, and health behavioral factors in pregnancy-induced hypertension using a social determinants of health approach.

Select Publications

Rozario SS, Gondwe T, Masho SW. Pre-Pregnancy Intimate Partner Violence and Short Interbirth Interval: The Role of Insurance Status. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2020. (Online First ahead of print)

Rozario SS, Gondwe T. Gender Differences in the Association between Mental Health Status, Hypertension, and Emergency Department Visits in the United States. In press: Journal of Health Psychology.

Rozario SS, Adera T. Association between Prepregnancy Depression and Pregnancy Induced Hypertension: Role of Race/Ethnicity. In press: Journal of Pregnancy.

Masho SW, Rozario SS, Ferrance J. Addressing Intimate Partner Violence around the Time of Pregnancy and Utilization of WIC Services. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2019; 23:1648–1657. 

Rozario SS, Masho SW. The associations between mental health status, hypertension, and hospital inpatient visits in women in the United States. American Journal of Hypertension. 2018; 31(7):804-810.

Ihongbe T, Wallenborn JT, Rozario SS, Masho SW. Interpregnancy interval and Adverse Birth Outcomes in Women of Advanced Age: A Population-based Study. Annals of Epidemiology. 2018; 28(9):605-611.

Masho SW, Rozario S, Walker D’W, Cha S. Racial Differences and the Role of Marital Status in the Association between Intimate Partner Violence and Unintended Pregnancy. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2018; 33(20): 3162-3185.

Wallenborn JT, Ihongbe T, Rozario SS, Masho SW. Knowledge of Breastfeeding Recommendations and Breastfeeding Duration: A Survival Analysis on Infant Feeding Practices. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2017; 12(3):1-7. 


Dissertation Assistantship Award: Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate School, 2018-2019

Best Research Poster/Honorable Mention (Community and Public Health Research), Women’s Health 2019, Norfolk, VA.

Best Research Poster/Honorable Mention (Clinical and Translational Research), Women’s Health 2018, Washington D.C. 

Watts Award (Outstanding Scientific Research Presenter): 34th Annual Daniel T. Watts Research Poster Symposium, 2017

Best Research Poster/Honorable Mention (Community and Public Health Research), Women’s Health 2016, Washington D.C.

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarly Achievement Award, 2015

WALLER Award - Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine – 2014