Cheryl L. Knott
Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
Director, CHAMP (Community Health Awareness, Messages, and Prevention) Lab; Co-Leader for Population Science Program and Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
Other Affiliations: Center for Health Behavior Research, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, UMD Prevention Research Center
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1234W
Phone: (301) 405-6659 |
Laboratory Website: 
Community Health Awareness, Messages, & Prevention (CHAMP)
Office Hours: 

By appointment.


Dr. Cheryl L. Knott, PhD, FAAHB is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Co-Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research, in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She is a member of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as Co-Leader of the Population Science program and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement. She is founding Director of the Community Health Awareness, Messages, and Prevention research lab. Dr. Knott holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.  Her health disparities research involves community-based health communication studies, and the role of culture in health cognitions and behaviors.  Dr. Knott's research program has generated more than $13 million in extramural support as Principal Investigator, from sources such as the NIH and ACS.  The program has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, most including student co-authors. Dr. Knott's research program involves community-engaged translational research in dissemination/implementation science, where she aims to find ways to increase use of evidence-based interventions in cancer control, primarily working through faith-based organizations.  Her research program also involves the scientific study of religious involvement in health among African Americans, which she uses to inform her intervention research.

Education and Training

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO Doctorate in Applied/Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology Concentration, 1997-2001

East Tennessee University, Johnson City, Tennessee Masters in General Psychology 1995-1997

State University of New York College at Brockport, Brockport, New York Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minor in Sociology (Cum Laude) 1991-1995


Health Behavior, HLTH 230

Community Engaged Research, HLTH 498R

Health Behavior II, HLTH 666

Health Informatics and Communiction, HLTH 670

Professional Writing and Presentations, HLTH 742

Honors and Awards

2016: Best of the Best plenary session, International Cancer Education Conference

2016: Abstract Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine

2013: Research and Development Award, University of Maryland, School of Public Health

2012: Fellow, American Academy of Health Behavior

2012: Delta Omega, National Honorary Society in Public Health, Gamma Zeta Chapter

2008:  Early Investigator Award for Spirituality and Health Research (Honorable Mention); Society of Behavioral Medicine

2003-2009: Student Loan Repayment Program in Health Disparities; National Institutes of Health

2003-2004: Fellow:  Cancer, Culture, and Literacy Institute, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida 


Santos, S.L.Z., Tagai, E.K., Wang, M.Q., Scheirer, M.A., Slade, J.L., & Holt, C.L.  (In Press).  Feasibility of a web-based training system for peer community health advisors in cancer early detection among African Americans.  American Journal of Public Health.

Caplan, L., Sawyer, P., Holt, C.L., & Brown, C.  (In Press).  Religiosity after a diagnosis of cancer among older adults.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging.

Williams, B.R., Wang, M.Q., Schulz, E., Clark, E.M., & Holt, C.L.  (In Press).  Social integration and continuous health insurance among African American adults.  Journal of Women and Aging.

Dubay, D., Ivankova, N., Herby, I., Wynn, T.A., Kohler, C., Berry, B., Foushee, H., Carson, A., Redden, D.T., Holt, C.L., Siminoff, L., Fouad, M., & Martin, African American organ donor registration:  A mixed methods design using the Theory of Planned Behavior M.Y.  (In Press).  Progress in Transplantation.

Roth, D.L., Usher, T., Clark, E.M., & Holt, C.L.  (In Press).  Religious involvement and health over time:  Predictive effects in a national sample of African Americans.  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 

Santos, S.L.Z., Tagai, E.K., Scheirer, M.A., Bowie, J., Haider, M., Slade, J.,…Holt, C.L. (2016). Adoption, reach, and implementation of a cancer education intervention in African American churches. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Scheirer, M.A., Santos, S.L.Z., Tagai, E.K., Bowie, J., Slade, J., Carter, R., & Holt, C.L. (2016). Dimensions of sustainability for a health communication intervention in African American churches: A multi-methods study. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Holt, C. L., Tagai, E. K., Santos, S. L. Z., Scheirer, M. A., Bowie, J., Haider, M.,…Wang, M. Q. (2016). Is online comparable to in-person training for community health advisors conducting a church-based intervention? Manuscript submitted for publication

Graham-Phillips, A.G., Holt, C.L., Mullins, C.D., Slade, J.L., Savoy, A., Carter, R.  (2016).  Health ministry and activities in African American faith-based organizations:  A qualitative examination of facilitators, barriers, and use of technology. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Steward, J., Holt, C.L., Pollio, D.E., Austin, E.L., Johnson, N., Gordon, A.J., & Kertesz, S.G. (2016).  Priorities in the Primary Care of Persons Experiencing Homelessness: Convergence and Divergence in the Views of Patients and Provider/Experts.  Patient Preference and Adherence,10, 1-6.

Nan, X., Madden, K., Richards, A., Holt, C.L., Wang, M., & Tracy, K. (2015).  Message framing, perceived susceptibility, and intentions to vaccinate one’s child against HPV among African American parents.  Health Communication, 8, 1-8, [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26646190.  DOI:10.1080/10410236.2015.1005280.

Tajeu, G., Cherrington, A., Andreae, L., Prince, C., Holt, C.L., Halanych, J.  (2015).  "We'll get to you when we get to you":  Exploring Potential Contributions of Healthcare Staff Behaviors to Patient Perceptions of Discrimination and Satisfaction.  American Journal of Public Health, 105, 2076-2082.  DOI:  10.2105/AJPH.2015.302721.

Williams, B.R., Holt, C.L., Le, D., & Schulz, E.  (2015).  Characterizing Change in Religious and Spiritual Identity among a National Sample of African American Adults.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 27 (4), 343-357.  DOI:  10.1080/15528030.2015.1073208.

Le, D., Holt, C.L., Hosack, D.P., Huang, J., & Clark, E.M.  (2015).  Religious participation is associated with increases in religious social support in a national longitudinal study of African Americans.  Journal of Religion and Health. Article first published online.  DOI: 10.1007/s10943-015-0143-1.

Le, D., Holt, C.L., Saunders, D.R., Wang, M.Q., Coriolan, A.R., Savoy, A., Slade, J., Muwwakkil, M., and Atkinson, N.  (2015).  Feasibility and acceptability of SMS text messaging in a prostate cancer educational intervention for African men.  Health Informatics Journal.  Article first published online.  DOI: 10.1177/1460458215598636.