Marya Shegog

Director of Health Programs, The Lincy Institute
Expertise: Public Health Promotion, Education and Prevention , Cultural Competency and Diversity , Health Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation , Health Disparities (racial, ethnic, sexual and gender), Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women's Health and Wellness


Marya Shegog joined The Lincy Institute in September 2012 as its director of health programs. She has worked as a research scientist for several federal and corporate entities and as director of a unique after-school program for children and emerging adults in urban, low-income communities.

An advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness in minority communities, she has increased capacity among community-based organizations throughout the U.S. to better meet local needs while respecting each organization’s mission and vision.

In addition to UNLV, she has held faculty/teaching positions at Hampton University, the University of South Carolina, and Cincinnati State College. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at conferences, forums, and classes where she helps cultivate cultural competency among health care professionals.

Her teaching and research interests focus on effectively identifying and addressing health disparities in order to eradicate them, developing cultural competency in health care, and shaping healthy communities through policy, programming, planning, and evaluation.


  • B.S., Biology, Hampton University
  • Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, University of South Carolina
  • M.P.H., Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D., Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Center of Health Disparities Research, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Marya Shegog In The News

Specialty Medical Dialogues
October 6, 2019
Breast cancer is considered to be a "woman's disease" with statistics showing that about 1 in 8 US. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Rolling Out
October 3, 2019
Each year during the month of October we turn our focus to bringing awareness to breast cancer in women, but now with the news of Mathew Knowles‘ diagnosis, we are alarmed by the cases of breast cancer in Black men.
The Body
September 10, 2019
What causes individuals who desire protection to forgo using it? And why, despite the physical and mental benefits of using their own preferred form of protection, do people not feel empowered enough to use it?
February 22, 2016
Marya Shegog started her public health career in the lab - doing research and scientific analysis for several federal and corporate entities.

Articles Featuring Marya Shegog

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ResearchOctober 2, 2019
UNLV public health researcher Marya Shegog highlights study exploring survivor stories, stereotypes, and health care disparities during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Campus NewsDecember 3, 2015
From law to health to advocacy to science, UNLV professors tackle HIV prevention, education and treatment both domestically and abroad.
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Business and CommunityApril 15, 2014
Experts from UNLV and University of Nevada School of Medicine meet to discuss health disparities in Nevada.
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ResearchSeptember 10, 2013
Nevada ranks at the bottom in attracting the funding it needs for healthcare programs. Marya Shegog of The Lincy Institute says gathering data is critical to helping our community promote healthy living while building a robust economy.