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Dr. Sohaila Shakib Dr. Sohaila Shakib
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
CSU Dominguez Hills
Carson , CA 90747
(310) 243-3831
Office: SBS-B326
Office Hours: TH 4-5pm & 6-7pm



University of Southern California, Sociology, Ph.D.
University of Southern California, Sociology, MA
Tulane University, Psychology, BA

NCI Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 1999-2002.

Professional Experience
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2003-2004.

Research Associate, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2002-2003.

Staff Research Associate, Center for Community Health, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California at Los Angeles,


J. B. Unger, Li, Y., Shakib, S., Rohrbach, L. A., Chen, X., Guo, Q., Chou, C.-P., Shan, J., Azen, S., Zheng, H., & Johnson, C. A.  (2002) Peer influences and access to cigarettes as correlates of adolescent smoking: A cross-cultural comparison of Wuhan, China and California.  Journal of Preventive Medicine, (34) 476-484. 

S. Shakib & M. D. Dunbar.  (2002) The social construction of female and male high school basketball participation:  Reproducing the gender order through a two-tiered sporting institution.  Sociological Perspectives, (45) 4: 353-378. 

Unger JB, Gallaher P, Shakib, S., Ritt-Olson A, Palmer PH, Johnson CA.  (2002). The AHIMSA Acculturation Scale:  A new measure of acculturation for adolescents in a multicultural society.  Journal of Early Adolescence, (22) 3: 225-251. 

S. Shakib. (2003). Female basketball participation:  Negotiating the conflation of peer status and gender status from childhood through puberty.  American Behavioral Scientist, 46:10. 1405-1422.

S. Shakib, M. Mouttapa, C. Anderson Johnson, A. Ritt-Olson, P. Gallaher, & J. B. Unger.  (2003) Ethnic variation in parental influences on adolescent smoking.  Journal of Adolescent Health. 33 (2) 88-97.

S. Shakib, K. Scalir & K. A. Shakib.  (2003)  Title IX:  Facts, figures, myths & reality.   Network News Sociologists for Women in Society, (XX) 1 November issue.

J. B. Unger, S. Shakib, P. Gallagher, T.B. Cruz, B.R. Hoffman, B. H. Pitney & L.A. Rohrbach. (2003) Cigarette smoking and related attitudes among American Indian adolescents in California, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, (25) 251-254.

Chen, X., Stacy, A., Zheng, H., Shakib, S., Shan, J., Unger, J. B., Gong, J., Gallaher, P., Xia, J., Spruijt-Metz, D., Li, Y., & Johnson, C. A. (2003).  Sensations from initial exposure to nicotine predicting adolescent smoking in China:  A potential measure of vulnerability to nicotine.”  Nicotine and Tobacco Research, (5) 4:  455-463.

M. Mouttapa, T-K Huang, S. Shakib, S. Sussman, & J.B. Unger.  (2003) Authority-Related Conformity as a Protective Factor against Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors.  Journal of Adolescent Health, (33) 320-321.

J.B. Unger, T. Cruz, S. Shakib, J. Mock, A. Sheilds, L., Baezconde-Garbanati, P. H.  Palmer, J.D. Cruz, E. W. Gritz, T. Glynn & C.A. Johnson.  (2003) Exploring the cultural context of tobacco use:  A transdisciplinary framework.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, (5) S101-S107.

E.D. Shenassa, J. M. McCaffery, G.E. Swan, T. Khroyan, S. Shakib, C. Lerman, M. Lyons,  M. Mouttapa, R. S. Niaura, S. L. Buka, F. Leslie & S. L. Santangelo  (2003)  Intergenerational transmission of tobacco use and dependence:  A transdisciplinary perspective.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, (5) S55-S69. 

S. Shakib & M. D. Dunbar (2004) How high school athletes talk about maternal and paternal sporting experiences:  Identifying modifiable social processes for gender equity physical activity interventions.  International Review for the Sociology of Sport.  (39) 3:  275-299.  

S. Shakib, Zheng, C., C. A. Johnson, X. Chen & J. B. Unger.  (2004) Gender differences in family correlates of adolescent smoking in Wuhan, The People’s Republic of China.  Preventive Medicine Volume 40, Issue 1, January 2005, Pages 83-91.

M. Nichter, G. Quintero, M. Nichter, J. Mock & S. Shakib.  (2004) Qualitative research contributions to the study of drug use, drug abuse, and drug-related programs.  Substance Use & Misuse (39) 10-12: 1907 – 1969.

J.B. Unger, L. Baezconde-Garbanati, S. Shakib, P.H. Palmer, E.Nezami, & J. Mora.   (2004)  cultural psychology approach to drug abuse prevention.  Substance Use & Misuse.  (39) 10-12: 1779 – 1820.

J.B. Unger, K. R. Reynolds, S. Shakib, D. Spruitjt-Metz, P. Sun & C. A. Johnson  (2004)  Acculturation, physical activity, and fast-food consumption among Asian-American and Hispanic adolescents.  Journal of Community Health.  (29) 6:  467-481.

Staurowsky, E.J., DeSousa, M.J., Ducher, G., Gentner, N., Miller, K.E., Shakib, S. Theberge, N., & Williams, N.  (2009)  Her Life Depends on It II :  Sport, Physical Activity, and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls and Women.  East Meadow, NY :  Women’s Sports Foundation.

S. Shakib, P. Veliz, M.D. Dunbar & D. Sabo (2011) "Athletics as a Source for Social Status among Youth: Examining variation by gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status" Sociology of Sport Journal. Vol 28, Issue 3, pp.  303-328.

S. Shakib, M. Mouttapa, S. Cen, L. Blanco & J. B. Unger (in press) “Variation in Parenting Characteristics and Adolescent Smoking by Parental Immigration Status”.  Journal of Cultural Diversity (in press).

S. Shakib, P. Veliz & D. Sabo (in press) “Race, Sport and Social Support:  A Comparison between African American and White Youths’ Perceptions of Social Support for Sport Participation”  International Review for the Sociology of Sport.


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