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Dr. Sharon Welburn - Columbus State University

Columbus State University

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Education and Certifications

PhD in Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

MPH in Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

BS in Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Dr. Sharon Welburn is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences in the BS in Health Science and Master in Public Health (MPH) programs at Columbus State University. While at CSU, she assists with student and faculty development programs as an assistant director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Design. Dr. Welburn is also the director of the Center for Health Disparities and Community Based Research, where she collaborates with community partners to improve the health of our community.

Dr. Welburn's research interests include but are not limited to: injury prevention, including falls in older adults, motor vehicle collisions, drug overdose, vaccine hesitancy, and understanding factors related to COVID-19 health outcomes.

Dr. Welburn has been involved in injury research since 2009, starting with motor vehicle collisions and distracted driving with UAB's Injury Control Research Center. She received additional training in the epidemiology of aging through the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Aging and Population Health, where she examined the effects of fatigue and fatigability on fall risk in older adults. Most recently, she has partnered with West Central Health District to address the growing problem of the opioid epidemic in Muscogee County.

Since Fall 2019, Dr. Welburn has served as the faculty advisor for the CSU Esports teams, whose current gaming focuses are on League of Legends, Overwatch, Valorant, and Rocket League, with plans for additional titles. Successes of our Esports teams are:

  • Fall 2022—Valorant team placed 2nd place (runner up)
  • Fall 2022—Rocket League team was knocked out in quarterfinals
  • Spring 2022—League of legends team was knocked out in quarterfinals
  • Fall 2021—Overwatch made semifinals (3rd place).
  • Spring 2021—League of legends team was knocked out in quarterfinals
  • Fall 2020—Overwatch won the championship
  • Spring 2020—Attacker of the year for League of Legends (made quarterfinals but season canceled for Covid).

Academic Areas

Injury epidemiology, Gerontology, Fall Prevention, Motor Vehicle Collisions, Drug overdose
Selected Publications:

Glynn NW, Gmelin T, Renner SW, Qiao Y, Boudreau RM, Feitosa MF, Wojczynski MK, Cosentino S, Andersen SL, Christensen K, Newman AB, & LLFS Research Group. (2022). Perceived physical fatigability predicts all-cause mortality in older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 77(4):837-841. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glab374 

Renner SW, Qiao Y, Gmelin TA, Santanasto AJ, Boudreau RM, Walston JD, Perls TT, Christensen K, Newman AB, & Glynn NW. (2022). Associations of fatigue, physical activity, and inflammation on gait speed: The Long Life Family Study. Aging Clin Exp Res, 34(2):367-374. doi: 10.1007/s40520-021-01923-x

Makker J, Sun H, Patel H, Mantri N, Zahid M, Gongati S, Galiveeti S, Renner SW, & Chilimuri S. (2021). Impact of prediabetes and type-2 diabetes on outcomes in patients with COVID-19. Int J Endocrinol. doi: 10.1155/2021/5516192

Renner SW, Brown PJ, Bear TM, Boudreau RM, Andersen SL, Cosentino S, Cauley JA, Newman AB, & Glynn NW. (2021). Validation of perceived mental fatigability using the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale. JAGS, 69(5):1343-1348. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17017

Renner SW, Cauley JA, Brown PJ, Boudreau RM, Bear TM, Blackwell T, Lane NE, Glynn NW, for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study Group. (2020). Higher fatigue prospectively increases the risk of falls in older men. Innov Aging, 5(1):1-8. doi:10.1093/geroni/igaa061

LaSorda KR, Gmelin T, Kuipers AL, Boudreau RM, Santanasto AJ, Christensen K, Renner SW, Wojczynski MK, Andersen SL, Cosentino S, Glynn NW, & LLFS Research Group. (2019). Epidemiology of perceived physical fatigability in older adults: The Long Life Family Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci.

Welburn SC, Amin A, & Stavrinos D. (2018). Effect of electronic device use while driving on cardiovascular reactivity. Transp Res Part F Traffic Psychol Behav, 54, 188-195.

Stavrinos D, Heaton K, Welburn SC, McManus B, Griffin R, & Fine PR. (2016). Commercial truck driver health and safety: Exploring distracted driving performance and self-reported driving skill. Workplace Health Saf, 64(8), 369-376.

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