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Sharon Washington

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Assistant Professor of Instruction


970 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • EdD, Health Education, Columbia University
  • MPH, Sexuality and Health, Columbia University
  • BA, African American Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Temple University
Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Sharon Washington served as a lecturer in the Department of Medical Education, and Director for Curriculum Development and Academic Enhancement for the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  In this capacity, Sharon developed anti-racist curriculum, and delivered lectures and interactive seminars to graduate, medical, and pre-med collegiate students on the intersection of race, sexuality, social justice, public health and medicine. She is passionate about creating pedagogical approaches, assessments, and safe-spaces to advance diversity and anti-racism in medical education and training in the health professions.  
Washington is a Gates Millennium Scholar, class of 2003, and President of the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association. She received her Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from Temple University and her Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where her thesis assessed African-centered holistic healing for African American women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Washington earned her Doctorate of Education at Teachers College of Columbia University, where her research explored medical students self-rating of preparedness to engage in effective cross-cultural care, and predictors of high ratings of their medical education for imparting knowledge, attitudes and skills to provide culturally competent care to diverse patient populations. 
She is proud to have co-founded and served as Executive Director of The Fierce Leadership for Youth (FLY) Academy, which served to prepare minority youth to be future leaders of healthy and prosperous communities by cultivating pathways to higher educational opportunities and removing the financial barriers that hinder their potential for success. Over the course of three years, The FLY Academy served hundreds of low-income minority youth through mentorship and college preparation, resulting in 50 high school seniors accumulating over $6.5 million in grants, awards, and scholarships for college, including 9 Gates Millennium Scholars. 

Research Interests

  • Diversity and inclusion in medical education and training of health care professionals 
  • Diversity and anti-racist pedagogy 
  • Mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Social, political, historical origins and drivers of health disparities
  • Structural violence
  • Historical trauma 
  • Pan-African public health 
  • Indigenous healing and holistic wellness
  • Culture, spirituality, sexuality & health