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faculty CMT32 Primary Mentor

Associate Professor, College of Nursing

Founder and Director: Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center

Sheridan Miyamoto is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and faculty in the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State. She is founder and director of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) System, a nurse-led telehealth program designed to enhance access to quality forensic sexual assault care in rural and underserved communities. The SAFE-T System program and evaluation has been funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, HRSA, the Hillman Foundation and NICHD. · · A pioneer of telehealth models of care for sexual assault, Miyamoto's work as a clinician, educator, and researcher enhances access to quality nurse-led specialty sexual assault care by providing expert, live, interactive mentoring, quality assurance, and evidence-based training to less experienced nurses via telehealth technology. Her clinical work as a Nurse Practitioner at UC Davis generated the foundational research to demonstrate the efficacy and effectiveness of telehealth sexual assault programs. Miyamoto's research focuses on producing sustainable, scalable improvements in access and quality care for vulnerable populations, including rural communities, and children at risk for sexual exploitation and trafficking. Miyamoto is a fellow with the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators and is a former Jonas Scholar and Doris Duke Fellow.
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2014 University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Doctorate of Philosophy, Nursing Science and Health Care Leadership

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing


1996 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Master of Science, Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner Program


1994 University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


Post–Graduate Coursework 

University of California Davis Health System, 

Sacramento, CA 

Pediatric Evidentiary Exam Training

Adult Sexual Assault Evidentiary Training


child sexual abuse, sexual assault, telehealth, telemedicine, forensic nursing, child maltreatment, commercial sexual exploitation of children

Research Interests

sexual assault, sexual abuse, telehealth, mhealth, commercial sexual exploitation of children



CMAS 466

Community and System Response to Child Maltreatment


Sheridan Miyamoto, Ph.D.
Penn State Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center (Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime)

The SAFE-T Center was created in 2016, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. The mission of the Center is to partner with underserved communities in Pennsylvania to enhance compassionate, high-quality care for sexual assault victims. The Center provides access to expert mentoring, quality assurance, education and live examination consultation for victims of sexual assault in underserved and rural areas. The goals of the project are to enhance access to high-quality care for victims of assault and to demonstrate the effectiveness of a statewide model to support forensic nurses to deliver care in underserved communities.  

Sheridan Miyamoto, Ph.D.
Incidence Rates and Risk Factors for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in Rural and Urban Counties in Pennsylvania

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) project seeks to estimate the prevalence and typologies of CSEC in Pennsylvania. Funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, the CSEC study involves reviewing and coding over 2,000 Pennsylvania's Children and Youth Services investigation records over a 2-year span. The goals of this study are to estimate the incidence of CSEC in the participating counties, to assess rural and urban differences in the incidence and typologies of CSEC, and to identify risk and protective factors for CSEC.  This research aims to inform current statewide efforts to develop and implement screening tools to detect children vulnerable to or affected by CSEC. Drs. Miyamoto, Pinto, and Font lead this project, and are assisted by undergraduate research assistants involved with the Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS) minor at Penn State.

Selected Publications

  • Panlilio, C., Miyamoto, S., Font, S., & Schreier, H.M.C. (2019). Assessing risk of commercial sexual exploitation among children involved in the child welfare system. Child Abuse & Neglect.

  • McCann, J., Miyamoto, S., Boyle, C., & Rogers, K. (2007). Healing of hymenal injuries in prepubertal and adolescent girls: A descriptive study. Pediatrics, 119(5):e1094-1106

  • Miyamoto, S., Dharmar, M., Boyle, C., Yang, N. H., MacLeod, K., Rogers, K., Nesbitt, T., & Marcin, J. P. (2014). Impact of telemedicine on the quality of forensic sexual abuse examinations in rural communities. Child abuse & neglect, 38(9), 1533-1539. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.04.015

  • Miyamoto, S., Romano, P.S, Putnam-Hornstein, E., Thurston, H., Dharmar, M., & Joseph, J.G. (2017). Risk factors for fatal and non-fatal child maltreatment in families previously investigated by CPS: A case-control study. Child Abuse Neglect. 63, 222-232. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.11.003 

  • Miyamoto, S., Dharmar, M., Fazio, S., Tang-Feldman, Y., & Young, H. M. (2018). mHealth technology and nurse health coaching to improve health in diabetes: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols7(2), e45.