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Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Principal Investigator: DOJ/OVC Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center

Sheridan Miyamoto is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State University. Dr. Miyamoto received her Ph.D. in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership from the Betty Irene Moore School ofNursing at UC Davis. Her clinical work as a Nurse Practitioner at the UC Davis Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation Center focused on providing health and child maltreatment forensic services to children in Northern California. She supported six rural sites through live telehealth sexual assault consultations, allowing children to receive quality care within their own community. Miyamoto’s research interests include utilizing administrative databases to improve risk tools to identify childrenat risk of maltreatment, identification and prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children (trafficking), the use of telehealth technology to improve sexual assault forensic care in rural communities, and the use of technology and innovation to improve patient outcomes. Miyamoto is the principal investigator of the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, a project funded by the Department of Justice to enhance access to quality forensic services in underserved communities.
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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


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 Grants

2016 – 2021

Using Telemedicine Technology to Enhance Access to Sexual Assault Forensic Exams

2014 – 2018

Patient and Provider Engagement and Empowerment Through Technology (P2E2T2) Program to Improve Health in Diabetes

2018 – 2019

Incidence Rates and Risk Factors for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in Rural and Urban Counties in Pennsylvania

2017 – 2022

Penn State’s Translational Center for Child Maltreatment Studies (P50HD089922)

2019 – 2021

Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth

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.