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Thankam Sunil
Title Professor
Faculty Rank
Degree Ph.D.
Institution University of Texas at San Antonio
Department Biology
Clusters Other
1 UTSA Cir
City San Antonio
State TX
Postal Code 78249
Telephone (210) 458-5617
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  Dr. Thankam Sunil received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Statistics from the University of Kerala, India. He received his first Ph.D. in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (Population Studies), Mumbai, India and his second Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Texas in 2002. His research interests include maternal and child health issues in developing countries and global health disparities.
Dr. Sunil’s publications include articles on childhood malnutrition in developing countries in Asia, Africa and in the Middle East, and health behaviors (namely, cancer screening and influenza vaccination). His publications on these topics appear in Social Science and Medicine, Vaccine, World Development, Maternal Child Health among others. He also published a book titled Women’s Reproductive Health in Yemen (2010). He has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.

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1. Xu T, Xu X, Sunil T, Sirisunyaluck B. Buddhism and Depressive Symptoms among Married Women in Urban Thailand. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 01 25; 17(3).
2. Shattuck EC, Perrotte JK, Daniels CL, Xu X, Sunil TS. The Contribution of Sociocultural Factors in Shaping Self-Reported Sickness Behavior. Front Behav Neurosci. 2020; 14:4.
3. Bolton CD, Sunil TS, Hurd T, Guerra H. Hispanic Men and Women''s Knowledge, Beliefs, Perceived Susceptibility, and Barriers to Clinical Breast Examination and Mammography Practices in South Texas Colonias. J Community Health. 2019 12; 44(6):1069-1075.
4. Matheu M, Sunil T, Castro-Peña A, Spears CE, Smith CJ, Flores JM, Taylor BS. Lack of virologic suppression is associated with lower HIV-related disclosure stigma in people living with HIV. AIDS Care. 2019 Oct 28; 1-7.
5. Sunil TS, Xu X. Substance abuse and HIV/STD prevention at a Hispanic-serving institution in South Texas: A study of racial/ethnic and gender heterogeneity and intersectionality. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2019 Jul 22; 1-18.
6. Carney B, White J, Xu X, Sunil T, Daniels C, Byrne M, Ganesan A, Deiss R, Macalino G, Agan BK, Okulicz JF. Relationship between depression and risk behaviors in a US Military population with HIV infection. AIDS Care. 2019 09; 31(9):1152-1156.
7. Sunil T, Limon A, Ochoa L. Lower Extremity Amputation among Diabetic Patients in San Antonio, Texas. Hisp Health Care Int. 2019 06; 17(2):73-78.
8. Pomerantz HS, Xu X, White J, Sunil TS, Deiss RG, Ganesan A, Agan BK, Okulicz JF. Association between quantitative varicella-zoster virus antibody levels and zoster reactivation in HIV-infected persons. AIDS Res Ther. 2018 12 11; 15(1):25.
9. White J, Xu X, Ellison CG, DeAngelis RT, Sunil T. Religion, Combat Casualty Exposure, and Sleep Disturbance in the US Military. J Relig Health. 2018 Dec; 57(6):2362-2377.
10. Schnarrs PW, Gordon D, Martin-Valenzuela R, Sunil T, Delgado AJ, Glidden D, Parsons JT, McAdams J. Perceived Social Norms About Oral PrEP Use: Differences Between African-American, Latino and White Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Texas. AIDS Behav. 2018 Nov; 22(11):3588-3602.
11. Fleuriet J, Sunil T. The Latina Birth Weight Paradox: the Role of Subjective Social Status. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 08; 5(4):747-757.
12. Menegay JL, Xu X, Sunil TS, Okulicz JF. Live versus attenuated influenza vaccine uptake and post-vaccination influenza-like illness outcomes in HIV-infected US Air Force members. J Clin Virol. 2017 10; 95:72-75.
13. Sunil TS, Xu X, Mutchler M, Casanova F. Does the Combined Intervention Program Matter for College-Attending Hispanic and Other Minority Young Adults? J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2S):100-112.
14. De A, Xu X, White J, Sunil TS, Okulicz JF. Physical fitness characteristics of active duty US Air Force members with HIV infection. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Nov; 95(44):e5227.
15. Fleuriet KJ, Sunil TS. Stress, Pregnancy, and Motherhood: Implications for Birth Weights in the Borderlands of Texas. Med Anthropol Q. 2017 03; 31(1):60-77.
16. Fleuriet KJ, Sunil TS. Subjective Social Status, Mental and Psychosocial Health, and Birth Weight Differences in Mexican-American and Mexican Immigrant Women. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Dec; 17(6):1781-90.
17. Cohen JA, Sellers A, Sunil TS, Matthews PE, Okulicz JF. Herpes simplex virus seroprevalence and seroconversion among active duty US air force members with HIV infection. J Clin Virol. 2016 Jan; 74:4-7.
18. Fleuriet KJ, Sunil TS. Reproductive habitus, psychosocial health, and birth weight variation in Mexican immigrant and Mexican American women in south Texas. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Aug; 138:102-9.
19. Patterson SB, Rivera D, Sunil TS, Okulicz JF. Evaluation of extragenital screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia in HIV-infected active duty Air Force members. MSMR. 2014 Nov; 21(11):7-9.
20. Fleuriet KJ, Sunil TS. Perceived social stress, pregnancy-related anxiety, depression and subjective social status among pregnant Mexican and Mexican American women in south Texas. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 May; 25(2):546-61.
21. Sunil TS, Hurd T, Deem C, Nevarez L, Guidry J, Rios R, Guerra H, Ortiz J, Jones L. Breast cancer knowledge, attitude and screening behaviors among Hispanics in South Texas colonias. J Community Health. 2014 Feb; 39(1):60-71.
22. Smith ML, Sunil TS, Salazar CI, Rafique S, Ory MG. Disparities of food availability and affordability within convenience stores in Bexar County, Texas. J Environ Public Health. 2013; 2013:782756.
23. Joseph J, Sharif HO, Sunil T, Alamgir H. Application of validation data for assessing spatial interpolation methods for 8-h ozone or other sparsely monitored constituents. Environ Pollut. 2013 Jul; 178:411-8.
24. Garcia G, Ellison CG, Sunil TS, Hill TD. Religion and selected health behaviors among Latinos in Texas. J Relig Health. 2013 Mar; 52(1):18-31.
25. Sunil TS, Sagna M. Decomposition of childhood malnutrition in Cambodia. Matern Child Nutr. 2015 Oct; 11(4):973-86.
26. Zottarelli LK, Sunil TS, Flott P, Karbhari S. College student adoption of non-pharmaceutical interventions during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic: a study of two Texas universities in Fall 2009. Prev Med. 2012 Nov; 55(5):497-9.
27. Garcia G, Sunil TS, Hinojosa P. The fast food and obesity link: consumption patterns and severity of obesity. Obes Surg. 2012 May; 22(5):810-8.
28. Sagna ML, Sunil TS. Effects of individual and neighborhood factors on maternal care in Cambodia. Health Place. 2012 Mar; 18(2):415-23.
29. Sagna ML, Hoque N, Sunil T. Are some women more at risk of obstetric fistula in Uganda? Evidence from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey. J Public Health Afr. 2011 Sep 05; 2(2):e26.
30. Sunil TS, Zottarelli LK. Student utilization of a university 2009 H1N1 vaccination clinic. Vaccine. 2011 Jun 24; 29(29-30):4687-9.
31. Sunil TS, Flores M, Garcia GE. New evidence on the effects of international migration on the risk of low birthweight in Mexico. Matern Child Nutr. 2012 Apr; 8(2):185-98.
32. Sunil TS. Effects of socio-economic and behavioural factors on childhood malnutrition in Yemen. Matern Child Nutr. 2009 Jul; 5(3):251-9.
33. Rajaram S, Zottarelli LK, Sunil TS. An assessment of fetal loss among currently married women in India. J Biosoc Sci. 2009 May; 41(3):309-27.
34. Sunil TS, Spears WD, Hook L, Castillo J, Torres C. Initiation of and barriers to prenatal care use among low-income women in San Antonio, Texas. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Jan; 14(1):133-40.
35. Pillai VK, Sunil TS. Contraceptive use in Yemen: a component analysis. World Health Popul. 2007 Dec; 9(4):65-78.
36. Zottarelli LK, Sunil TS, Rajaram S. Influence of parental and socioeconomic factors on stunting in children under 5 years in Egypt. East Mediterr Health J. 2007 Nov-Dec; 13(6):1330-42.
37. Rajaram S, Zottarelli LK, Sunil TS. Individual, household, programme and community effects on childhood malnutrition in rural India. Matern Child Nutr. 2007 Apr; 3(2):129-40.
38. Sunil TS, Rajaram S, Zottarelli LK. Do individual and program factors matter in the utilization of maternal care services in rural India?: a theoretical approach. Soc Sci Med. 2006 Apr; 62(8):1943-57.
39. Rajaram S, Sunil TS, Zottarelli LK. An analysis of childhood malnutrition in Kerala and Goa. J Biosoc Sci. 2003 Jul; 35(3):335-51.
40. Sunil TS, Pillai VK. Sterility in zambia. Ann Hum Biol. 2002 Jul-Aug; 29(4):414-21.

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1. Miguel Flores, and T.S. Sunil. . Social Development Issues. International Migration and Infant Mortality Rates in Mexico: A Spatial Econometric Analysis. 2012; 2(34):1-15.

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