Sharon Sonenblum

Sharon Sonenblum

PhD, ScM, ScB
Associate Research Professor


Dr. Sharon Sonenblum is dedicated to improving patient outcomes and enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through the application of data-driven insights to clinical practice and engineering innovation. She joins the Center for Data Science after spending 20 years at Georgia Institute of Technology, bringing her unique ability to collaborate between researchers and clinicians to the School of Nursing. Her research program spans pressure injury prevention, detection, and etiology, and wheelchair seating and mobility. She conducts influential studies on the impact of real-world behavior on pressure injury development and technology's role in behavior modification. She also employs advanced approaches to investigate how tissues respond to loading considering differences across diverse skin tones. Dr. Sonenblum is an alumnus of the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel's board of directors and a member of the Prophylactic Dressing Standards Initiative. She holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an ScM in Bioengineering and an ScB in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University.

Areas of Expertise


Jordan K, Vos-Draper T, Morrow M, Sonenblum S. The usability of two mobile health assistive technologies for wheelchair-related in-seat movement and pressure. J Rehabil Assist Technol Eng. 2023 Nov 14

Sonenblum SE, Patel R, Phrasavath S, Xu S, Bates-Jensen BM. Using Technology to Detect Erythema Across Skin Tones. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2023 Oct 1;36(10):524-533.

Delmore B, Deppisch M, Cox J, Newton D, Gillespie C, Todd J, Sonenblum SE. Necessary Products for the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Injuries: Lessons Learned That Translate Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2023 Jul 1;36(7):361-369.

Sonenblum SE, McDonald A, Maurer CL, Bass A, Watson M, Zellner H. Reducing pressure with the goal of improving outcomes: a retrospective chart review of cushion evaluations and recommendations at one seating clinic. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2023 May 12:1-9.

Sonenblum SE, Feng C, Sprigle S. The relationship between in-seat movement and pressure ulcers in wheelchair users with SCI/D. J Spinal Cord Med. 2022 Oct 19:1-9.

Gadhoumi K, Sonenblum SE, Kennerly SM, Alderden J, Sharkey PD, Horn SD, Yap TL. Movement Patterns of Transient and Prolonged Positioning Events in Nursing Home Residents: Results from the TEAM-UP Trial. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2022 Dec 1;35(12):653-660.

Sonenblum SE, Measel M, Sprigle SH, Greenhalgh J, Cathcart JM. An Exploratory Analysis of the Role of Adipose Characteristics in Fulltime Wheelchair Users' Pressure Injury History. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2021 Nov 29;9:753897.

Padula WV, Cuddigan J, Ruotsi L, Black JM, Brienza D, Capasso V, Cox J, Delmore B, Holden-Mount S, Munoz N, Nie AM, Pittman J, Sonenblum SE, Tescher A; National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP). Best-practices for preventing skin injury beneath personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic: A position paper from the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. J Clin Nurs. 2023 Feb;32(3-4):625-632.

Sprigle S, McNair D, Sonenblum S. Pressure Ulcer Risk Factors in Persons with Mobility-Related Disabilities. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2020 Mar;33(3):146-154.

Sonenblum SE, Seol D, Sprigle SH, Cathcart JM. Seated buttocks anatomy and its impact on biomechanical risk. J Tissue Viability. 2020 May;29(2):69-75.

Sonenblum SE, Maurer CL, Hanes CD, Piriano J, Sprigle SH. Everyday use of power adjustable seat height (PASH) systems. Assist Technol. 2021 Nov 2;33(6):297-305.

Sonenblum SE, Sprigle SH. Buttock tissue response to loading in men with spinal cord injury. PLoS One. 2018 Feb 7;13(2):e0191868.