WORKSHOP LEADERS

Dionne Stephens, PhD, is a health inequities researcher whose work focuses on the intersections of culture, sexuality and health among marginalized populations. A Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University (FIU) in the United States, she holds affiliated faculty member status with the Center for Qualitative Research (CQ; University of Toronto), Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program (FIU), and Center for Women and Gender Studies (FIU). Her research primary research focuses on identifying cultural meanings given to gender based violence influence on help seeking behaviors in among emerging adults in India, and Hispanic and Black populations in U.S. low resource communities.  Dionne is also the lead researcher for Level Up, a community led training project part of the NIH funded Project SEEDS HEAL collaborative in Miami. This project addresses the need for equitable relationships in university- low resource community partnerships by providing culturally and contextually centered training for researchers working in South Florida.

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Elizabeth Rhodes, PhD, earned her doctoratee in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Emory University. She also holds an AB in Sociology from Brown University and a SM in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Rhodes just completed a fellowship at the Centre for Chronic Disease Control in New Delhi under the mentorship of Dorairaj Prabhakaran, MD, DM, MSc and K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA. Her research focused on the appropriateness, feasibility, and sustainability of a worksite-based lifestyle intervention to address diabetes in India. Dr. Rhodes is interested in reducing health disparities by developing, testing, implementing and scaling up nutrition interventions and bridging the gap between research and practice. Previously, Dr. Rhodes was an ORISE Fellow in CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity where she managed a national initiative to support early care and education providers in adopting evidence-based practices to prevent early childhood obesity. Dr. Rhodes also has experience conducting research, writing knowledge summaries, and developing case studies through her work as a consultant for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health at WHO and the UN World Food Programme.