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.
Elizabeth Rhodes, PhD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. As her primary focus, Elizabeth conducts implementation research to optimize the delivery and scale-up of interventions that improve maternal and child nutrition, prevent and control type 2 diabetes and hypertension, and promote health equity – for example, breastfeeding peer counseling, fruit and vegetable prescription, and interventions to increase early detection and control of postpartum hypertension. Elizabeth also leads and collaborates on the qualitative components of several multi-site, mixed methods implementation research studies as well as methodological research projects to develop innovative qualitative methods for use in a wide range of implementation research studies, such as rapid analytic techniques. To build qualitative research capacity, she teaches graduate students, researchers, and health practitioners, both in the US and internationally.
She has worked in the US with communities of color and other underserved populations, Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Panama), South Asia (India, Nepal), and Africa (Malawi, South Africa). Elizabeth earned an MS in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Emory University. She was a Fogarty Global Health Predoctoral Fellow from 2016-17 and a Fogarty Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow from 2018-19.