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Rakale  Quarells

Adjunct Assoc Professor

Adjunct Associate Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

As a behavioral scientist, Dr. Quarells’ long term goals are to elucidate and identify innovative methods for addressing those social and cultural determinants of health that have Black Americans at higher risk for chronic disease.  In particular, she is interested in intervening in the lives of at-risk families by utilizing behavior change strategies to prevent and reduce disease risk factors among parents and children.  Dr. Quarells has been the recipient of NIH and CDC funding, including her Career Development Award (K-01) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 

Currently, Dr. Quarells is principal investigator of a research project within the MSM Center of Excellence in Health Disparities entitled “Determinants and Consequences of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in African American Children.”  In that project she is using a community-engaged research approach to work collaboratively with community members to examine specific biological, environmental, and behavioral factors influencing secondhand smoke exposure on cardiovascular and lung health in Black children.  Dr. Quarells also recently received funding for her study “Adapting Evidence-Based Epilepsy Self-Management Programs for Blacks in Georgia.” The goals of this research project are to utilize a community-engagement approach to 1) adapt and replicate the use of the UPLIFT program among African Americans with epilepsy; and 2) understand the features that facilitate dissemination, replication, and adoption of Managing Epilepsy Well Network products (i.e., UPLIFT, WebEase, and a Self-Management Instrument) to this population in Atlanta and around Georgia.

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Areas of Interest

  • Behavior and Health
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Clinical Research
  • Community Based Research
  • Diabetes
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Promotion


  • PhD 1998, Howard University
  • MS 1993, Howard University
  • BS 1991, Howard University

Affiliations & Activities

Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine

Associate Director, Prevention Research Center, Morehouse School of Medicine


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