Rhoda Moise, Ph.D., CYT (Dr. Rho, she/her/li/ella/elle) is an internationally trained scientist, artist, and educator that helps communities live their healthiest lives. She graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania State University earning a B.S in Biobehavioral Health with minors in Biology and Health Policy and Administration focused on global chronic disease prevention and control. She then earned her Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she is now appointed as an Assistant Professor focused on chronic disease prevention and control from a biopsychosocial approach using integrative medicine and epidemiology. Additionally, she also completed a 200-hour certification to teach Ancient Egyptian yoga alongside a T32 postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University's Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Rho's goal is to eliminate inequitable distribution of disease with innovative strategies to catalyze transformation of health systems with stakeholders including patients, providers, and payers.
Born in Philadelphia, PA with immigrated parents from Haiti, Dr. Rho learned the values of resilience, education, and community from an early age. As a child, she witnessed first-hand impacts of chronic disease on her family and community group as well as the need for better access to healthcare, the healing power of artistic expression, and the importance of health education. From these experiences, Dr. Rho was motivated to found her health and wellness firm, Dr. Rho Wellness, to provide speaking, consulting, and training services in diverse settings including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, non-profits, and private workplaces in the U.S. and abroad.
As a health and wellness consultant, she uses professional mixed methods research education and experience to foster fruitful collaborations with organizations from conceptualization to completion of projects and programs. Additionally, Dr. Rho’s interactive speaking style captivates a wide variety of audiences from students to staff in causal to corporate settings (in-person and virtually). Her comprehensive, soulful, and scientific skillset uniquely poises her to provide premium training experiences for individuals and institutions seeking to cultivate cultures of wellness.
Dr. Rho has been recognized for honors, awards, and fellowships such as the PRIDE NIH Training Program (2022); Aseemkala Initiative Health Research Choreography Fellowship (2021); Barrett Prize for Best Dissertation on a Latin American or Caribbean Topic at University of Miami (2020); National Edward A. Bouchet Honors Society at Yale University (2018); Dean’s Diversity Council Dedication to Leadership and Service Award at University of Miami (2017); McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (2015); Ralph Dorn Hetzel Achievement Award at Penn State University (2015); Reddy Mission Award at Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College (2015); FOBA Fannie Lou Hamer-W.E.B. DuBois Service Award at Penn State University (2014); Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (2013); and Outstanding Research Award at A Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (2012).
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