Sharon Rachel

Ph.D. Student

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  • School of History and Sociology
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My first name is SHARON. My last name is Rachel.
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Sharon Rachel, MA, MPH is a part-time PhD student in the School of History & Sociology at Georgia Tech and works full-time as Interim Director of the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.  Sharon has extensive experience in collaborative public health program development and evaluation within diverse partnerships, specializing in curriculum development, health education, and training.  She is project director of Building Biobehavioral Goal-Directed Resilience Training Among African-American Women (Project GRIT), an NIH-funded research study that aims to expand existing paradigms of health equity and promote culturally-centered, trauma-informed mental health care and wellness for communities at risk for health disparities - specifically, African American women with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  She is trained in peer-to-peer counseling, has supported and advocated for sexual assault survivors, led women’s support groups, and coordinated resources at women’s community and crisis centers and substance abuse treatment facilities.  She plans to continue in her academic trajectory as a research professor and is interested in studying how sexism affects women's health.

Sharon earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of South Carolina, her MA in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University, and her MPH in Health Education from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.  She has co-authored several publications, created a number of teaching aids and tools, and conducted education and training sessions across the United States.  She enjoys traveling, attending cultural events, and running; she has completed - and placed - in 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, full marathon, and obstacle races.  Sharon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and lives in Atlanta with her partner and cats.

  • Master of Public Health (MPH), Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
  • Master of Arts (MA), Women's Studies, The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Women's Studies & Sociology, University of South Carolina
Awards and
  • 2019 - Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Alumni News – Alumni Spotlight: Advancing Health Equity
  • 2017 - Satcher Health Leadership Institute Division of Behavioral Health Director’s Award for Improvement Excellence
  • 2013 - Health Director’s Award for Improvement Excellence Center for Family Life Education Sex Educator of the Week
  • 2005 - Delta Omega (ΔΩ) Honorary Public Health Society
  • 2001 - Magna Cum Laude graduate honors, University of South Carolina
  • 2001 - University of South Carolina Outstanding Woman of the Year Finalist
  • 2001 - Arney Robinson Childs Memorial Award, University of South Carolina
  • 2000 - Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ), University of South Carolina Chapter
  • 2000 - Golden Key National Honor Society, University of South Carolina Chapter
  • 2000 - Mortar Board Society, University of South Carolina Chapter
  • 2000 - Gamma Beta Phi Society (ΓΒΦ), University of South Carolina Chapter
Areas of
  • Curriculum Development
  • Health Equity
  • Program Development & Evaluation
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Social Determinants Of Health


  • United States
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Evaluation
  • Feminism
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Social Movements
  • Women’s Leadership