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Rakale QuarellsRakale Quarells, PhD
Associate Director
Cardiovascular Research Institute
Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30310-1495
(404) 752-1956



Dr. Rakale Collins Quarells is a Behavioral Scientist and an Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM).  She is also the Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, overseeing population science research. Dr. Quarells also served as the Track Coordinator for the Health Education and Health Promotion Track in the Master of Public Health Program at MSM from 2007-2010.  Dr. Quarells is currently the course director for the joint MSM, Emory University, and Georgia Institute of Technology course "Community Engagement and Health Disparities in Clinical and Translational Research."  Dr. Quarells' research has focused on primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in African Americans through lifestyle modification.  She will utilize her behavioral science skills and expertise in research among African Americans to evaluate and possibly adapt the MEW evidence-based programs, UPLIFT, WebEase and the Self-Management Instrument for use among African Americans with epilepsy.     

Selected publications:

Davis SK, Samson G, Quarells R and Gibbons GH. (2014).  Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Health Among Black and White Women Residing in Stroke Belt and Buckle Regions of the South. Ethnicity & Disease. 24, 133-143.

Davis SK, Quarells RC, Gibbons G. (2013).  A comprehensive cardiovascular disease lifestyle treatment controlled trial among high-risk African Americans.  Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. 3(9).   

Baltrus PT, Daniels EC, Mack DH, Quarells RC. (2013). Trends in physical activity in the U.S. before and during the current financial crisis.  In G. T. Papanikos (Ed.), Physical education and learning: An introduction. Athens, Greece: ATINER (pp. 13-24).

Quarells RC, Liu, J and Davis SK. (2012).  Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Presence Among Rural and Urban Black and White Men. Journal of Men's Health. 9(2):120–126.

Davis Sharon K, Quarells Rakale C, Gibbons Gary H. (2009). Hypertension in African American Communities. Health Issues in the Black Community.  Edited by Ronald Braithwaite, Sandra E. Taylor and Henrie Treadwell. Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishing Company. 

Duncan D, Quarells RC, Din-Dzietham R, Arroyo C, Davis SK. (2006).  Physical Activity and Incident Hypertension Among Blacks:  No Relationship? [letter to editor].  Preventing Chronic Disease [serial online]2006 Jul [date cited].  Available from:  URL:  

Davis SK, Liu Y, Quarells RC, Din-Dzietham R. (2005).  Stress-related discrimination and hypertension likelihood in a population-based sample of African Americans:  The Metro Atlanta Heart Disease Study.  Ethnicity & Disease, 15(4), 585-593.

Duncan DT, Quarells RC, Jones DJ. (2005). Approaching Health Equity [letter to the editor]. Journal of the National Medical Association, 97, 584-585.

Din-Dzietham R, Nembhard WN, Collins R, and Davis SK. (2004).  Perceived Stress Following Race-Based Discrimination At Work Is Associated With Hypertension in African Americans. The Metro Atlanta Heart Disease Study, 1999-2001.  Social Science and Medicine, 58, 449-461.

Collins R, Lee RE, Albright CL, King AC. (2004).  Ready to be Physically Active?  The Effects of a Course Preparing Low Income Multiethnic Women to be More Physically Active.  Health Education & Behavior, 31(1). 47-64.

Collins R & Winkleby M.  (2002).  African Americans Subgroups at High and Low Risk for Hypertension:  A Signal Detection Analysis of NHANES III, 1988-1991.   Preventive Medicine, 35, 303-312.

King AC, Atienza A, Castro C, Collins R.  (2002).  Physiological and Affective Responses to Family Caregiving in the Natural Setting in Wives Versus Daughters.  International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 9(3), 176-194.

Atienza A, Collins R, King AC.  (2001).  The Mediating Effects of Situational Control on Social Support and Mood Following a Stressor:  A Prospective Study of Dementia Caregivers in Their Natural Environments.  Journal of Gerontology:  Social Sciences, 56, S129-S139.

Behera SK, Winkleby M & Collins R.  (2000).  Cardiovascular Risk as Perceived by Low Income African Americans:  A focus Group Study.  American Journal of Health Promotion, 14(5), 301-305.

Morris-Prather CE, Harrell JP, Collins R, Leonard K, Boss M. and Lee J.  (1996).  Gender Differences in Mood Physiological Responses toward Socially Stressful Stimuli.  Journal of Ethnicity and Disease, 6(1,2), 123-131.


Hunter-Jones J, Nellum A, Olorundare E, McCloud C, McCurdy M, McGee R, Davis C, Thompson N and Quarells R. Assessing the Cultural Appropriateness of UPLIFT for African Americans: A Community Engaged Approach. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association. In press.



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