Rachel Clarke, Ph.D, CHES

NeighborhoodHELP Program Evaluator, Assistant Professor

Humanities, Health and Society

Office: AHC2 589A

Phone: 305-348-9984

Email: rclarke@fiu.edu

Rachel D. Clarke, Ph.D., CHES, is the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program evaluator. Clarke uses her background in public health, health disparities research, and quantitative and qualitative methodologies to collaborate with faculty and staff to develop and monitor outcome metrics and analyze the impact of NeighborhoodHELP interventions on underserved individuals and families. Previously, Clarke was a senior data analyst and a post-doctoral associate in the Community-Based Research Institute at FIU where she worked with senior faculty on research focused on mental health, substance use, and HIV among minority populations.


Ph.D., Public Health, Florida International University  
B.S., Chemistry, Howard University  

Areas of Interest/Research

  • Health Disparities Research 
  • Community-Based Participatory Research 
  • Child & Adolescent Health 
  • Oral Health 

Selected Publications 

  1. Clarke, R., Fernandez, S., Hospital, M., Morris, S., Howard, M., Wagner, E., & Wales, E. Getting their feet in the door: Communication cues to action for HIV testing among Hispanic/Latinx college students at a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). (2020). Journal of Primary Prevention. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-020-00610-3  
  2.  Cyrus, E., Clarke, R., Hadley, D., Bursac, Z., Trepka, M. J., Devieux, J. G., ... & Wagner, E. F. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on African American communities in the United States. Health Equity. https://doi.org/10.1089/heq.2020.0030  
  3.  Spadola, C., Varga, L., Fernandez, S. B., Clarke, R. D., Morris, S. L., Wagner, E., & Hospital, M. (2020). A qualitative investigation to inform yoga intervention recruitment practices for racial/ethnic minority adolescents in outpatient mental health treatment. Explore. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2019.07.011  
  4.  Morris, S. L., Hospital, M., Wagner, E.F., Lowe, J., Thomson, M., Clarke, R., & Riggs, C. (2020). SACRED Connections: A university-tribal clinical research partnership for school-based screening and brief intervention for substance use problems among Native American youth. Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2020.1770654   
  5.  Clarke, R. & Shaw, M. Parental attitudes & beliefs about preschooler preventive oral health behaviors: Implications for health promotion. (2018). Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-018-0812-8