Rakale C. Quarells, Ph.D.

Rakale C. Quarells, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Community Health & Preventive Medicine

Cardiovascular Research Institute
Location: National Center for Primary Care 318B
Phone: 404-752-1956
E-mail: rquarells@msm.edu


Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Fellowship: Medicine

Howard University
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Personality Psychology

Howard University 
Degree: Master of Science in Personality Psychology

Howard University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Research Interests

  • Chronic disease risk factor reduction
  • African Americans and CVD risk reduction
  • Epilepsy self-management
  • Prevention of chronic diseases among underserved communities


  • Escoffery, C., Johnson, L., McGee, R., Olorundare, E., Geiger, D., Njie, S., Quarells, R. C., & Thompson, N. J. (2020). Epilepsy self-management behaviors among African Americans with epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 109, 107098. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107098
  • Sajatovic, M., Johnson, E. K., Fraser, R. T., Cassidy, K. A., Liu, H., Pandey, D. K., Quarells, R. C., Scal, P., Schmidt, S., Shegog, R., Spruill, T. M., Janevic, M. R., Tatsuoka, C., & Jobst, B. C. (2019). Self-management for adults with epilepsy: Aggregate Managing Epilepsy Well Network findings on depressive symptoms. Epilepsia, 60(9), 1921–1931. https://doi.org/10.1111/epi.16322
  • Quarells, R. C., Spruill, T. M., Escoffery, C., Shallcross, A., Montesdeoca, J., Diaz, L., Payano, L., & Thompson, N. J. (2019). Depression self-management in people with epilepsy: Adapting project UPLIFT for underserved populations. Epilepsy & Behavior, 99, 106422. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.07.023
  • McGee, R. E., Sajatovic, M., Quarells, R. C., Johnson, E. K., Liu, H., Spruill, T. M., Fraser, R. T., Janevic, M., Escoffery, C., & Thompson, N. J. (2019). Depression and quality of life among African Americans with epilepsy: Findings from the Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network integrated database. Epilepsy & Behavior94, 301–306. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.02.026
  • Zhao, X., Geng, X., Srinivasasainagendra, V., Chaudhary, N., Judd, S., Wadley, V., Gutiérrez, O. M., Wang, H., Lange, E. M., Lange, L. A., Woo, D., Unverzagt, F. W., Safford, M., Cushman, M., Limdi, N., Quarells, R., Arnett, D. K., Irvin, M. R., & Zhi, D. (2019). A PheWAS study of a large observational epidemiological cohort of African Americans from the REGARDS study. BMC medical genomics12(Suppl 1), 26. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12920-018-0462-7

Honors and Awards

  • 2017: MSM MSCR Faculty Teaching Award 
  • 2016-2012: NIH PRDP, Study Section Member, Grant Reviewer
  • 2012: NIH SBIR Program, Grant Reviewer
  • 2011: NIMHD Special Emphasis Panel, Grant Reviewer
  • 2004: Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Phoenix Award, Atlanta, GA, Given for the work that the F.I.G.H.T. for Life Program is doing to prevent and delay the development of cardiovascular diseases among the citizens of Atlanta, GA.
  • 2000-1999: Katherine McCormick Fund for Women Travel Grant, Stanford University School of Medicine