Rakale C. Quarells, PhD

Rakale C. Quarells, PhD 


Community Health & Preventive Medicine

Associate Director

Prevention Research Center
Location: NCPC 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 Prevention & Self-Management


  • Hassan, S., Gujral, U.P., Quarells, R.C., Rhodes, E.C., Shah, M.K., Obi, J., Lee, W., Shamambo, L., Weber, M.B., and Narayan, K.M.V. Disparities in Diabetes Prevalence and Management by Race and Ethnicity in the United States: A Narrative Review to Define a Path Forward. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 2023, Accepted.
  • Henry Akintobi, T., Quarells, R., Bednarczyk, R., Khizer, S., Taylor, B., Nwagwu, M., Hill, M., Ordóñez, C., Sabben, G., Spivey, S., Davis, K., Best, M., Chen, A., Lovell, K., Craig, L., & Mubasher, M. Community-Centered Assessment to Inform Pandemic Response in Georgia (US). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023, In Press.
  • Escoffery, C., Patel, A., Leung, J., Anderson, M., McGee, R., Sajatovic, M., Johnson, E.K., Jobst, B., Kiriakopoulos, E.T., Shegog, R., Fraser, R., Quarells, R.C. MEW network self-management program characteristics and lessons learned through the RE-AIM framework. Epilepsy & Behavior. 140:109111, 2023. PMID: 36804716.
  • Escoffery, C., Patel, A., Haardoerfer, R., Bamps, Y., McGee, R., Geiger, D., Quarells, R.C., Thompson, N.J., Anderson, M., LaFrance, W.C. Reduction of the Adult Epilepsy Self- Management Measure Instrument (AESMMI).  Epilepsy & Behavior. 131:108692-7, Part A,
  • 2022. 
  • Ojebuoboh, A.R., Gonzalez-Feliciano, A.G., Brown, K.M., Khan, R.J., Xu, R., DeRoo, L.A., Lewis, J., Quarells, R.C., Davis, S.K. Association of active coping to unfair treatment with perceived stress and depressive symptoms in African Americans: MH-GRID study. BMC Psychiatry. 2022 Feb 21;22(1):134. PMID: 35189857.
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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