Rita Finley, Ph.D.

Rita Finley, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean

Pathology & Anatomy and Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers

Director

Medical Science Program in Medical Sciences and Academically Prepared for EXcellence (APEX) Summer Program
Location: Hugh Gloster Building, Room 121
Phone: (404) 752-1614
E-mail: rfinley@msm.edu

Education

POSTGRADUATE:
Morehouse School of Medicine
Research Associate—Department of Anatomy

SmithKline & French Laboratories 
Postdoctoral Scientist—Department of Drug Delivery

GRADUATE:
Atlanta University
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

Tennessee State University
Degree: Master of Science in Biology

Fisk University
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English

Research Interests

The pipeline of students who are disadvantaged and underrepresented in medicine (URiM) into schools of medicine and the diversity of the health professions workforce.

Publications

  • Finley, Rita, Howse, Mark and Stuck, Laura. Expanding pathways for medical school admissions and first year academic success for URM students. Group on Student Affairs and Organization of Student Representatives Poster Session, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Learn Serve Lead, Phoenix, AR, November 8, 2019.
  • Mayberry, Robert, Finley, Rita, Ernest Alema-Mensah and Davis, Trobiand. 2006. Care quality for adult Medicaid beneficiaries with type 2 diabetes caries by primary care provider subspecialty. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 1(2):24-29.
  • Mayberry, Robert, Davis, Trobiand, Alema-Mensah, Ernest, Samadi, Aziz, Finley, Rita and Jones, Alma. 2005. Determinants of glycemic status monitoring in black and white Medicaid beneficiaries with diabetes mellitus. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved 26:131-149.
  • Mayberry, Robert, Samadi, Aziz, Alema-Mensah, Ernest and Finley, RitaSystem and provider characteristics in blood glucose monitoring among black and white adult Medicaid beneficiaries with diabetes mellitus.  132nd Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., November, 2004.

Honors and Awards

  • Team Spirit Award, Presented to the Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers, Employee Council, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, April, 2019
  • Most Involved in the Community, Presented by the MD and GEBS Students, Morehouse School of Medicine, May 5, 2018 
  • Washington Cluster Partner of the Year, Presented to the Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers and Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta Public School System, Atlanta, GA, 2018 
  • District Partner of the Year, Presented to the Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers and Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta Public School System, Atlanta, GA, 2017 
  • Washington Cluster Partner of the Year, Presented to the Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers and Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta Public School System, Atlanta, GA, 2017
  • Humanitarian Award, Presented by the MD and GEBS Students, Morehouse School of Medicine, May 1, 2015