Whitney S. Rice, DrPH, is RISE's director and principal investigator. She is also a principal investigator for the Engaging Georgia's Faith Communities for Promoting Reproductive Health study.
Dr. Rice is an assistant professor in the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences (BSHES). Prior to her current role, she was a Research Assistant Professor in Emory BSHES. She completed a postdoctoral training program in health services, outcomes, and effectiveness research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
She earned a Doctor of Public Health degree from the UAB Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and was a trainee in the UAB Center for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice. Rice also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University in Health Policy and Management.
Dr. Rice’s research broadly focuses on examining the implications of social and systems–level contexts on healthcare access and use, particularly in family planning, HIV prevention and treatment and perinatal health settings. To date, she has conducted research to measure, examine the consequences of and to intervene upon family planning and HIV-related stigmas, and research to assess racial and ethnic patterns in prenatal care utilization, in stillbirth and in infant mortality. Rice uses primary data collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and secondary analyses of existing cohort data in this work.