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Faculty and Staff Profile

Rachel Mayo

Graduate Coordinator

Office: 534 Edwards Hall

Phone: 864-656-6741

Fax: 864-656-6227

Vita: View

Educational Background

PhD Health Promotion and Education
University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health 1997

MA Microbiology
University of Arkansas 1993

BS Natural Science
University of Arkansas 1991

Courses Taught

HLTH 8130: Population Health
HLTH 8220: Mixed Methods Research
HLTH 8090: Epidemiologic Research
HLTH 3800: Epidemiology
HLTH 4700: Global Health
HLTH 3100: Womens Health
HLTH 4900: Research Methods
HLTH 2020: Introduction to Public Health


Dr. Rachel Mayo is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University. She has been the principal or co-investigator on more than $4 million in grants and contracts to support this work. She is currently the site PI for the DHHS-funded MAiN Project, an intervention for babies born to opiod-dependent mothers. Her research interests include cancer prevention and control and health disparities among minority and underserved, particularly African American and Latino populations. She has recently served as co-PI on a National Institutes of Health grant to examine medical and nursing students’ readiness to treat Latino patients. She was the site PI of a National Cancer Institute grant collaboration with the University of South Carolina to train breast and cervical cancer survivors to “witness” about their experience with cancer in African American churches to increase participation in breast and cervical cancer screenings. She has studied the health problems of breast and cervical cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases among Latino, African American and underserved communities for the past 20+ years. She has served on a number of state and national boards including: CDC Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women; AcademyHealth, Health Disparities Interest group; SC Central Cancer Registry Surveillance Committee; SC Cancer Alliance Board; Cervical Cancer Free South Carolina, Executive committee; Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, Health Disparities Task Force

Research Interests

Cancer prevention and control, chronic disease and health disparities among minority and underserved, particularly African American and Latino populations.

Research Publications

1) Bedi J, Mayo RM, Chen L, Dickes L, Sherrill WW, Jones K. Endocrine Therapy Use in
the 21st Century: Temporal Trends Illustrate Opportunities for Improvement for South
Carolina Medicaid Women. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2018 Jul 3. doi:
10.1007/s10549-018-4866-z. [Epub ahead of print]
2) Moore Scott E, Pruitt RH, Holaday B, Hepburn K, Mayo RM, Sharp J, Ulbrich H.
Behavioral Economics: A New Lens for Understanding Genomic Decision Making"
in its current form for publication in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
2018 May;50(3):241-248. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12379. Epub 2018 Apr 24.
3) Summey J, Chen L, Mayo R, Charron E, Hudson JA, Sherrill WW, Dickes L. Early
Treatment Innovation for Opioid-Dependent Newborns: A Retrospective Comparison
of Outcomes, Utilization, Quality, and Safety, 2006-2014. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf.
2018 Jun;44(6):312-320. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2017.12.004. Epub 2018 Apr 22.
4) Hudson J, Mayo RM, Dickes L, Chen L, Sherrill W, Summey J, Dalton B, Dankovich K.
Early Treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Palliative Approach. American
Journal of Perinatology. January, 2017. DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1596054
5) Mayo RM, Summey JF, Williams JE, Spence RA, Kim S, Jagsi R. A Qualitative Study of
Oncologists’ Views on the CancerLinQ Rapid Learning System. Journal of Oncology
Practice. 2017 13:3, e176-e184
6) Dickes L, Summey J, Mayo RM, Hudson J, Sherrill WW, Chen L. Potential for Medicaid
Savings: A State and National Comparison of an Innovative Neonatal Abstinence
Syndrome Treatment Model. Population Health Management. . 2017
Dec;20(6):458-464. doi: 10.1089/pop.2016.0158. Epub 2017 Apr 14.
7) Mayo RM, Griffin SF, Pribonic AP, Rollins M. The Reality of the Affordable Care Act
Implementation among the Chronically Uninsured: a Qualitative Study. Diversity and
Equality in Health and Care (2016) 13(3): 251-256.
8) Sherrill WW, Mayo RM, Truong KD, Pribonic P, Schalkoff CA. Assessing Medical Student
Cultural Competence: What Really Matters. International Journal of Medical
Education. 2016;7:248-254.
9) Mayo RM, Parker VG, Sherrill WW, Coltman K, Hudson M, Yates A, Nichols C. Cutting
Corners: Provider Perceptions of Interpretation Services and Factors Related to Use
of an Ad hoc Interpreter. Hispanic Healthcare International 2016, Vol. 14(2) 73-80.
10)Griffin SF, Mayo RM, Pribonic AP. Stigmatization and discrimination perceptions among
the uninsured: "They treat you different. It's a different type care..."
International Journal of Health Sciences. 2016: 3(4)1-6.
11)Chen L, Mayo RM, Chatry A, Hu G. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Its Epidemiology and
Implication beyond Pregnancy. Current Epidemiology Reports. March 2016, Volume 3,
Issue 1, pp 1-11.
12)Zhang Y, Hu G, Zhang L, Chen L, Mayo RM. A Novel Testing Model for Opportunistic
Screening of Pre-diabetes and Diabetes among U.S. Adults. PLoS One. Mar 19,
2015. 10(3.)
13)*Gibson LM, Thomas S, Parker V, Mayo RM, Wetsel MA. Breast Cancer Fear in African
American Breast Cancer Survivors. Journal of Cultural Diversity. Vol. 21, No. 4,
December, 2014.
14)*Mayo RM; Sherrill WW; Truong KT; Nichols C. Preparing for Patient Centered Care:
Assessing Nursing Students’ Knowledge, Comfort, and Cultural Competence toward
Latinos. Journal of Nursing Education. June, 2014. Volume 53, Number 6, 305-312.
15)Sherrill WW; Mayo RM. Medical and Nursing Student Communication Skills: Preparing to
Treat Latino Patients. Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media and
Engagement in Global Health. Journal of Communication in Healthcare. July, 2014,
Volume 7, Number 2, 128-136.
16)McCracken, J.L., Friedman, D.B., Brandt, H.M., Arp Adams, S., Xirasagar, S., Ureda,
J.R.,Mayo, RM, Comer, K., Evans, M., Fedrick, D., Talley, J., Broderick, M., &
Hebert, J.R. (2013). Findings from the Community Health Intervention Program in
South Carolina: Implications for reducing cancer-related health disparities.
Journal of Cancer Education, 28(3), 412-419.
17)Mayo, RM, Sherrill, WW, Griffin S, Parker VG. Content, Placement, and Acquisition
of Cancer Education for Latino Patient Care: A Qualitative Study of Medical and
Nursing Students. Journal of Cancer Education. December 2012, Volume 27, Issue 4,
pp 618-624.
18)*Bendik M, Mayo RM, Parker V. Knowledge, Perceptions, and Motivations Related to HPV
Vaccination among College Women. Journal of Cancer Education 2011 Sep; 26(3):459-64.
19)*Williams JE, Kabukuru A, Mayo R, Griffin SF. A social-ecological perspective on
obesity Among Latinos. Ethnicity and Disease. Ethnicity & Disease, Volume 21, Autumn
2011: 467-472.
20)*Sherrill W, Mayo R, Mayo W, Burroughs K. Keys to Cultural Competence in Outpatient
Practice: Observations from the Field. AAMA Executive Online (American Academy of
Medical Administrators); March / April 2010,
21)*Chavez-Martinez, America; Cason, Katherine L.; Mayo, Rachel; Nieto-Montenegro,
Sergio; Williams, Joel E.; Haley-Zitin, Vivian. Assessment of Predisposing,
Enabling, and Reinforcing Factors Toward Food Choices and Healthy Eating Among
Hispanics in South Carolina. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 25(1):47-59,
January/March 2010.
22)Mayo RM, Scott D, Williams D. The Upstate Witness Project: Addressing Breast and
Cervical Cancer Disparities through African American Churches. Journal of the South
Carolina Medical Association.105(7):290-296, December, 2009.
23)*Parra-Medina D, Messias D, Fore E, Mayo RM, Prabhu-Das I, Petry D. The Partnership
for Cancer Prevention: Addressing Access to Cervical Cancer Screening among Latinas
in South Carolina. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.
105(7):297-308, December, 2009.
24)Sherrill, Windsor Westbrook and Mayo Rachel. Impacting the Health of Latino
Communities: A Promotora Model for Rural South Carolina. Global Health - an Online
Journal for the Digital Age, 2(1), 2009.

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega, Mu Chapter, Public Health Honorary Society, 1997-present.
Award of Distinction, National Scholars Program, Clemson University, 2008.
Visiting Professor, Summer, 2009. Global Health, Universidad de San Ramón, San
Ramón, Costa Rica.
Award of Excellence in Advising, College of HEHD, Clemson University, 2010.
Outstanding Faculty Member, President’s Commission on the Status of Women,
Clemson University, 2011.
Visiting Professor, Spring semester, 2012. Global Health, Women’s Health, Universidad
de San Ramón, San Ramón, Costa Rica.
Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (ACBCYW),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018-2020
Institute for the Advancement of Health Care Scholar, Greenville Health
System Greenville, SC, 2012-Present
Wallace R. Roy Distinguished Professorship, Clemson University, 2017-2020


SC Witness Project Video

No Woman Should Die of Cervical Cancer

Academic Minute

CDC Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women

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