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Faculty and Staff Profile

Arelis Moore de Peralta

Assistant Professor

Office: 2078 Barre Hall
Phone: 864-656-0719
Fax: 864-656-6281
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. International Family and Community Studies
Clemson University 2011

M.Ed. Higher Education
Ibero-American University (UNIBE) 2006

M.P.H. Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology
Santo Domingo Autonomous University 1996

M.D. Medical Doctor
Santiago Technological University 1990

 Courses Taught

Graduate Courses
FCS 8300 Community Development Principles and Practice (Critical Thinking Learning Seminar)
FCS 8360 Cultural Area Studies on Families and Communities in Latin-America and The Caribbean
FCS 8920 Special Topics Course in Community-Based Participatory Research
FCS 8920 Special Topics Course in Program Evaluation (Co-taught with Dr. Mark Small)
FCS 840 Topics in Societal and International Research (one of three modules: Building Healthier Commmunities Strategies in Developing Countries)

Undergraduate Courses
SPAN 4190 Health and the Hispanic Communities
SPAN 4150 Spanish for Health Professionals
SPAN 4180 Technical Spanish for Health Management Professionals
HEHD 3990 Building Healthier Communities in the Dominican Republic (Creative Inquiry, Study Abroad and Critical Thinking Learning Seminar)


Arelis Moore de Peralta (MEd, MPH, MD, Dominican Republic; PhD, Clemson) is an assistant professor with an inter-disciplinary joint appointment between the Department of Languages and Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies (YFCS). Dr. Moore is also the faculty advisor for first year graduate students in the inter-disciplinary doctoral program on International Family and Community Studies. Prior, she was the director of the Center for Community Services (CCS), an activity of CU/IFNL located in Simpsonville, SC, and the center’s Café Cultura, a Hispanic family outreach and support program within the center. Dr. Moore’s doctoral dissertation research was on “Health Beliefs and Socio-Cultural Factors that Predict Cervical Cancer Screening Behaviors Among Hispanic Women in Seven Cities in the Upstate of South Carolina.” She volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Best Chance Network, and with cancer prevention efforts among Hispanic women in Greenville, SC. Dr. Moore received the Vera Paster Award in October 2009, which was given by the American Orthopsychiatric Association in recognition of her work with Latino immigrants, and she received the Kimbrough-Melton Parents Award in April 2010. Café Cultura was honored with a Yellow Rose Award by the Hispanic American Women’s Association in 2010. Dr. Moore formerly was a faculty member in the School of Medicine at the Ibero-American University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo. A public health specialist, she is an epidemiologist who coordinated disease preventive and control programs in the Ministry of Public Health in the Dominican Republic and for the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO). She also participated in the Caribbean health surveillance programs of the Centers for Disease Control.

 Research Interests

Community Health and Well-being; Community-Based Participatory Research; Behavioral Health; Buidling Healthier Communities; Chronic Diseases Prevention and Control; Cervical Cancer; Hispanic/Latino families

 Research Publications

• Gillispie, M., Mobley, C., Gibson, L.M., & Moore de Peralta, A. (2016). Perceptions of and Preferences for a Mobile Health Clinic for Underserved Populations: Results of Five Focus Groups. Accepted for publication in GHS Proceedings.
• Moore de Peralta, A., Holaday, B., (2016). Impact of Economic Trends and Disparities on South Carolina Children’s Health and Well-being: An Analysis Of the 2015 KIDS COUNT Profile. Accepted for publication in SC Nursing Magazine.
• Moore de Peralta, A., Holaday, B., & McDonell, J. (2015). Factors affecting Hispanic women's participation in screening for cervical cancer. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17, 684-695. doi:10.1007/s10903-014-9997-7.
• Moore de Peralta, A., Tam, A., & Melton, G. B. (in prep.). Opening the door and seeking the center: Challenges for immigrant parents and their children. In G. B. Melton (Ed.), Good neighbors: Safe and humane communities for children and families. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.


Decipher TV Interview on Creative Inquiry project
Clemson World Story on CI project and WFIC