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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 a medical epidemiologist and social scientist with experience in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research; particularly on health disparities among Hispanics in the US and Latin-America and the Caribbean. Dr. Moore is currently an assistant professor with an inter-disciplinary joint appointment between the Department of Languages and Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies (YFCS) at Clemson University. Dr. Moore is also the Internal Evaluation Team Coordinator for NSF funded Tigers Advance project. Dr. Moore current inter-disciplinary research includes community-engaged research and partnership to build healthier communities in the Dominican Republic, as well as addressing U.S. Hispanics’ health disparities through development of a culturally and linguistically appropriate measurement tool to assess partnership trust as an outcome of community-based participatory health research and interventions. Prior, she was the director of the Center for Community Services (CCS), an activity of CU/IFNL located in Simpsonville, SC, and the Hispanic family outreach and support program Café Cultura. Dr. Moore de Peralta has published on behavioral health and community-based participatory research in peer-review journals including Hispanic Health Care International, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, GHS Proceedings, Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, American Journal of Infection Control, and South Carolina Nurse. Dr. Moore received the Vera Paster Award in October 2009, by the American Orthopsychiatric Association in recognition of her work with Latino immigrants, and she received the Kimbrough-Melton Parents Award in April 2010. She also received a Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Award from the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences in 2015, and Bradley Mentoring Award on Creative Inquiry in 2018. Dr. Moore formerly was a faculty member in the School of Medicine at the Ibero-American University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo. She coordinated disease preventative 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

Health Disparities; U.S. Minorities; Community-Based Participatory Research; Behavioral Health; Building Healthier Communities; Hispanic/Latino families

 Research Publications

- Moore de Peralta, A., & Holaday, B. (2017). Cues to Cervical Cancer Screening among U.S.-Hispanic Women. Hispanic Health Care International, 15, 5 - 12.

- 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. GHS Proceedings, 1 (2), 97 – 104.

- 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 2016 KIDS COUNT Profile. South Carolina Nurse, 23 (4), 11-13.

- 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

- Lee, E.H., Corcino, M., Moore, A., Garib, Z., Peña, C., & Sanchez, J., (2008). Impact of Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine on bacterial meningitis in the Dominican Republic. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, 24, 161-168.

- Moro, P., Moore, A.; Balcacer, P., Montero, A., Diaz, D., Gomez, V., & Weniger, B.G. (2007). Epidemiology of needle-sticks and other sharps injuries and injection safety practices in the Dominican Republic. American Journal of Infection Control, 35, 552-559.

- Rosario, J., Garib, Z., & Moore, A. (2001). Poliovirus outbreak in Dominican Republic, 2000- 2001. Armed Forces Central Hospital Journal.

- Gómez, E., Moore, A., Sánchez, J., et al. (1998). The epidemiology of Haemophilus influenzae type b carriage among infants and young children in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 17, 782-786.

 Honors and Awards

2015 HEHD Award of Excellence in Graduate Student Advising/Mentoring
2013 South Carolina Peruvians Association, Excellence in Community Service Award
2013 Center for Community Services, Leadership and Community Service Award
2012 South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President’s Award for outstanding achievement in community development
2010 Hispanic American Women Association, Yellow Rose Award conferred to Café Cultura as an outstanding community organization
2010 Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, Clemson University, Kimbrough & Melton Parents Award for outstanding achievement in International Family and Community Studies
2009 American Orthopsychiatric Association, Vera Paster Award for a graduate student’s or postdoctoral fellow’s promising research and public service related to enhancement of the well-being of people of color.


Decipher TV Interview on Creative Inquiry project
Clemson World Story on CI project and WFIC
Building Healthier Communities in the Dominican Republic project
Building Healthier Communities in the Dominican Republic project
Building Healthier Communities in the Dominican Republic project