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Faculty and Staff Profile

Rachel Mayo

Director of Research

Office: 519 Edwards Hall
Phone: 864-656-7435
Fax: 864-656-6227
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 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 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 $3 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 19 years. She serves on a number of state and national boards including: AcademyHealth, Health Disparities Interest group; 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) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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.)
7) *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.
8) *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.
9) 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.
10) 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.
11) 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.
12) *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.
13) *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.
14) *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,
15) *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.
16) 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.
17) *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.
18) 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.


SC Witness Project Video
No Woman Should Die of Cervical Cancer
Academic Minute