Education PhD in Epidemiology, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine Master of Public Health (MPH), University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine BS in Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Clark Atlanta University
Dr. Tralonda Triplett joins Simmons University as course designer for Public Health Leadership & Management. Prior to joining Simmons, she earned undergraduate honors in Business Administration and Industrial and Systems Engineering from Clark Atlanta University and Georgia Tech respectively. She is honored as a McKnight Doctoral Fellow and Distinguished Alumna of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine where she earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Epidemiology.
Her dissertation, titled “Praying Hands: Influences of Religiosity and Spirituality on Sexual Risk-Taking Among Black, College-Attending Emerging Adults,” enhanced existing HIV risk profiles of this unique subpopulation and revealed associations of spirituality and religiosity with sexual risk behaviors and socio-sexual networks. Her research philosophy has since focused on initiating and sustaining health behaviors among college-attending emerging adult populations.
A social epidemiologist and public health ethicist, Dr. Triplett brings unique approaches to health promotion and disease prevention in her current role as global health consultant and director of operations for the Institute for Successful Leadership. Dr. Triplett has invested more than two decades into her signature style of developing health research, communication, and behavioral interventions that are theoretically sound, culturally competent, and geared toward comprehensive wellness for all populations. Her prevention interventions have spanned myriad health priorities, including HIV/AIDS/STIs, violence against women, unwanted/unintended pregnancy, gang participation, substance abuse, sexual assault, and a range of chronic and infectious diseases. She has also authored professional development programs for global health professionals at Population Services International and served as a national coach and technical assistance provider for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Work@Health® workplace health promotion program. Her passion and commitment to contributing to public health policy, planning, and practice led to her to the International Journal of Ethnic College Health for which she serves as editor-in-chief. She also provides keynote presentations promoting ecological approaches to disease prevention across the life span.
Her varied expertise effecting positive change in population health status and policy from public, private, governmental, academic, and global perspectives make her an excellent addition to the Simmons University faculty. She eagerly welcomes the opportunity to impart the benefits of her experience to emerging leaders in the field of public health.