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Rachel M. Mayo, Ph.D.

Professor in Public Health Sciences, Department Research Coordinator

Rachel Mayo
Dept of Public Health Sciences
Edwards 519
Tel. (864) 656-7435

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Dr. Rachel M. Mayo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Norman School of Public Health at University of South Carolina.

Ph.D. - University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health 
M.A. - University of Arkansas
B.S. - University of Arkansas 

Dr. Mayo's research interests include cancer prevention and control and health disparities among minority and underserved, particularly African American and Latino populations.  She has been the principal or co-investigator on more than $2 million in grants and contracts to support her work. She currently serves as co-P,I with Dr. Windsor Sherrill, on a National Institutes of Health grant, “Student Provider Perceptions of Latino  Patients in Cancer Care Settings” to examine medical and nursing students’ readiness to treat Latino patients.  She also is the Clemson PI of “The South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network II-The Witness Project”,  a National Cancer Institute grant collaboration with USC (Dr. James Hebert, PI) 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. Since 2008, this program has reached over 2,000 women. 


  • Bendik, M, Mayo, RM, Parker, V.  Knowledge, Perceptions, and Motivations Related to HPV Vaccination among College Women.  Journal of Cancer Education.  2011, September; 26(3): 459-64.
  • 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.
  • Sherrill, W, Mayo, RM, 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.
  • 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.
  • Mayo, RM, Sherrill, WW, Crew L.  Attitudes and Perceptions of Hispanic Patients and Health Care Providers in the Treatment of Hispanic Patients.  A Review of the Literature.  Hispanic Healthcare International, 2007; 5(2): 64-72.
  • Sherrill W, Crew L, Mayo RM, Mayo WW, Rogers BL and Haynes DF. Educational and health services innovation to improve care for rural Hispanic communities in  the USA. Education for Health. Journal of Remote and Rural Health. November, 2005; 18 (3): 356-367.
  • Mayo RM, Sherrill WW, Crew L, Watt P, Mayo WW.  Connecting Rural Hispanic and African American Women to Breast Cancer Screening Services: the Avon Health Connector Project.  Journal of Cancer Education 2004; 19:123-126.
  • Mayo RM,  Erwin D, Spitler H.  Implications for Breast and Cervical Cancer Control for Latinas in the Rural South:  A Review of the Literature.  Journal of Cancer Control:  Cancer, Culture and Literacy Supplement. Sept/Oct, 2003, 10 (5).
  • Mayo RM, Parker VG, and Hunter A. Fatalism toward Breast Cancer among Ghanaian Women.  Health Care for Women International. August, 2003 24(7)608-616.
  • Mayo RM, Ureda JR, Parker V. Importance of Fatalism in Understanding Mammography Screening in Rural Elderly Women. Journal of Women and Aging. 2001:13(1) 57-72.
  • Spitler H, Mayo R, and Parker VG (2001) Lets Begin With the Worst: Patterns of Breast, Cervical, Colorectal and Prostate Cancer in the Appalachian Region of South Carolina. Ethnicity and Disease. 2001;11(1) 51-59. 


  • Summer, 2009 and Spring, 2011: Global Health, Women’s Health, Universidad de San Ramón, San Ramón, Costa Rica.
  • HLTH 202 - Introduction to Public Health
  • HLTH 310 - Women’s Health  
  • HLTH 315 - Social Epidemiology
  • HLTH 380 - Epidemiology
  • HLTH 410 - Maternal and Child Health
  • HLTH 411 - Special Needs of High Risk Children
  • HLTH 420 - Health Science Internship
  • HLTH 450/650 - Applied Behavioral Change Strategies
  • HLTH 470 - International Health
  • HLTH 490 - Research Methods
  • HLTH/MICRO 809 - Epidemiology


  • National Institutes of Health, Office of Minority Health, Grant Reviewer, 2009-present.
  • Journal Reviewer:  Journal of Cancer Education, 2010-present. Manuscript reviewer.
  • Journal Reviewer:  Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 2007-present. 
  • Journal Reviewer:  Journal of Family and Community Health, 2009-present.  
  • Journal Reviewer:  Health Promotion Practice, Journal of the Society of Public Health Education 2000-present.  Manuscript reviewer.
  • International/American Association for Cancer Education, 2002-Present.
  • American Public Health Association. 1991-Present.
  • South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network, Community Core Committee, 2005-present.
  • South Carolina Cancer Alliance, Breast and Cervical Workgroup, 2002-present.
  • South Carolina State Central Cancer Registry Advisory Board, Surveillance Committee SC DHEC.  2000-Present. 


  • Cancer, Culture and Literacy Institute, Trainee, Moffitt Cancer Center, January, 2002-2003.
  • Award of Distinction, National Scholars Program, Clemson University, March, 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, May, 2010. 
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Clemson University, April, 2011.
  • Visiting Professor, Spring, 2011. Global Health, Women’s Health Universidad de San Ramón, San Ramón, Costa Rica.
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