Scott D. Rhodes, PhD, MPH, FAAHB, is a public health scientist, whose research focuses on the development,
evaluation, and dissemination of interventions (including behavioral, biomedical, and structural/policy interventions) that are based
on community needs, priorities, and assets in rural and urban settings in nationally and internationally. Specifically, his research
explores health disparities and health equity, focusing on sexual health, HIV, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention,
and other public health priorities, including substance use and obesity, among vulnerable communities. He has extensive
experience working with Latino communities, adolescents, persons with HIV, men of color, self-identifying gay and
bisexual men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender persons.
Dr. Rhodes has strong skills in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods; innovative approaches to
multi-level interventions; community-capacity development; community-based participatory research (CBPR); the application of
behavioral theory; community engagement; photovoice as a methodology of participatory-action research (PAR); natural helper,
lay health advisor, and social network interventions; the exploration of social determinants of health; and internet and social media
platforms in research, including data collection, intervention delivery, and evaluation.
As a member of a longstanding CBPR partnership, Dr. Rhodes led the teams that developed, implemented, and evaluated more
than 12 interventions, including
(Hombres Manteniendo Bienestar y Relaciones Saudables [Men Maintaining Well-being and Healthy Relationships])
which is featured in the CDC Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV
Prevention as the first best-evidence community-level HIV prevention intervention.
Grupos which is also featured in the CDC Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV
HoMBReS-2 - designed to increase HIV testing and condom use among Latino men;
CyBER/M4M (Cyber-Based Education and Referral/Men for Men) - designed to increase HIV awareness among online
HoMBReS por un Cambio (Men for Change) - designed to increase HIV testing and condom use among Latino men;
CyBER/testing - designed to increase HIV testing among online MSM;
MuJEReS (Mujeres Juntas Estableciendo Relaciones Saludables [Women United Establishing Healthy
Relationships]) - designed to reduce HIV risk among Latina women;
HOLA - designed to reduce HIV risk among Latinx MSM and transgender women;
Brothers Leading Healthy Lives - designed to increase condom use among African American/black college men;
C-CAPRELA (Cervical Cancer Prevention for Latinas);
MAP'T (Mobile Apps to Promote Testing) - designed to increase HIV testing among MSM and
transgender who use existing mobile apps for social and sexual networking;
weCare - designed to increase HIV engagement in care among racially/ethnically diverse MSM and transgender women;
ChiCAS (Chicas Creando Acceso a la Salud [Girls Creating Access to Health]) - designed to increase PrEP uptake and
use of medically supervised hormone therapy among Latina transgender women.
In 2005, Dr. Rhodes was awarded: Outstanding Master Project Advisor Award by the WFSM
PA Program in recognition for outstanding performance as a Master Project
Advisor and an authentic commitment to community-based research.
In 2006, he was awarded: 2006 WFSM New Investigator in Clinical Sciences Award for
excellence in research, significant contributions to the biomedical sciences, and exceptional
potential for an outstanding academic career.
In 2007, he was awarded: Professional and Community Service Award, Division of Public
Health Sciences, WFSM, for longstanding success in developing exceptional programs to
address the public health needs of the greater community and expanding the public health
outreach efforts of the Division and Institution.
In 2009, he was awarded: The HIV/AIDS Section Leadership Award, American Public Health Association, for
his service as Section Chair, 2008-2009.
In 2010, he was awarded: AIDS Care Service Board of Trustees Leadership Award.
In 2011, he was awarded: Chatham Social Health Council Board of Directors Leadership Award.
In 2015, he was awarded: Federation of Korean-American Associations, Southeastern USA, Certificate of Appreciation.
In 2015, he was awarded: John Bartlett Innovation in Research Award, NC Community AIDS Fund.
In 2016, he was awarded: Best Abstract, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, HIV/AIDS Section.