Tonya Roberson, Ph.D., MPH, DTR
Health Care Disparities Expert
Dr. Tonya Roberson is the Director of Community Engagement, Program Development and Academic Success / Adjunct Faculty in the College of Health and Human Services. She has an associate degree in dietetic technology/food service systems management, a bachelor’s degree in health administration, a master’s degree in public health from DePaul University and a doctoral degree in Community Psychology from National Louis University.
Before joining Governors State, Dr. Roberson served as a registered dietician and food services manager at several Chicago hospitals, a community health consultant, and a research project administrator at two Chicago-based universities. She also was on the faculty at Chicago State University.
Dr. Roberson’s research sheds light on:
- Barriers faced by racial/ethnic minorities in receiving health care
- The challenges of healthy eating in underserved communities
- Diabetes self-management in the African American community
Recent relevant works:
- Great Minds Think Alike: Embracing collective impact to reduce the prevalence of violence in Chicago’s Woodlawn Community at Project Hood
- The Hairapist Is In: Feasibility of utilizing African American barbershops and beauty salon owners in promoting community health education
- Organizational Alliances: Increasing the capacity of a minority serving institution (MSI) to conduct cancer disparities research through a community-engaged approach
Dr. Roberson is available to talk about health disparities experienced by minorities as well as any of the areas mentioned above. If you would like to arrange an interview with Dr. Roberson, please contact Zion Banks, Media & External Relations, 708.235.7685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.