Rhonda Dailey, MD is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences (DFMPHS) in the School of Medicine and Scientific Director to the Office of Community Engaged Research (OCEnR), within the Office of the Vice President of Research, at Wayne State University. Formally trained in medicine, Dr. Dailey has over 20 years of experience in behavioral and health-disparities research and expertise in the recruitment and retention of minority populations and the engagement of medical professionals and community stakeholders in research. Her research work includes projects focused on community engaged research, perinatal health, health equity and disparities related to chronic disease (particularly asthma and hypertension), patient attitudes and beliefs about health, and healthcare quality. Through the Office of Community Engaged Research and collaborative efforts, she has spearheaded diversity and inclusion efforts to hold dozens of Implicit Bias workshops within the School of Medicine and outside of WSU. Additionally, she has provided many talks on understanding how racism has contributed to medical mistrust and challenges in study recruitment and retention among African Americans.
Dr. Dailey is currently supported by several NIH research grants: She is a co-investigator and Co-Associate Director to the Community Engagement Core of the Achieve Greater Center grant, which aims to reduce cardiometabolic health disparities and downstream Black-White lifespan inequalities (PI: Phillip Levy); an Investigator Developing Independent Research Careers supplement recipient to explore participants perceptions and history of health care, asthma, and asthma management in a intervention study to improve asthma controller medication adherence in emerging African American Adults (Detroit Young Adult Asthma Project, PI: Karen MacDonell); a co-investigator and site-Principal Investigator to a study exploring how maternal and paternal psychosocial factors influence birth outcomes for mothers (Biosocial Impact on Black Births Study, PI: Carmen Giurgescu); and a clinical coordinator to a grant aimed to increase COVID-19 and other vaccination access to adults with developmental disabilities, their families, and caregivers (PI: Sharon Milberger).