Rebekah Rodericks

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Rebekah Rodericks, MSPH

Junior Specialist

Academic Degrees

  • MSc (Public Health Research), The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • BA (Community Health), Brown University

Research Grants

(PI) Hawaii Health Data Warehouse ( and (PI) Environmental & Policy Change to Promote Physical Activity and Nutrition on Maui and Kauai (2015 to present). Funded by the Hawaii Department of Health.

(PI) Safe Routes to School on Kauai (2015 to present).  Funded by the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

(Project Director) Healthy Hawaii Initiative Evaluation Team (2010 to present).  PI Dr. Vanessa Buchthal (2015 to present); PI Dr Jay Maddock (prior to 2015).  Funded by the Hawaii Department of Health.  Role: Leads the school health evaluation for the Healthy Hawaii Initiative, a major statewide effort that uses the social-ecological approach to encourage healthy environments and lifestyles.

(PI) Six federal and state funded alcohol and tobacco contracts (2012-2013).  Funded by the Hawaii Department of Health, US Food and Drug Administration, Honolulu Liquor Commission, and Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii.  Role: Responsible for overseeing alcohol and tobacco projects focusing on prevention, education, compliance and advocacy.  The research teams conducted random, unannounced inspections and compliance checks to help enforce and reduce tobacco and alcohol sales to minors.

(Project Manager) Biosen Research Team (2007-2009).   PIs Dr. Trish Jordan and Dr. Leigh Jerome.  Funded by Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center.  Role: Collected physiological data using biosensors in a controlled laboratory setting to identify patterns of physiological arousal associated with tobacco craving.

Awards & Honors

  • Senator Daniel Inouye “Young Star” Recognition (2010)
  • Brown University Scholar Award (2004)
  • Alan Shawn Feinstein Scholarship (2000-2004)
  • Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy Award for Scholastic Achievement & Leadership (2000)

Research Interests

  • Childhood obesity
  • School health and wellness
  • Physical activity and nutrition
  • Tobacco and alcohol
  • Incarceration and public health
  • Public health evaluation

Selected Publications

Jerome, L.W., Jordan, P.J., Rodericks, R., & Fedenczuk, L., (2009). Psycho-physiological arousal and craving in smokers, deprived smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers. Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine, 7, 179-183.

Zhang, M., Rodericks, R., Lee, S., and Maddock, J., (2014).  Public objections to environmental tobacco smoke among adults in Hawaii.  Global Health Journal, 1, 29-36.