Rebekah Rodericks

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Biomed D-210

Rebekah Rodericks, MSc

Junior Specialist

Academic Degrees

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

Research Grants

Current Projects:

(PI) Hawaii Health Data Warehouse ( Funded by the Hawaii Department of Health.  HHDW was created to standardize the collection and management of public health data for the State of Hawaii, to monitor progress towards Healthy People Goals, and to make data readily available to researchers, policy makers, and the public.

(Project Director) Healthy Hawaii Initiative Evaluation Team (2010 to present). PI Dr. Catherine Pirkle and Co-I Tetine Sentell (previous PIs Dr. Jay Maddock and Dr. Vanessa Buchthal). Funded by the Hawaii Department of Health. Role: Develops evaluation research projects for the Healthy Hawaii Initiative (HHI), a statewide program that is informed by a social-ecological approach to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, reduce tobacco use, and promote chronic disease prevention. Focuses primarily on school health and youth-related evaluation projects.

Past Projects:

(PI) Safe Routes to School on Kauai (2015 to 2016). Funded by the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

(PI) Environmental & Policy Change to Promote Physical Activity and Nutrition on Maui and Kauai (2015 to 2016). Funded by the Hawaii Department of Health.

(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

  • Peck, K., Rodericks, R., Irvin L., Johnson L., Tamashiro, J., Ching L., Sentell T., & Pirkle C., (2020). Identifying best practices in implementation and enforcement of flavored tobacco product restrictions and bans: lessons from experts. Tobacco Control. Published online first: 16 October 2020.
  • Rodericks, R., Vu, U., Holmes, J.R., Ryan, J., and Sentell, T., (2018). Data highlights from the Hawai‘i youth risk behavior survey: links between academic achievement and health behaviors. Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine & Public Health, Insights in Public Health, Nov 2018, 77(11), 297-304.
  • Zhang, M., Rodericks, R., Lee, S., and Maddock, J., (2014). Public objections to environmental tobacco smoke among adults in Hawai’i. Global Health Journal, 1, 29-36. 
  • 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.