Ph.D., M.S., Harvard University
Social and behavioral determinants of chronic disease; health disparities; community-based participatory methods applied to create health equity; diabetes prevention; impact of the built environment on healthful living
Dr. Arroyo received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in social epidemiology at Morehouse School of Medicine. She joined Walden in September 2010 and currently teaches epidemiology and biostatistics. Prior to Walden, she played a vital role in the development and accreditation of a School of Public Health in rural Georgia as the Master of Public Health Program Director. She has taught courses in epidemiology and community health focused on health disparities, health equity, and social determinants of health. For the past eight years, Dr. Arroyo has led and collaborated on several externally funded community-based participatory research and evaluation projects in chronic disease prevention and management and using secondary data for research. She remains committed to the idea that the elimination of health disparities and creation of health equity cannot happen without substantially shifting the social, political, ethical, and economic paradigms that perpetuate them.