College of Health Sciences
Dr. Risica is a contributing faculty member in the PhD in Public Health program. Dr. Risica has a B.S. from the Ohio State University, and MPH and DrPH from Johns Hopkins University and 6 years of previous experience in clinical nutrition. Upon joining Brown University, Dr. Risica was Director of Data Management and the Survey Center (1997-2001). In addition, Dr. Risica was Evaluation Director for the Center of Excellence in Women's Health (2003-2005). Dr. Risica previously served as Co-Investigator for a number of projects and currently functions as the Co-PI and Evaluation Coordinator for several ongoing large intervention projects involving nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation. Dr. Risica was PI of SisterTalk@Home as well as two recently completed studies, "Baby's Breath: Reducing ETS Exposure of Pregnant Women and Newborns", and "SCRIPT New England: Postpartum Maintenance of Abstinence from Tobacco," all of which were initiated by Dr. Thomas Lasater (deceased). Dr. Risica is currently PI along with Dr. Kim Gans of a project creating and testing interventions to improve the food and physical activity environments of family child care homes (2014-2019).
Dr. Risica has served as the Epidemiologist and Evaluator for the Initiative for Healthy Weight (IHW) for the Department of Health (DOH) (2009-2014). She is currently serving in the same capacity for the CDC funded WISEWOMAN project. In these roles, Dr. Risica interfaces with many divisions and projects within the DOH as well as the many community partners working on IHW workgroups and projects.
Dr. Risica is also currently the President and Advocacy Chairperson for the Rhode Island Public Health Association, and is Past President (2003-04). She is also on the board of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association and is serving on the Action Board and Joint Policy Committee. She is Past Chair of that Section (2006-07).