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Rachel Royce

Senior Research Epidemiologist

Rachel Royce, PhD, MPH, senior research epidemiologist, has more than 20 years' experience in the design and conduct of epidemiology and public health research with a focus on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and maternal child health. She joined RTI in 2001 after 8 years as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Royce has a strong background in research methodology and the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, and preterm delivery. She has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on several research projects and has written numerous publications. She has directed and collaborated on grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts funded by a variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Fulbright Commission. Dr. Royce is the principal investigator and project director for the North Carolina Site of CDC's Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC).


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University; PhD, Epidemiology, University of California at Berkeley; MPH, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley; BA, Biology, Brown University.

Latest Publications

Royce, R.A., Colson, P.W., Woodsong, C., Woodsong, C., Swinson-Evans T, , Walton, W., et al. (2015). Tuberculosis Knowledge, Awareness, and Stigma Among African-Americans in Three Southeastern Counties in the USA: a Qualitative Study of Community Perspectives. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Advance Online Publication .
Pagaoa MA, , Royce, R.A., Chen MP, , Golub JE, , Davidow AL, , Hirsch-Moverman, Y., et al. (2015). Risk factors for transmission of tuberculosis among United States-born African Americans and Whites. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 19 (12):1485-1492.
Howley, M.M., Rouse, C.D., Katz, D.J., Colson, P.W., Hirsch-Moverman, Y., & Royce, R.A. (2015). Knowledge and Attitudes About Tuberculosis Among US-Born Blacks and Whites with Tuberculosis. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17 (5):1487-1495.
Colson, P.W., Couzens, G.L., Royce, R.A., Kline, T., Chavez-Lindell, T., Welbel, S., et al. (2014). Examining the Impact of Patient Characteristics and Symptomatology on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Among Foreign-born Tuberculosis Cases in the US and Canada. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16 (1):125-135.
Bright, P.L., Turner, A.N., Morrison, C.S., Wong, E.L., Kwok, C., Yacobson, I., Royce, R.A., et al. (2011). Hormonal contraception and area of cervical ectopy: A longitudinal assessment. Contraception, 84 (5):512-519.
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  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS
  • Maternal and Child Health