Dr. Sula Hood is a Senior Research Communications Analyst in the Patient, Provider, and Community Engagement Program (PPCE) at RTI. She has extensive training and experience in community-engaged health disparities and health communication research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including a two-year National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded traineeship in Eliminating Health Disparities completed in the nationally recognized Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL).
Dr. Hood joined RTI in 2022 and plays a key role in All of Us, an NIH effort to enroll one million or more participants in a longitudinal research cohort. As part of this effort, All of Us is reaching out to populations that have been underrepresented in biomedical research and recently launched a researcher academy focused on minority-serving institutions. Dr. Hood holds an interest in understanding patterns and characteristics of interpersonal communication within families, with an emphasis on family health history information sharing. She utilizes her study findings to inform the development of community-based programs and strategies to promote the importance of family health history awareness and genomic literacy.
Dr. Hood is an expert in the design, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based public health programs and interventions. Since 2008, her research has focused on the design and testing of culturally sensitive health communication strategies for promoting health behavior changes, and has covered a variety of health topics, including cancer screening and prevention, physical activity, and COVID-19 vaccination. She is highly experienced in conducting formative studies to inform the development of solutions that are responsive to the expressed needs and preferences of community stakeholders.
Her professional experience includes over 15 years of leading community engaged research studies, with a focus on advancing health equity and improving outcomes among minority and underserved populations. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Health Disparities at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. In 2016, she was recognized as a Duke Social Networks and Health Fellow. She is also an invited member of the NIH Family Health History Group.