Monique Reed PhD, RN

Monique Reed, PhD RN, is an Associate Professor of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing and Assistant Dean of Generalist Education at Rush University Medical Center, College of Nursing.  Dr. Reed received her PhD in Nursing Research in 2011 where she completed a National Institute of Nursing Research-funded health disparities training grant at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  Her work is influenced by extensive training in health disparities research with a focus on community-engaged approaches to obesity prevention in African American adolescents. Dr. Reed was born and raised in Chicago and educated through the Chicago Public School system.  As a daughter of a Jamaican immigrant mother that raised her as a single parent; she knows the importance, strength and influence of family, extended family, kinship bonds, and community and began her nursing career as a public health nurse working with community-based organizations of the West Side of Chicago.  Currently, Dr. Reed facilitates pipeline programs for students from minority communities into careers in the health professions by serving as co-faculty director for the Center for Community Health Equity (CCHE) summer internship program.  Through a partnership with DePaul and Rush University, the CCHE summer internship program is designed to give relevant and needed health equity and research exposure to undergraduate students from racial/ ethnic minority backgrounds, that are seeking graduate careers in the health and social sciences.  Her scholarly work has been focused on community-engaged health disparities research through original peer-reviewed articles, opinion editorials, scholarly presentations, and awards for research, scholarship, and creative activity grants.  Her commitment to reducing childhood obesity was featured in the American Heart Association national campaign ad.