Alyssa Mayer, Ph.D.
Department of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Alyssa Mayer earned her doctorate (PhD) in Public Health and her MPH in Health Education from the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida in 2015 and 2011, respectively. She received her Certification in Public Health (CPH) from the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) in 2011.
During her six years of graduate study, she worked as a research scientist for the Florida Prevention Research Center (FPRC) and Social Marketing Group (SMG), one of 26 academic-community partnerships funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a member of the Evaluation and Dissemination team at the FPRC, Dr. Mayer was responsible for conducting research for the core center activities, including both formative and summative evaluations of clinical interventions, as well as disseminating this research through numerous first-authored journal articles, book chapters, and oral presentations both in the United States and abroad. A full listing of these publications is included in her CV. She was also a primary writer for the most recent iteration of the Prevention Research Center grant, which was successfully refunded for five years in the fall of 2014. In addition, she served as the editorial assistant for the Journal of School Health, a major peer-reviewed publication, from 2011 to 2015.
Dr. Mayer completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Center for Health Equity Research at Northern Arizona University (NAU), where she collaborated on several large grants addressing health disparities in the American Southwest. At NAU, the transdisciplinary team used implementation science to address health disparities among Native American populations. Dr. Mayer was involved in writing two major National Institute of Health (NIH) grants (U54 and R01) to establish a Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) to develop and disseminate effective interventions implemented in real-world settings to address health disparities among regional Native American populations.
Finally, her most recent position as Editorial Quality Analyst at Research Square LLC / American Journal Experts further diversified her expertise in technical writing and editing. At Research Square, Dr. Mayer evaluated peer-reviewed manuscripts in the biomedical sciences for sound research design and reproducibility, coordinated peer-review and manuscript preparation, collaborated with researchers and journal editors to improve the quality of reporting and encourage best practices in the scientific publishing industry, and served as both an editorial analyst and a quality control (academic) editor, providing editing services to health science researchers from non-English speaking countries.
In addition to 13 peer-reviewed scientific articles, Dr. Mayer has published two book chapters, her doctoral dissertation, and had 20 abstracts accepted for presentation to major professional conferences in the United States and abroad. She currently serves as a reviewer for Preventing Chronic Disease, the Journal of School Health, and the Health Behavior and Policy Review. Dr. Mayer recently accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Health Promotion at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, where she teaches courses in research design and methodology, epidemiology, and scholarly writing.