Core Faculty

Kimberly Jacob ArriolaKimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, MPH is a Professor in BSHE and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at RSPH. Dr. Arriola has spent her entire career at Emory, with all of her scholarship devoted to improving the health of African Americans and other underserved populations. With an emphasis on racial disparities in chronic disease prevention and access to care, she has received continued funding to develop and evaluate culturally-sensitive interventions and has worked closely with national and community-based organizations to design and conduct program evaluations. email:

Carla J. BergCarla J. Berg, PhD, is an Associate Professor in BSHE at the RSPH and the Associate Director for Population Sciences at Winship Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Kansas, completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in behavioral medicine, and then completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Medicine. In 2017, she completed her MBA at Emory’s Goizueta Business School. Her research primarily focuses on the epidemiology and sociocontextual determinants of substance use and mental health among vulnerable populations, particularly young adults. Her research largely focuses on tobacco and marijuana use. She also has a significant interest in cancer survivorship, addressing quality of life and improved health behaviors among this population. She has received funding from NIH, the CDC, and various other internal and external sources to support her

Cam EscofferyCam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES is an Associate Professor in BSHE at RSPH. She has an MPH from Emory University and a PhD from the University of Georgia in the area of health promotion. Her research interests are health promotion, cancer and chronic disease prevention and control, implementation science and evaluation. She also has considerable experience in conducting public health training for the Southeastern Institute for Training and Evaluation at RSPH, Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), and Corporate University of CDC. She has led local and national trainings on how to locate, select, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions for public health professionals. She was the PI of the Evaluating Special Events for Cancer Screening project which involved the conduct of a systematic review of the literature on special events and key informant interviews with practitioners who deliver special events in communities in addition to evaluation of multiple special events across the U.S. to learn more about their purpose, core components, sponsors, costs and outcomes. In addition, she is exploring the adoption and implementation of evidence-based intervention among CDC's Colorectal Cancer Control Program grantees across their years of implementation and evaluating a decision-support system to train on program adaptation among health professionals. She also worked with Drs. Kegler and Berg on the Smoke-free homes project with Atlanta United Way 2-1-1 to promote smoke-free homes among low income families.  email:

Kelli KomroKelli Komro, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. She is a social and behavioral epidemiologist with two decades’ experience as PI or Co-PI of NIH-funded large-scale group-randomized trials evaluating effects of community and policy strategies to promote child and adolescent health and reduce health disparities. Each trial focused on a specific underserved population of youth, both in the US and internationally. NIH has continually funded her research since the 1990s and she has published in the leading public health, prevention science, preventive medicine, addiction and health behavior journals. She received her PhD from the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. email: