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Live Authentically in Thought, Word,

and Deed. Dr. Ma'at

Educator. Mentor. Scholar. Health Activist.

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For 30 years, as a health activist, I have carried out my work in communities full of wonderfully diverse Black people across the nation. I developed health programming and conducted research for and with communities of color to aid in the reduction of health inequities and the resultant disparities in Black communities across the nation and internationally. More recently, I have focused my research and practice on serving Black women. As a womanist researcher, I go to where the work needs to be done to highlight the voices of Black women's health. I also mentor graduate and undergraduate students, who are women in conducting research with and for diverse Black women.


As an awarded social and behavioral health scientist with an emphasis in Health Communication, I founded and served as CEO of the national non-profit Center for African American Health Disparities Education and Research (CAAHDER), Inc. in 2018, a community-based health organization serving Black American populations primarily through health services, health research, and outreach to and within communities which have gained national status. CAAHDER was internationally recognized for its health research in 2021. CAAHDER’s research is the foundation of CAAHDER’s interventions and outreach.


As an activist and advocate for growing the next Black community-engaged researchers and because I love mentoring, CAAHDER served as a national pipeline with Black Women! Manifest. This collaborative program is a supportive and affirming environment to grow and engaged Black women's emergent research interests in Black health disparities and inequities through research, intervention development/dissemination, and through presentations and publication development. The goal is to motivate students to consider obtaining a PHD or other research career where Black women's voices critically need to be heard.


In 2021 I stepped down as CEO of CAAHDER to assume the position of Principal Consultant. My aim is to link this critical work with my new role as Assistant Professor of Communication, Women and Gender, and African American Studies Programs at George Mason University To expand my community-engaged research interest into the Metro DC and MD areas.

What They Say . . .

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Gary Kreps, PhD
 Distinguished Professor at George Mason University

I am pleased to recommend Dr. Warren as a health promotion/health communication scholar and practitioner, especially related to promotion health equity. She has a proven track record of excellent research and program development. She thinks critically about the hey contributing factors to health inequities. As a health equity researcher myself, who also focuses on developing appropriate and salient health behavior programs for minority communities, I am excited to support Dr. Warren's professional endeavors!

Peri Neron
Executive Director,  Disability Services at NJ Department of Public Health

 I have worked with Dr. Warren on projects that informed community health services and funding proposals at the New Jersey Department of Health. She is an enthusiastic and capable leader who gets the job done. Dr. Warren was an amazing partner on ShapingNJ—a talented and innovative communicator.

Tracey Collins, MD.
 Dean University of New Mexico College of Population Health

I have known Dr. Warren for several years. Dr. Warren is adept at obtaining funding and at managing multiple projects and programs with excellence. She is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team leader with the ability to professionally manage staff based on their strengths. Dr. Warren excels at communicating with stakeholders to get buy-in and to participate in collaborative endeavors. I am proud of her accomplishments.

Michael Hecht, PhD.

Dr. Warren has a Ph.D. in Health Communication working primarily as a behavioral and social scientist and whose interdisciplinary scholarship is the combination of sociology, psychology, and anthropology robust with the use of observation, research, and communication strategies and skills as well as the use of multiple methods. Dr. Warren’s scholarship is in health equity and tends to focus on addiction and other chronic diseases with low-income communities by overseeing and developing programs, evidence-based interventions, and in investigating perceptions, behavior, and decision-making. As well as, addressing cultural and social factors as these relate to mental health and community-based interventions. Her work informs public and population health.



George Mason University

4400 University Dr.

Fairfax, VA 22030


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