Guitele Rahill, PhD

Guitele J. Rahill, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at USF, received her PhD in Social Welfare from Florida International University where she was a Presidential Fellow. Dr. Rahill serves on several committees at the Departmental, College and University levels and on community and professional committees at the local, regional and national levels. She mentors undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students at USF and nationally in the fields of social work, public health and medicine. Dr. Rahill also chairs and serves on dissertation committees and has served on thesis committees. She currently serves on the State of Florida Cultural & Linguistic Competency Task Force on Children’s Mental Health System of Care Expansion Project. Dr. Rahill has served as keynote speaker and invited guest lecturer at several national and international conferences on Haitian health/mental health. She has published several articles in venues such as the American Journal of Public health, the Journal of Ethnicity and Health, the American Journal of Psychotherapy, the Disasters Journal and the Journal of Health care for the Poor and Underserved. She has been honored with the Russell Ewald Award for Academic and Research Excellence, and the CRUSADA Award for Research Excellence in the Reduction of Health Disparities in Florida. In 2013, USF honored her with the Diversity Award for her accomplishments in international social work and for her mentoring of diverse students at all levels and across disciplines. Dr. Rahill’s research focuses on reducing HIV and mental health disparities for Haitians, by increasing knowledge regarding traditional Haitian health beliefs and practices, and by enhancing culturally relevant skills of clinicians and others who engage Haitians.