Maternal & Child Health

Rhonda Waller, PhD, is a psychologist with more than 25 years of professional experience in maternal and child health, education, and human services with an emphasis on program development, leadership development, capacity building, and training and technical assistance. Dr. Waller is highly skilled in program design and implementation, coalition building, and the development of community-based strategies to improve access to health care and education. As Senior Associate, Maternal and Child Health Initiatives, Dr. Waller currently manages several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracts to identify gaps in programmatic services and opportunities for technical assistance and training including the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening and Follow-up Program (SCDNBSFP) and HRSA’s Embedding the Community Health Worker Model into a Public Housing Supportive Services Framework: A Proof-of-Concept Pilot (CHW-PATH). She previously managed HRSA’s Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting / Federal Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA program).

As the Executive Director of Healthy Babies Project (HBP), Inc., Dr. Waller worked with stakeholders and collaborative partners to identify funding and services to complement HBP’s programs dedicated to decreasing infant mortality among low-income, high-risk African American women in the District of Columbia. Prior to that, Dr. Waller served as the Social Service Coordinator for the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center – Early Head Start Program where she was instrumental in developing home based outreach initiatives to pregnant women and managing the home based EHS program initiatives. Dr. Waller received her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from Howard University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology from Clark Atlanta University.