FEATURED MEMBER - January 2019

Marshae A. McNeal Photo



Marshae A. McNeal, Ph.D., MPH, CHES
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Science
Louisiana State University – Shreveport

Dr. McNeal graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi located in her hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Sciences, a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a doctoral degree in Adult Education. Before joining LSUS in 2016, Dr. McNeal worked in community mental health for 11 years serving as Prevention Coordinator for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention related activities. In this position, she supervised the implementation of several grants, taught science-based curriculums, and actively served on several coalitions. Dr. McNeal’s passion for mental health and the effects it has on the community, especially the African American community, grew during this time. She noticed there is a need for more education regarding mental health issues to combat the stigma attached to mental health disorders. After serving as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. McNeal was inspired to make a career change into teaching full-time. She enjoys teaching, leading, and guiding the next generation of health education specialists. Dr. McNeal’s research interests include, but are not limited to, mental health literacy, health disparities, and substance abuse