Rebecca Rich is a PhD candidate in Health Education & Promotion at The University of Alabama. She is an active member of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), Eta Sigma Gamma and is the Vice President of Delta SOPHE for Alabama. In her time at Alabama, she has held campus-wide sexuality education sessions for undergraduate students covering topics such as contraception, sexual identity, and consent.
Rebecca’s research interests are in women’s health and sexuality, and more specifically, influences on sexual health information- and service-seeking behaviors. Her current research examines the potential use of a feminist pedagogical approach in sexuality education, and how college women’s perceptions of feminism influence their sexual health information- and service-seeking behaviors. She is also a co-investigator on studies analyzing conversation about sexual violence on social media, and college women’s perceptions of sexual violence.
Originally from Beech Creek, PA (about 30 minutes from Penn State University), Rebecca has a BS in health science from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania with a minor in psychology. She and her husband, Jordan, now reside in Northport, AL while she gets her PhD and Jordan pursues a BS in nursing from The University of Alabama. Outside of school, Rebecca enjoys reading, traveling, yoga, and outdoor activities with her black lab, Meeru.