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Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Wells Fargo Point Scholar
Dr. Motley is a proud native of Danville, Virginia. She holds a MSEd in community health education/physical activity, a MPH, and a PhD in Biomedical and Veterinary Science. As a social and behavioral health researcher, she studies individual, community, and environmental influences on lifestyle-related health disparities in minoritzed communities. Dr. Motley is the CEO/Founder of The Motley Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm that helps community activist, universities and organizations more strategically address community inequities and health disparities. TMCG also conducts LGBTQ, racial justice, and intersectionality workshops for STEMH and higher education professionals in hopes of moving the culture beyond “the science is all that matters” paradigm. As a result, TMCG wants to better ensure people can experience their best quality of life regardless of who they love, where they live, how much money they make, and what they look like. Dr. Motley is also Senior Research Faculty at Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Health Practice and Research. She was selected for the 2014 White House internship under President Obama as well as a 2016 White House Fellow Regional Finalist. Dr. Motley has also presented her research at several national conferences. For example, her research for health equity and social justice for public housing communities in Danville, Virginia was selected for a roundtable presentation at the 2018 American Public Health Association National Conference in San Diego, California. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, was selected for Business Equality Magazine’s 40 LGBTQ under 40, serves on Virginia’s African American Advisory Board for the Governor, and Point Foundation’s Alumni Advisory Committee.