Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Policy and Research Analysis (IUPRA). She has created an interconnected body of research, teaching, leadership, and service that focuses on health promotion, health prevention, and health equity. The focus of her research is on the health and wellness of marginalized communities, particularly of Black women, at the nexus of experiences related to co-occurring and the independent complexities of disparities including maternal mortality and morbidity, substance use, intimate partner violence (IPV), and HIV/AIDS health outcomes. Rountree seeks to address and redress health disparities by developing and testing prevention interventions, understand and impact those structural determinants that contribute to health and mental health outcomes. The research she conducts is contextually and culturally centered. She often employs a community-based participatory (CBPR) research approach to ensure the translation of research findings to practice and policy.
Since joining the faculty in 2005, Rountree has managed over 1/2 million dollars of external and internal funding from the Texas Department of State Health Services: HIV Comprehensive Services Branch, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Columbia University, Hogg Foundation, UT Office of Vice President of Research, National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR): UT Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Underserved Populations (CHPR), and the UT Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA).
Rountree teaches in the Community and Administrative Leadership (CAL) concentration with classes such as the Dynamics of Organizations and Communities, Foundations for Social Justice and Strategic Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships. She is a recipient of the Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence Award and the Texas Exes Black Alumni Legacy Award.
Rountree received her master’s degree from Boston University with a concentration in macro social work methods and her Ph.D from Arizona State University.
In the News: