Dr. Moya L. Alfonso is Associate Professor and Program Director for the DHSc and PhD of Health Science programs in the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. Dr. Alfonso received her training from the University of South Florida, with degrees in Psychology (BA), Public Health (MSPH), and Educational Measurement and Research (PhD). She has over 20 years of experience in public health.
She comes to NSU from the Children's Home Society of Florida, where she obtained training and experience in child welfare and trauma-informed care. She is a former Associate Professor at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPH COPH) at Georgia Southern University. Her combined skills in prevention research and program evaluation led to her serving as Lead Evaluator for over 15 years for the School Board of Sarasota County, Florida’s prevention work with adolescents.
Dr. Alfonso served as Co-Director of the Methods and Evaluation for the Florida Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida. She has a strong record of grant-funded research and related scholarship in the areas of obesity prevention, adolescent risk behaviors, program evaluation, and addiction and recovery. While at Georgia Southern, she gained considerable expertise in using service learning to assist local nonprofits in conducting program evaluation with emphasis on community health assessments. Finally, she has leadership experience in nonprofits, including We Care Manatee in Bradenton, Florida, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring health care access among the underserved in South Florida.
Dr. Alfonso lives in the Tampa Bay area with her husband of 30 years and their fur babies. She has two adult children and eight grandchildren who bring her great joy. Her hobbies include painting, lifting weights and yoga, baking, and gardening.