The Dean

Lisa A. Tedesco

Kimberly Jacob Arriola joined Emory University in 2010 as the Director of Graduate Studies for Behavioral, Social, and Health Educations Sciences at the Rollins School of Public Health. In 2016, she was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at RSPH. In 2018, she was named Charles Howard Candler Professor and executive associate dean for academic affairs.

Dr. Arriola earned her doctorate in social psychology from Northeastern University and came to the Rollins School of Public Health as a student in 1998. In 2001, she earned her master of public health (MPH) in epidemiology. While still in her MPH program, Dr. Arriola was invited to join the Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences at Rollins as a senior faculty associate.

Dr. Arriola was faculty counselor to Emory’s Board of Trustees for three years and received an Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2014. In 2016, she was honored with the Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Award, presented to a Rollins faculty member “who exemplifies the ideals of public health and serves as a role model and mentor to colleagues.”

LGS Leadership

Under Dean Arriola's leadership, the Laney Graduate School, with more than 1,800 students in more than 40 degree programs, is emphasizing opportunities for interdisciplinary study, professional development and career planning. New programs range from doctoral degree tracks that train students in both laboratory and population sciences, a master’s program that trains 21st-century sustainable development professionals, and certificate programs in translational research and in interdisciplinary studies in mind, brain and culture.  

The Laney Graduate School supports a comprehensive Grant Writing Program preparing students to compete successfully for professional funding and recognition; the New Thinkers/New Leaders Fund for innovative initiatives in graduate education; programming for training in scholarly integrity and the responsible conduct of research; and networking and mentoring programs that connect graduate students to alumni for professional guidance. Priority areas in support of program excellence include improved access to information and program performance data for faculty and continuing commitments to diversity in the graduate student population.

National Service

Demonstrating a commitment to service, Dr. Arriola chairs the Healthcare and Health Disparities Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was recently appointed associate editor of the American Journal of Transplantation, the leading journal in her field. 

Dr. Arriola is a 2012 graduate of the American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology and a 2016 graduate of the Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute.


Dr. Arriola maintains a program of federally funded research that focuses on the social and behavioral factors impacting the health of marginalized populations and communities of color. She has led the development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally sensitive interventions to improve public commitment to organ and tissue donation among African Americans, as well as interventions that improve access to transplantation among African American end-stage renal disease patients. 

Additionally, Dr. Arriola has spearheaded the implementation and evaluation of environmental and policy-change interventions that improve access to cancer screening and treatment services among the underserved and underinsured.