Renée I. Boothroyd
Renée I. Boothroyd, PhD, MA, MPH, is a senior implementation specialist with Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, Dr. Boothroyd guides human service, public health, and philanthropic organizations to enhance competency, organizational, and leadership supports for effective implementation of evidence-based and -informed interventions.
Renée has 20+ years of experience in applied research and technical assistance with local, state, national, and global partners. As an applied researcher, her work focuses on implementing strategies in real world settings with attention to both the content ("the what") and process ("the how") of an innovation and those implementing and supporting it. Renée began this work with the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control, launching a technical assistance system with community coalitions and public health districts to enhance best processes and practices in HIV prevention. She later led efforts to identify and disseminate an empirically based set of "best processes" to guide the field of health promotion and disease prevention practice. Upon completion of her doctorate, Renée co-directed a SAMHSA-funded initiative to support 65 states, tribes, and jurisdictions to build data infrastructure, capacities, and the use of data to enhance substance abuse prevention practice. Before joining FPG, she directed the Program Development Center for Peers for Progress at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. With a focus on accelerating best practices in peer support for health promotion and disease management, Renée directed cross-site evaluation efforts, overall knowledge management tasks to expand evidence in peer support, and networking activities to promote tools for the widespread application of peer support for health around the world. Renée is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) since 1995.