Maranda Ward Maranda Ward
Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Office Phone: 202-994-0202
Email: Email
Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


  • BA Sociology, Spelman College, 2002
  • MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health, 2003
  • EdD, The George Washington University, 2017


Maranda C. Ward, EdD, MPH is an Assistant Professor and Director of Equity in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In this role, she designs, evaluates, and teaches health equity curriculum for student and faculty learners. Her teaching excellence was recognized with the highest teaching honor at GW- the 2021 Morton A. Bender Teaching award.

When asked, she describes herself as a community educator, curriculum developer, and youth builder. She has strong commitments to service-learning, equity, community legacy, youth development, and honoring youth voice. Maranda earned the 2023 GW Black Alumni Impact award, the 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement Award by Transform Mid-Atlantic, the 2020-2021 GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Award as well as the 2021 Stigma Warrior Award during the 12th Annual International Conference on Stigma at Howard University for going above and beyond in her field to fight discrimination among historically marginalized populations. She has been consulted by, Rolling Out Magazine, DCist, the Washington Post for her research on HIV disparities and featured on a live segment of Good Morning Washington, NPR’s Morning Edition and the KevinMD podcast for her health equity expertise.


Dr. Ward is an expert in advancing anti-racism efforts within health professions education and in designing curricula to enable students and faculty to competently promote health and racial equity in practice. Her research focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and antiracism educational interventions as well as stakeholder-engaged community-focused studies on HIV, Black women's health, and youth identity. As a member of the DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR), she is the principal investigator on Two in One: HIV and COVID Screening & Testing Model that allows her to lead national research-based educational intervention for primary care practitioners to routinize screening and testing HIV, PrEP, and the COVID vaccine. This research will lead to a set of policy recommendations for overall practice-based changes and culturally responsive messaging for racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minoritized patients. She is also skilled in the application of participatory action research methods. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications



McDonald, P., Ward, M. C., Corr, P. G., Konopasky, A., Kalita, N., Xavier, J., Singh, S., and LeLacheur, S. (2023). Supporting Physician Assistants with Culturally Responsive HIV and COVID Screening. E-Poster published in the Association of American Physician Assistants (AAPA)  Digital Research Conference. 

Book Chapters:

Ward, M. C., Corr, P. G., Fernes, V. A., & Wang, T. (2022). How an Anti-Racist Organizational Change Model Can Build Capacity to Support Historically Excluded Students: A Guide for Advisors and Administrators of Pathway Programs. In R. Ganjoo, & L. Schwartz (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Developing Competencies for Pre-Health Professional Students, Advisors, and Programs (pp. 389-414). IGI Global. 

Ward, M.C. (2015). Promising Futures: A compelling model of youth work. In B. Kirshner & K. Pozzoboni (Eds.), The changing landscape of youth work: Theory and practice for an evolving field (pp. 167–169). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 
Ward, M.C, & Bullock, K. (2008). Beyond academic walls: Paradigms for intercommunity and interdisciplinary collaboration. In G. Chuan, V. D’Rozario, A. Heong, & C. Mun (Eds.), Character development through service and experiential learning. Pearson Education.

Invited Manuscripts:

Gborkorquellie, T.T, Ward, M.C., Falusi, O.O.,Barber, A.N.,. Smith, T.K. (2023). Diversity, Equity Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) in Medical Education: A Faculty Development Perspective. Pediatric Annals. In press.

Research Journals:

Xavier, J., Ward, M.C., Corr, P., Kalita, N., and McDonald, P. (2023). Identifying the barriers and facilitators to culturally responsive HIV and PrEP screening for racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minoritized patients: A scoping review protocol. PLOS One. Article available at 

Falusi, O.O., Chun-Seeley, L., de la Torre, D., Dooley, D. G., Baiyewu, M., Gborkorquellie, T.T., Merrill, C. T., Ward, M. C. (2023). Teaching the teachers: Development and evaluation of a racial health equity curriculum for faculty. MedED Portal. Article available at  
Ward, M.C. and Ganjoo, R.. (2022). When I say…Health equity. Medical Education.1-2 doi: 10.111/medu.14962. Article available at 
Ward, M.C. (2022). I do. Health Promotion Practice. 23(5):765-765. doi: 10.1177/15248399221121133

Tyris J, Gourishankar A, Ward M.C., Kachroo N, Teach SJ, Parikh K. (2022). Social determinants of health and at-risk rates for pediatric asthma morbidity. Pediatrics published online: July 25, 2022 (doi: 10.1542/2020-000123)
Nwaozuru, U., Obiezu-Umeh, C., Diallo, H., Graham, D., Bourgeau, M.J., Ritchwood, T., Nelson, L.E., Whembolua, G., Ward, M.C., Conserve, D. F. (2022). Perceptions of COVID-19 self-testing and recommendations for implementation and scale-up among Black/African Americans: implications for the COVID-19 STEP project. BMC Public Health 22, 1220. 
Ward, M.C. (2021). Embedding ethnocultural empathy in a community-based health intervention writing assignment. Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments5(1), 54–62.

Ward, M.C. (2020). How an arts-based youth participatory action research study can prevent further marginalizing a vulnerable research population. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/978152974
Ward, M.C. (2015). A future self and a future curriculum: Lessons from the field. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56(2), S114. 

Ward, M.C, McMahon, P., & Ingram, E. (2006). Identifying risk factors associated with intimate partner violence perpetration among youth. Journal of Knowledge and Best Practices in Juvenile Justice and Psychology, 1(1), 5–10



Jun 2022 – present  Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Two in One: HIV and COVID vaccine Screening & Testing Model
Lead national research-based educational intervention for primary care practitioners to offer routine HIV and COVID vaccine screening for racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minoritized patients.



June 2023 - present  GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Education Research Grant
Co-Principal Investigator
Title: Evaluating the Outcomes of an Antiracism Training Course: Disrupting Institutional Racism. 
Lead an evaluation of a two-part antiracism training series for the GW medical enterprise.
Mar 2023 – present GW Nashman Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement Faculty Award
Principal Investigator
Title: Medicine, Equity, and Technology (MET) Initiative 
Lead the development of a community advisory board of DC residents and GW faculty  develop curriculum to address bias coded in medical algorithms.
Apr 2022 – June 2023 GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Education Research Grant
Principal Investigator
Title: Assessing the Health Equity Knowledge, Attitudes, and Capacity of Health Professions Students (NCR202535)
Lead interdisciplinary team of GW researchers to collect baseline knowledge on health equity to inform curriculum and policy reform across SMHS and the Nursing School
Jul 2020 – Jul 2021 GW Nashman Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement Faculty Award
Principal Investigator
Title: Community-engaged Scholarship Course Development Grant
Led the development of a community advisory board of DC residents who doubled as content experts for structural racism curriculum.
Feb 2018 – Jun 2019 GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Education Research Grant  
Principal Investigator
Title: Ethnocultural Empathy as a Measurable Competency of an Online Health Sciences Undergraduate Curriculum 
Lead IRB-approved research study to collect data across three undergraduate online courses
Aug 2022 – Dec 2022 GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Anti-Racism Coalition Grant
Principal Investigator
Title: ARC Study Support
Secured funds to hire a student research assistant for SIGN ME UP Allyship Training Program.
Jan 2022 – Dec 2023 GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Anti-Racism Coalition Grant
Principal Investigator
Title: ARC Study Support
Secured funds to cover study incentives for IRB-approved antiracism demonstration project in the PT program.

Grant-funded and Contracted Positions

March 2022 - Feb 2023      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Role: Co-Investigator; Principal Investigators: Pratt-Chapman and Arem
Title: Scaling Social Determinants of Health Screening, Social Support and Anti-Racism Training to Reduce Inequities in Minority Cancer Survivor Health and Wellbeing in Washington, DC
Lead the anti-racism training that will lead to system-level improvements in culturally responsive health care service.
Dec 2022- present   Building Bridges Across the River
Role: Consultant and Facilitator
Contracted to prepare and facilitate community meetings for the Health and Wellness arm of the 11th Street Bridgepark Equitable Development Plan and write final reports. 
Jul 2021 – July 2022   GW Office of the Vice Provost for Research Intramural Funding
Role: Principal Investigator, Partnering Faculty
Title: How to Decolonize Teaching, Research, Policy and Clinical Practice: Evaluation of a Workshop Series (IRB #NCR224186)
Partnering faculty – Black Girls’ and Women’s Health
Aug 2018 – July 2023   Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), National HCOP Academies, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Role: Co-investigator; Principal Investigator: Bushardt (DH18HP32128)
Lead the HCOP Ambassador Program of four annual cohorts of students to include educational co-curricular programming and mentoring support
Aug 2017 – present   Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry Career Development Award
Role: Consultant; Principal Investigator: Falusi
Led the development of the Trainee Education in Advocacy and Community Health (TEACH) Curriculum.
Summer 2022   Institute for Public Health Innovation 
Role: Training Facilitator and Panelist
Contracted to serve as a subject matter expert to lead a didactic session “To Train or Not to Train’ and as a panelist for “Meeting People Where They Are- Accurate and Relevant Content Designed for Usability and Accessibility” for the CDC Training with Intention ECHO Series.


June 2023

Impact Award
GW Black Alumni Association and GW Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

April 2023

Spotlighted Faculty
National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) GW Chapter Hats Off Brunch

Feb 2023

Highest Scoring Video Presentation
Xavier University Health Disparities Conference

Dec 2022

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Award
Recipient, Transform Mid-Atlantic

Nov 2022

Diversity and Inclusion Award
Recipient, GW SMHS Faculty Affairs

Oct 2022

Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Inductee, GW Faculty Affairs

May 2022

Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Research Award
Recipient, Highest scoring abstract at APPD 2022 Annual Spring Meeting: “Teaching the Teachers: Development and Evaluation of a Racial Health Equity Curriculum for Faculty”

May 2021

Morton A. Bender Teaching Award
Recipient, GW Faculty Excellence Award

Nov 2021

Stigma Warrior Award
Recipient, International Conference on Stigma

Oct 2019

40 Under 40 Young Leader in the Metro DC Area
Recipient, Leadership Center for Excellence

Feb 2019

 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health
Recipient, National Minority Quality Forum

Jun 2018

Leadership Award
Recipient, Washington School for Girls recognized “Outstanding support for DC youth”


  • Foundations of Health Equity
  • Global Women’s Health
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Health & Illness
  • Applied Health Equity
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Community Service

2023- present 
   President, National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, Washington DC metro chapter
2022 – 2023
   Mentor, Black Public Health Influencer (B-PHI) Design Fellowship (A Project of ETR)
2022 – present
  Co-chair, Children’s National Advisory Board on Pediatric Safety Events 
2022 – present
  Board Member, The Chrysalis Initiative
2020 – present
  Board of Trustees, Washington School for Girls 
2019 – present
  Ward 8 Seat, DC Mayor’s Commission on Health Equity 
2017 – present
  Advisory Board Member, Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine Ward Infinity

Affiliated Programs

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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