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Malika Roman Isler, PhD, MPH, CDE®


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Doctor of Philosophy, Health Behavior

University of South Carolina, Master of Public Health, Health Promotion

Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Science, Health and Exercise Science




Malika is the inaugural Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence. Prior to this role, she served as the inaugural Director of Wellbeing at Wake Forest University, leading the development, institutionalization, and collective impact of Thrive – Wake’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing. Malika has extensive experience integrating research and practice, creating behavior change interventions, developing strategic plans that guide culture change, and defining assessment tools to ensure research and practice effectiveness. Prior to returning to Wake Forest, she served on the faculty of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and as an administrator and faculty lead with the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS). In these capacities, Malika was on the investigative team for 10 federally and institutionally funded projects and centers in the areas of health equity and community engagement. With her training and outreach expertise, she provided consultation and technical assistance to collaborative efforts among students, community members, and faculty. Malika is a Wake Forest alumna and holds a PhD in Public Health (Health Behavior and Health Education) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her role as Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, she has an appointment in the Department of Health and Exercise Science.

Malika Roman Isler, PhD, MPH, CDE®

Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, Wake Forest University and Ethical & Inclusive Leadership Faculty

Wake Forest University

Inclusive excellence, research translation to practice, health equity, community engagement