Mona Sayedal Huq, Ph.D.

College of Health and Human Performance

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Mona Sayedul Huq, Ph.D., is a doctoral graduate from the Department of Health Education and Behavior (HEB) at UF and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, minor in Religious Studies, and master’s degree in Health Education and Behavior from UF.

Her research interests include: 1) Child and Adolescent Health; 2) Community-Based Participatory Research focused on Fitness Interventions and Early Learning; 3) Health Disparities and Trauma-Informed Care Practices in Underserved and Underrepresented Communities; 4) Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience; and 5) Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation

Dr. Sayedal Huq also devotes her time to multiple community organizations. Her commitments involve serving as the research director for the Inclusive Fitness and Unified Sports program for young adults with intellectual disabilities and as a board member for the Southwest Advocacy Group, a not-for-profit organization aimed at reducing some of the greatest health, education, and crime disparities in Gainesville.

She has also co-authored multiple manuscripts and presented her research/community work in professional, academic, and community settings. Recent honors include the Rollo Diversity Impact Award and Behavioral Science and Community Health Research Award. Dr. Sayedul Huq is a Bangladeshi/Filipino immigrant and the first in her family to attend college in the US. She will attend medical school after she becomes the first in her family to earn a Ph.D. Dr. Sayedul Huq ultimately aims to improve health and the lives of underrepresented and underserved communities, especially children and adolescents, through research, advocacy, and service.