I am happy to feature Dr. Dyer in our second Faculty Spotlight. As a second year MPH student I haven't had the pleasure of taking a class with Dr. Dyer (she currently teaches EPIB 610), so thank you Dr. Dyer for sharing a little bit about yourself with us!
I am from Compton, which is a suburb of Los Angeles California. I have two brothers and am the only girl so this taught me how to communicate effectively and negotiate. Living in an underserved community all of my life is what prompted me to seek a career in public health where I could effect change. I attended Catholic school then attended the University of California Los Angeles and had my son, Kasai, who is now 21, while I was an undergraduate student. I am a member of one of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I LOVE the beach and miss it a lot. I was trained in classical ballet from the time I was 3 years of age until I was 19. I am also a closet comedienne and if not for my love of science and academics, I might have tried my hand at stand-up. Little Richard is my father's brother (i.e. my uncle) so performing is in my blood and I use these skills every time I stand up and speak in front of ANYONE...even lecturing. I am married to James Dyer and have a stepdaughter, Courtney who is 23. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and watching horror movies. ANY horror movie will do. I am an avid yoga practitioner and will hopefully be certified to teach after I get settled in my new tenure track position. Gotta keep the main thing the main thing.
What is your favorite book to read?
Assata: An Autobiography
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My son and all of his wonderfulness, talent, kind-heartedness, sense of humor, intelligence and wisdom, all of which I had absolutely nothing to do with. He came that way and made me a better person. He's awesome!
If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would probably just allow myself to starve to death if it came to this but I'll say whole fried fish (with the eyeballs, tail, etc in tact), black beans and rice and plantains. Caribbean food. YUM!
What is your favorite family tradition?
Holiday scavenger hunt...with really difficult clues.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
What is a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
This is too easy - "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. I am kind of sick of it but you can't help but be happyyyyyy when you hear it. Or the "original" Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry be Happy."
If you could go back in time, what time period would you travel to?
The 1960's. Black consciousness and civil rights were in full swing. I know I would be at the forefront.