Rianna received her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. She went on to pursue a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health science from the University of Maryland and graduated in 2013. She is currently a PhD student in the Toxocology and Environmental Health program in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. Her research interests include environmental justice, global health, water quality and health disparities, particularly among underserved populations. Her current work investigates the adverse health effects associated with exposure to contaminants faced by residents, subsistence fishers and recreational users of the Anacostia River which spans the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. The aims of this work are to inform policy and educate and promote healthy living among these populations using a community based participatory research framework. Rianna is also involved in the Public Health without Borders (PHWB) group on the UMD campus and was a member of the travel team on a PHWB trip to Sierra Leone in June 2014.