Rachael E. Gibson, PhD, MPH, MS, MEd (she/her/ella) is the Senior Program Manager of AMAZE Education at Advocates for Youth. Dr. Gibson is an AASECT Certified Sex Educator based in Miami, Florida and Cape Town, South Africa and has taught comprehensive sexuality education all over the U.S. and the world. Dr. Gibson has over 20 years of experience in the health and sexuality education field, and currently serves on SHAPE America’s National Health Education Council.
Prior to joining Advocates for Youth, Dr. Gibson was an Instructional Coach and Content Specialist in the New York City Department of Education, Office of School Wellness Programs. Dr. Gibson also spent 17 years as a secondary health education teacher in California and New York. In addition, Dr. Gibson is an adjunct professor in Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Dr. Gibson’s research examines the interactions between teacher and learner identities. Her most current work titled Learner experiences of teacher gender: Associations among gender and comfort in the sexuality education classroom, offers recommendation for pre- and in-service teacher training that includes strategies for meeting the perceptions of students in affective and culturally responsive ways.
Dr. Gibson holds a B.S. in Health Science from the University of Arizona, an MPH from California State University, Long Beach, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the City College of New York, and a Master of Education from Widener University. In her free time, she is an avid hiker, dancer, and traveler.