Georgia Girls: Dr. Raegan Tuff 

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Georgia Girls: Dr. Raegan Tuff 

Name: Dr. Raegan Tuff

Family: Parents (Apostle Ulysses and Pastor Deborah Tuff), three siblings (Maurice, Forrest, Deb), and nine nieces and nephews

Hometown: Lilburn, Georgia

Current Town: Atlanta, Georgia

What Years at UGA: 2003 – 2009

School/Degree: Ph.D. Health Promotion and Behavior, College of Public Health.

Profession: I research and provide consultation on solutions used to prevent chronic disease, promote health, and advance equity in populations.

I have received an Outstanding Georgia Citizen award from the Georgia Secretary of State and I have been recognized as one of the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40. I have received two CDC/ATSDR Honor Awards for Excellence in Information Technology and Emergency Response and a Presidential Service Award for philanthropy.

Book: The Color Purple (1)

Magazine: Essence.

Podcast: Revisionist History.

Instagram: @joycemeyer — She teaches the Bible in such a relatable way. (2)

Brand: The BMW M brand. I am a big fan of the M4 because it’s beautifully styled. Did I mention that it’s also agile and reeeeally fast? (3)

Fashion designer: Cedric Brown Collections. He’s young and on the rise! He creates artistically designed scarves, ties, and jackets with stunning color combinations. (4)

Chef: Chef Mama Tuff! Everything my mother cooks is seasoned to perfection.

Historical figure: Toni Morrison (5)


“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 

2 Corinthians 5:7

Describe Athens in five words or less: The little big city.

Restaurants and bars: The breakfast cuisine at Mama Boy’s restaurant is so divine. I’ve also enjoyed visiting Creature Comforts with friends.

Shops: Agora Vintage.

Athens/campus landmark:

The Dawg sculptures around town. It’s my goal to find and take a picture with each one.

Memory while in school: Friday nights at Carrabas with my cohort and successfully completing my doctoral defense. I remember texting my best friend, “I’m Ph.inisheD!!”

Professor/class: Narrative Methodology with Dr. Juanita Johnson-Bailey. She served on my doctoral committee and is hands down one of UGA’s greats. I am forever thankful to her for teaching and empowering me to center women’s voices through storytelling.

Gameday ritual/plan: Cute red and black outfit, jewelry, and handbag? Check!

Tailgate Recipe: Guacamole and any side dish. (6)

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