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Maureen Allwood, PhD

Maureen Allwood, PhDmallwood@jjay.cuny.edu
646-557-4405
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
John Jay College

Dr. Allwood joined the faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007. Before joining the faculty at John Jay she completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Boston Consortium and a NIMH funded postdoctoral research fellowship at Brown Medical School. Dr. Allwood’s research focuses on the developmental effects trauma and violence exposure. She is interested in both the psychological and physiological aspects of youth posttraumatic stress response, and in how these aspects interact to predict negative outcomes, such as school failure, delinquency, substance use, and suicide among trauma-exposed youth.

Dr. Allwood is also interested in minority, refugee and immigrant mental health and in examining the impact of arrest and court involvement on youth social, emotional, and academic development. Clinically, Dr. Allwood facilitates trainings addressing disproportionate minority contact with the juvenilejustice system and the under-utilization of mental health resources for minority youth.

Judith Aponte, PhD, RN, CDE, CCM, APHN-BC, FAAN

Judith Aponte jap@hunter.cuny.edu
212-481-7568
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing
Hunter College

Dr. Judith Aponte is a tenured Associate Professor and Specialization Coordinator of the Community/Public Health Nursing (MS) and Community/Public Health Nursing/Urban Health (MS/MPH) Graduate Programs at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (H-BSON), Hunter College. She is also a faculty member of the Nursing PhD Program at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Aponte is the Editor-in-Chief for the Hispanic Health Care International journal, the official journal for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Dr. Aponte has received a number of awards and honors, including the 2016 Nurse Leader Award by the NAHN, NY Chapter, 2014 Regional NY/NJ Giving Excellence Meaning Award for Advancing the Profession; and most recently, the 2016 Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Award by the International Academy of Nursing Editors. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Full Member of the Clinical and Translational Science Center and a Faculty Associate of the Roosevelt House. Dr. Aponte has published book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed articles in nursing, nursing education, and in diabetes and its risk-factors affecting the Hispanic population. She has also conducted many local and international presentations, including the 2013 keynote at the NAHN annual conference. Dr. Aponte has conducted extensive editorial work and has held many different editorial positions. Dr. Aponte received her BSN and MS from H-BSON; and was the first Hispanic to graduate with her PhD from Columbia University School of Nursing. She is a certified diabetes educator, case manager, and advanced public health nurse. Her area of research is on diabetes focused on the Hispanic population.

Maureen Becker, PT, DHSc

Maureen Beckermaureen.becker@csi.cuny.edu
718-982-3713
Interim Founding Dean
School of Health Sciences
College of Staten Island

Dr. Maureen Becker is the Interim Founding Dean of the College of Staten Island School of Health Sciences. Dean Becker holds a Doctorate in Health Sciences from the Institute of Physical Therapy, a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. She was the Director of Clinical Education and Deputy Chair at the College of Staten Island for 22 years. She has served as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE), securing 227 Physical Therapy education contracts which equates to more than 500 actual clinical sites nationwide. Dean Becker has received numerous awards and professional honors in her field including the Staten Island Community Health Hero Award, The Richmond University Medical Center “ Commitment to Excellence Award,” and the New York Physical Therapy Association Appreciation Award. Dr. Becker continues her research in the areas of clinical education and health promotion as she currently is involved in two ongoing studies (“The DCE Position: A Life’s Aspiration or a Life Sentence” and “The Healthy CSI Student Project”). Her most recent publication entitled “Clinical Site Director’s Perspectives on Clinical Education” was published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (July 2016).

Katherine Burt, PhD, RD

Katherine Burt katherine.burt@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-7972
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Lehman College

Kate Gardner Burt, PhD, RD is an assistant professor at Lehman College and a registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist. Her passion is improving the food environment through locally sourced food and sustainable agriculture and social justice. In addition to teaching, Kate's research focuses on exploring and improving urban food systems. Her first cookbook, The New Diabetes Cookbook: 100 Mouthwatering, Seasonal, Whole-Food Recipes, was published by Barnes and Noble in 2015 and provides seasonal recipes using whole, unprocessed ingredients with minimal added sugar. Kate received her BS in film and television from Boston University and her MS in exercise physiology and nutrition, RD, and PhD in food and nutrition policy from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Charles Cange, PhD

Charles Cange, PhDcharles.cange@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-6928
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Lehman College

Dr. Cange is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Stigma Reduction at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in Global Health from the University of Washington. He was a two-time Fulbright Scholar to Kuwait and a statistician for the OECD. Previously, he interned at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Paris Office and at the US Embassies in Paris, France and Madagascar.

His research focuses on the long-term impacts of psychotrauma on vulnerable populations. He is currently working on several articles and a book project that analyze the long-term health and resource policy consequences of the war on the Kuwaiti population. In particular, he exposes the economic, historical and social roots of the war, and how these factors continue to influence Kuwaiti and U.S. public policy today. In a second project, he is working on trauma-informed care among refugee populations in Germany, France, Sweden and the UK.

Ileana Carillo, EdD

Maureen Beckerileana.carillo@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-8796
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Lehman College

Dr. Carillo began her career at CUNY with an Associate’s Degree from QCC. She went on to earn a BS from LIU, and an MA from Hofstra University. She earned her EdD from Dowling College in Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology. Dr. Carillo has a strong background in workforce development and corporate programs. She has trained employees at many of the area’s large health care and hospital systems including Winthrop, Northwell, and Catholic Health Services. She is a member of the Long Island Regional Industry Council for Healthcare, STEM Hub, and served as an appointed member of the Workforce Investment Board. Her expertise has contributed to successful business and academia partnerships. Prior to coming to Lehman, Dr. Carillo taught Health Information Technology courses for SUNY where she developed fully online Health IT courses. She was awarded the Best Peer Mentoring award for participation in SUNY’s Tools of Engagement Project for Online Learning. Dr. Carillo’s volunteer activities include assisting individuals with barriers to employment, as well as increasing educational opportunities for underserved populations.

Tracy Chu

No Image Availabletchu@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718-951-5000 x6287
Associate Professor and Deputy Chair
Department of Health & Nutrition Sciences
Brooklyn College

Tracy Chu is an Associate Professor and Deputy Chair at Brooklyn College and is also appointed to the CUNY School of Public Health's Doctorate of Public Health program. At Brooklyn she has taught Death & Dying, Personal & Community Health, Epidemiology, Principles of Health Sciences, and Directed Research at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level she has taught Intro & Advanced Health Policy, Program Evaluation in Community Health, Research Seminar III, Master's Paper, and Master's Thesis. Chu's areas of research include well-being among immigrant survivors of political violence, infant mortality, specifically infant injury deaths, and experiences of trauma and loss among low-income, minority communities. She holds a Certification in Thanatology (CT) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

Cassandra Dobson, DNSc, MSN, BSN, BC, RN

Cassandra Dobsoncassandra.dobson@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-8398
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing
Lehman College

Cassandra E. Dobson, DNSc, MS, BS, RN-BC, PHc believes in the delivery of optimum patient care. She is an efficient nurse who always goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the patients. Dr. Dobson’s vision for the future is to educate and empower patients to seek appropriate health care in a timely manner. She is an advocate for the promotion of self-management for individuals with sickle cell disease. Dr. Dobson has worked in several different positions during her nursing career: LPN, staff nurse, senior preceptor, clinical instructor, home care nurse, clinical care coordinator, administrative nurse manager, assistant director of nursing, quality management analyst in research, adjunct professor and research coordinator. Currently, her position is associate professor at Lehman College, Bronx N.Y.

Dr. Dobson is very active in several community organizations. She sits on the Board of Directors for Coalition for Concern Medical Professionals (CCMP) since 1998 and Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network (QSCAN), from 2006 to 2007. She has served as a nurse consultant to persons with sickle cell disease in the tri-state area. Dr. Dobson received acknowledgements for her work with sickle cell disease from various organizations. She received a scholarship from Columbia University in order to complete her dissertation on “Guided Imagery for Pain Management by Children with Sickle Cell Disease Ages 6 to 11. Dr. Dobson has published articles on sickle cell disease and has co-authored on research pertaining to other life threatening diseases. Dr. Dobson hopes to continue to touch the lives of children and families who suffer with sickle cell disease and other chronic diseases though research and public health programs.

Joan Dorn, PhD

Cassandra Dobsonjdorn@med.cuny.edu
212-650-7794
Professor and Chair
Department of Community Health and Social Medicine
CUNY School of Medicine

Dr. Dorn is a Medical Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine at the City University of New York (CUNY), School of Medicine. She received her PhD. in Epidemiology and Community Health from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo in 1993. She completed an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship and later joined the faculty in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Prior to coming to the CUNY School of Medicine, she served as Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Dorn’s research focuses on the role of physical activity and other lifestyle behaviors in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity. She has conducted this research in diverse populations, using a variety of epidemiologic study designs and methods including population based case-control and prospective studies, long-term follow up of clinical trials and surveillance at national and state-based levels. As Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch, she designed and was the lead scientist on an ancillary study to the CDC funded Community Transformation Grants Program. With an emphasis on health equity, this study examined the role of the macro and micro built environment on physical activity behavior in adult and child dyads living in four communities across the United States. Her current research includes NIH/NCI-funded (Partnership Community Outreach Research Education) community based studies aimed at cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in minority and immigrant populations living in New York City and the NIH/NIDDK funded New York City Physical Activity and Redesigned Community Spaces (PARCS). The PARCS study is examining the association between parks, as a key attribute of the built environment, and physical activity, park usage, psychosocial and mental health, and community wellbeing. Dr. Dorn currently serves as Co-Chair of the EveryBody Walk National Collaborative to promote walking and walkable communities for all. She also serves on the American College of Sports Medicine Health Equity work group.

Talita Fortunato-Tavares, PhD, CCC-SLP

Talita Fortunato-Tavares talita.fortunatotavares@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-7160
Assistant Professor
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Lehman College

Dr. Fortunato-Tavares received a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from Universidade de Sao Paulo. Prior to joining the Faculty at Lehman College, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Universidade de Sao Paulo. Dr. Fortunato-Tavares has collaborated with researchers from South America, United States and Europe. Her research interests include language development and disorders in bilinguals and children with cochlear implants, specific language impairment, fluency disorders, autism, and Down syndrome. More specifically, Dr. Fortunato-Tavares’ research focuses on the interchange among linguistic, auditory, suprasegmental, and cognitive factors on sentence processing.

Mira Goral, PhD, CCC-SLP

Mira Goral, PhD mira.goral@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-8460
Professor
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Lehman College

Mira Goral, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY). She completed her B.A. in Linguistics at Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. in Neurolinguistics at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her areas of research interest include language in bilingual and multilingual speakers, aphasia, language attrition, and language and cognition in aging.
In recent years, her research efforts have been directed toward understanding language production in aphasia and toward enhancing our ability to measure treatment-related change in bilingual and multilingual individuals with aphasia. In addition, she has dedicated her time to mentoring a diverse group of students at all levels who work and volunteer in her research lab and at the Lehman Speech-Language Clinic.

Katherine Ann Gregory, PhD

Katherine Ann Gregory kgregory@citytech.cuny.edu
718-620-5955
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Human Services
New York City College of Technology

Dr. Katherine Gregory is an interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner with 20 years of research and social marketing experience. Currently, Dr. Gregory is an Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services at CUNY/New York City College of Technology. At NYU, she was a qualitative data analysis and survey design lead for the University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Global Public Health. Before joining NYU, she spent over five years at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as its media evaluation researcher where she oversaw concept testing and evaluation of health media campaigns and provided social marketing and public communication outreach strategies for departmental clients. She has taught in several disciplinary programs at universities in the United States. Her book, The Everyday Lives of Sex Workers in the Netherlands (Routledge, 2005), addresses working conditions, cultural practices, and social agency of transgendered and migrant sex workers.

Justine McGovern, PhD, LMSW

Justine McGovernjustine.mcgovern@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-5180
Assistant Professor
Department of Social Work
Lehman College

Justine McGovern, PhD, LMSW is an Assistant Professor in the Lehman College (CUNY) Department of Social Work and Director of Student Research Engagement. Her research interests include the lived experience of dementia, families and the life course, diverse experiences of aging, international social work, and research methodologies, especially where increasing inclusivity and reducing bias in scholarship are concerned. At Lehman, she teaches core courses and electives, including Social Work with Older Adults, and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Aging Steering Committee. She is the Chair of the Student Research Advisory Board. She has provided trainings to helping professionals and family caregivers, and professional development workshops for faculty, on topics such as living better with dementia, older adults and substance abuse, and age-based bias. Justine has publishes and presents internationally. Until recently, she managed a parental care practice, which focused on strengths-based decision-making for frail, older parents, and supporting dementia partners in care.

Jermaine Monk, PhD

Jermaine Monk jermaine.monk@lehman.cuny.edu
347-577-4036
Assistant Professor
Department of Social Work
Lehman College

Jermaine J. Monk, PhD is a native of Newark, NJ. Currently, Dr. Monk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Lehman College, City University of New York. Dr. Monk's research explores contemporary constructions of identity among men of color and its influence on academic engagement in higher education settings. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Policy at Rutgers University- New Brunswick. Dr. Monk also holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from LaSalle University. He received his PhD from Rutgers in Urban Systems with a specialization in Urban Education Policy.

Noemi Rodriguez

No Image Availablenrodriguez@citytech.cuny.edu
718-260-5283
Lecturer
Department of Health and Human Services
New York City College of Technology

Ms. Rodriguez is a lecturer in the Health Services Administration Bachelor of Science Program at the New York City College of Technology. Additionally, she teaches at CUNY’s Murphy Institute in their Health Care Policy and Administration Certificate Program.

Ms. Rodriguez has experience in both public health and health care, giving her a clear understanding of their unique roles within the U.S. health system as well as how they interconnect to maintain and restore the health of urban community residents. She served as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2005-2008, where she actively participated in internal and external projects to improve agency processes and to facilitate collaborations with other City agencies. Currently, she provides research support to the Section on Healthy Choice, Policy and Evaluation in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. Key projects include understanding the food environment in low-income neighborhoods, food retailers’ challenges with healthy food retail, and food shopping behaviors among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries. In the healthcare sector, Ms. Rodriguez has worked on quality assurance projects at the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City; at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Barcelona, Spain; and at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Rodriguez is pursuing a doctoral degree at the CUNY School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. Her research focuses on policy and health disparities, with particular attention to childhood obesity and nutrition outcomes among low-income children in the urban setting.

Hazel Sanderson-Marcoux, EdD, MSN, BSN

Hazel Sanderson-Marcoux hsanderson@mec.cuny.edu
718-270-6222
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing
Medgar Evers College

Dr. Hazel Sanderson-Marcoux is Chair of the Department of Nursing at Medgar Evers College. Dr. Sanderson-Marcoux’s interests are varied, with teaching and learning the underlying theme. In the classroom, her focus is helping students to bridge the gap between knowledge and application through a concept she calls “rewiring the thinking process.” Through the use of simulation learning activities, Dr. Sanderson allows her students to “think aloud” and ask focus questions to guide their thinking. She mentors faculty in the process not through formal meetings and workshops, but allowing them to join her in the simulation lab and the classroom and observe the process in real time. Dr. Sanderson-Marcoux maintains her pediatric clinical as a home care critical care nurse for fragile and infants with special needs. In 2002, Dr. Sanderson became an American Academy for Colleges of Nursing Leadership Fellow. She has also been awarded a 3-year, $1 million grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant focused on diversity in nursing.

Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

Brad Schoenfeld brad.schoenfeld@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-1999
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Lehman College

Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA, is an internationally renowned fitness expert and is widely considered one of the foremost authorities on skeletal muscle hypertrophy. The 2011 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year is a lifetime drug-free bodybuilder who has won numerous natural bodybuilding titles, including the All-Natural Physique and Power Conference (ANPPC) Tri-State Naturals and USA Mixed Pairs crowns. As a personal trainer, Schoenfeld has worked with numerous elite-level physique athletes, including many top pros. Also, he was elected to the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Board of Directors in 2012. Schoenfeld is the author of multiple consumer-oriented fitness books, including The M.A.X. Muscle Plan and Strong and Sculpted, as well as the seminal textbook, Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy. He was a regular columnist for Muscular Development magazine, has been published or featured in virtually every major fitness magazine, and has appeared on hundreds of television shows and radio programs across the United States. He is the recipient of the 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award, presented by the United States Sports Academy for outstanding achievement in fitness and contributions to the growth and development of sport fitness through outstanding leadership activity. Schoenfeld earned his PhD in health promotion and wellness at Rocky Mountain University, where his research focused on elucidating the mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and their application to resistance training. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and serves on the editorial advisory boards for several journals, including the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He is an assistant professor of exercise science at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, and heads their human performance laboratory.

Amanda Sisselman-Borgia, PhD, LCSW

Amanda Sisselman-Borgiaamanda.sisselman@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-8800
Assistant Professor
Department of Social Work
Lehman College

Dr. Amanda Sisselman-Borgia is a licensed social worker and Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Lehman College, City University of New York. Dr. Sisselman-Borgia teaches across the social work curriculum in the classroom, and has experience using online and hybrid teaching modalities. Dr. Sisselman-Borgia’s direct practice and research interests have focused on homelessness, poverty, and trauma and the impact of these issues on at-risk youth and families. Most recently Dr. Sisselman-Borgia has been focused on the impact of discrimination in the form of micro-aggressions on the health and well-being of at risk and homeless youth. Dr. Sisselman-Borgia is also working to develop and adapt interventions that provide better access to care, reduction in trauma skills, and improved life skills for homeless youth. Finally, Dr. Sisselman-Borgia is working with a team at Lehman College to develop a proposal that would study the impact of green housing and reduced environmental toxins on parenting and child outcomes.

Bryan Warde, PhD, LCSW

Bryan Warde bryan.warde@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-8043
Assistant Professor
Department of Social Work
Lehman College

Bryan Warde, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Assistant Professor with the Lehman College Social Work Program. In the MSW program, he teaches social welfare policy, supervision, administration, practice, and research. In the BSW program, he teaches social welfare policy. Dr. Warde's expertise is in social welfare policy and child welfare.

Over the last three decades, increased immigration from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean has resulted in a contemporary U.S. population that is the most ethnically and culturally diverse in its history. As a consequence of this diversity, individuals in modern America are increasingly defining themselves in multicultural terms. Given the aforementioned and the projected changes in the ethnic and cultural composition of the U.S. population, cultural competence is an essential requirement for students who will be pursuing their career objectives in this multicultural society. To help students become culturally competent, it is imperative that lecturers incorporate opportunities for this in their classroom learning. Research indicates that while didactic teaching methods are useful for imparting factual and descriptive content about culture, they are inadequate for stimulating students’ cultural awareness and sensitivity, which are both critical to enhancing cultural competency. More useful for stimulating cultural awareness and sensitivity are teaching methods that incorporate experiential learning activities with an interactive group format. One such experiential learning activity is the cultural genogram, which challenges students to examine the development of their cultural values. After considering the development of their cultural values, students then critically explore them in a group setting with other students who have different experiences and perspectives. It is in this exploration with other students that cultural awareness and sensitivity are stimulated, and cultural competence enhanced.