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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 Beckermbecker@york.cuny.edu
718-262-5310
Dean
School of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Professional Programs
York College

Dr. Maureen Becker is the Dean of the York College School of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Professional Programs. 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 over 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.

Mia Budescu, PhD

Maureen Beckermia.budescu@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-8478
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Lehman College

Mia Budescu is an associate professor of psychology at Lehman College. Her research explores stress and coping among adolescents and emerging adults. Her most recent studies have looked at the mental and physical health impacts of stigmatization based on race and homelessness among homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 24. She holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Temple University and a BA in history from Indiana University – Bloomington.

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.

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.

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.

Martin Downing, PhD

Maureen Beckermartin.downing@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-5563
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Lehman College

Dr. Martin Downing is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lehman College, CUNY. His research program reflects a long-standing commitment to understanding psychosocial and contextual factors of health and well being, particularly at the intersection of sexual orientation, behavior, and prevention and treatment of HIV. Dr. Downing’s primary areas of research include sleep health disparities and adult health outcomes associated with childhood sexual abuse (CSA). He holds a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from The Graduate Center, CUNY, a MS in psychology from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a BS in psychology from Georgia State University.

Jake Eubank, EdD

Mira Goral, PhD jacob.eubank@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-5605
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Lehman College

Dr. Jake Eubank is the Undergraduate Director and Assistant Professor in the Recreation Education and Therapy Program in the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College in Bronx, New York. His research focus is primarily on the impact of recreation and physical activity on the college student experience in the areas of stress, well-being, sense of belonging, academic success, and motivation. His other interests include higher education institutional policy and programming, particularly related to the health and well-being of college students. He received his Doctor of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his Master of Education with a concentration in Leisure and Tourism Studies from Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Eubank has held various positions in the field of recreation and leisure such as Assistant Director of Aquatics and Fitness at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Assistant Director of Aquatics and Safety at Indiana State University.

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.

Tailisha Gonzalez, MS, MPH

Katherine Ann Gregory tailisha.gonzalez@lehman.cuny.edu
347-577-4038
Substitute Lecturer
Department of Health Services
Lehman College

Tailisha Gonzalez is the Director of the undergraduate degree programs in Health Education and Promotion and Public Health at Lehman College, where she also serves as a Substitute Lecturer. She earned a BA in Latino Studies and Political Science from Columbia University, an MS in Non-Profit Management from the New School, and an MPH from Hunter College. She has worked in non-profit agencies and hospitals in New York City for over 20 years, advancing health education, community organizing, and HIV prevention initiatives. Tailisha is currently working on her PhD in Community Health and Health Policy at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health. Her research focuses on structural determinants of diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease among Latinos.

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 Sciences
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 Sciences 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.

Elgloria Harrison, DM, MS, RRT

Katherine Ann Gregory elgloria.harrison@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-7306
Dean
School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing
Lehman College

Dr. Elgloria Harrison is an educator, academic leader, and a clinician with over 25 years of experience as a practicing health care professional with a career focused on serving historically underrepresented populations. Dr. Harrison joins us as the Dean of the School of Health Sciences Human Services, and Nursing. She had been the Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the College of Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., since 2016, and recently as acting chair of the department of Health, Nursing and Nutrition at the same institution, with programs in Health Education, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology. She previously served as chair of the department for six years from 2008-2013 and subsequently became special assistant and promoted to Associate Dean to the founding dean of the College with responsibility for academic programs, assessment, program reviews, accreditation, faculty development, student support services, and online education, among others. An engaged scholar-practitioner with academic and industry experiences and a deep understanding of interprofessional health sciences and health services administration, Dr. Harrison was director of Clinical Operations at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD., where she managed a $10m operating budget, and had oversight for four units (Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory, and Medical Radiography). As a faculty and academic leader, Dr. Harrison has a deep bench of knowledge and engagement with campus governance and has been involved in many initiatives to advance student success outcomes and the university’s mission. Dr. Harrison received her doctorate degree in Management and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland University Global Campus Largo, Maryland; and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southern University, New Orleans, Louisiana. She also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Jaye Jones, PhD

Katherine Ann Gregory jaye.jones@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-1123
Interim Associate Dean
School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing
Lehman College

Dr. Jaye Jones is currently the Interim Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services & Nursing at Lehman College. She has been at Lehman for 7 years, and was previously the Executive Director of the Institute for Literacy Studies (ILS) [2016 -18] and director of the Adult Learning Center (a unit of ILS) [2012-2016]. During her time at Lehman, she has also taught courses in the Department of Social Work and helped to coordinate Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) activities. As a social worker and adult literacy educator, Dr. Jones is committed to an interdisciplinary research agenda focusing on adult literacy learners with histories of trauma, and the creation of emotionally responsive learning contexts that honor learners' knowledges and foster collective empowerment. She has authored more than a dozen scholarly and creative works and presented at over 30 regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Chicago, an M.S. degree from Columbia University's School of Social Work, an M.A. in Women's Studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Iowa.

Justine McGovern, PhD, LMSW

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

Justine McGovern is an Associate Professor in the Lehman College (CUNY) Department of Social Work. She teaches across the generalist practice curriculum. Her funded research focuses on aging in the global context, with an emphasis on increasing health equity in the urban environment, especially among diverse persons living with dementia. Justine had published and presented internationally on living with dementia, aspects of LGBTQ aging, intergenerational programming, student research, research methods, older adults and substance misuse, and more. She has wide-ranging practice experience, including in community mental health, child welfare, senior services, and parental care consulting. Her contributions to CUNY include having been the Interim Director of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity and a Lehman College Senator for the University Faculty Senate. At Lehman, she was the Chair of the Student Research Advisory Board, and is currently the Community Liaison for the Bronx Social Work Education Consortium, and a co-Coordinator for the college's Interdisciplinary Minor in Aging. She received her doctorate from NYU's Silver School of Social Work.

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.

J. Robin Moon, DPH, MPH, MIA

Jermaine Monk robin.moon@sph.cuny.edu
917-994-1213
Senior Director of System Integration, Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy
Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health & Social Medicine, CUNY School of Medicine

Dr. J. Robin Moon is Senior Director of System Integration at Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities, where she oversees care delivery system integration, network management, innovation fund initiatives, business process engineering, and program evaluation for the NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP), NYS-wide Medicaid transformation demonstration. A seasoned public health and executive management professional with 25 years of experience in private (corporate/entrepreneurial and non-profit/philanthropy) and public (government and academia) sectors, she is also a social epidemiologist with expertise in chronic disease disparities research and policy. She brings her diverse experience into the domains of public health, healthcare, and social welfare system development. She is co-founder and chief strategy officer of sana solutions LLC, a boutique health strategy consulting practice.

Dr. Moon holds a Doctor of Public Health from Harvard University, a Master of Public Health and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Chicago. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health, an Adjunct Professor at CUNY School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity.

John Orazem, PhD

Jermaine Monk john.orazem@lehman.cuny.edu
Adjunct Professor and Biostatistician
Department of Health Sciences
Lehman College

Dr. John Orazem is an adjunct professor with the Department of Health Sciences and serves as a statistical consultant within the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing at Lehman College. He received an MS and PhD in Biostatistics at Columbia University, and has worked for 30 years as a statistical scientist in the pharmaceutical industry and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Orazem has contributed to clinical drug development in diverse therapeutic areas, incorporating specialized adaptive designs that permit early termination, innovative simulation-based approaches to sample size determination, and novel methods to assess the robustness of analyses in the presence of missing data.  He also designed complex models to investigate medical record databases and to assess causality within observational studies.  His current work is focused on analyzing complex secondary data sources (e.g., NHANES) within the public health and exercise science domains.

Noemi Rodriguez

No Image Availablenrodriguez@citytech.cuny.edu
718-260-5283
Lecturer
Department of Health Sciences
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. She has taught health administration courses at Hostos Community College and at the School of Professional Studies. Ms. Rodriguez has experience in both public health and health care. As a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, she led and supported internal and external projects to improve agency processes and to facilitate collaboration with other City agencies. She has engaged in research with the Section on Health Choice, Policy, and Evaluation in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. Key projects included 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. Within the healthcare sector, Ms. Rodriguez has worked on quality assurance projects at the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and at the San Juan De Dios Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. Ms. Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in public administration from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate with a concentration in health policy and management at the CUNY School of Public Health. Her research focuses on policy and health disparities with attention to childhood obesity and nutrition outcomes among low-income children in the urban setting.

Maria Isabel Roldós, DrPH

Jermaine Monk mariaisabel.roldos@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-8775
Director, CUNY Institute for Health Equity

Associate Professor
Department of Department of Health Sciences
Lehman College

Dr. Maria Isabel Roldós holds a Doctor in Public Health (DrPH) degree from the University of Georgia (UGA) awarded in 2012, in addition to two master’s degrees, one in Public Administration from New York University (NYU) and another in Public Policy and Economics from Georgia State University (GSU).  Her experience includes: CDC’s National Center for Injury and Violence Prevention; the NIH’s National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)’s Office of Science Policy, Strategic Planning, Assessment, Reporting and Data (OSPARD) and multiple global health appointments including: USAID; associate dean of Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Ecuador and as the highest ranking public health official in the city of Quito-Ecuador – as Health Commissioner.

Her research and practice focus are in data science and in the applications of economic evaluations in health policy to improve minorities’ health and reduce health disparities and achieve health equity.  She has conducted prevention effectiveness studies on topics of violence prevention, unintentional injuries, health services and women’s health, for example: estimated the economic burden to intimate partner violence (IPV); a population based willingness-to-pay study on child maltreatment (CM); developed an econometric model to measure the effect of drug abuse on labor productivity among Black young adults in Iowa and Georgia; conducted delphi panels amongst medical personnel to diagnose and treat HPV, among others. Currently her focus is in the use of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) analyses to characterize populations that experience health disparities and in developing innovative methods to improve minorities’ participation in research, practice, and programs.

Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

Brad Schoenfeld brad.schoenfeld@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-1999
Associate 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.

Tracy Wong

No Image Availabletracy.wong@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718-951-5000 x6287
Associate Professor
Department of Health & Nutrition Sciences
Brooklyn College

Tracy Wong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences with degrees in sociology and public health. At Brooklyn she has taught Human Encounters with Death, Principles of Caring for the Terminally Ill, 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, Master's Paper, and Master's Thesis. Wong's areas of interest include trauma and loss, thanatology (death, dying and bereavement), infant mortality, immigrant populations, and low-income, minority communities. She holds a Certification in Thanatology (CT) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and serves as a hospice and palliative care volunteer.

Eleanore Wurtzel, PhD

Maureen Beckereleanore.wurtzel@lehman.cuny.edu
718-960-8643
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Lehman College
Biology and Biochemistry PhD Programs
CUNY Graduate Center

The Wurtzel laboratory conducts basic research on provitamin A carotenoid biosynthesis which is enabling sustainable solutions to global vitamin A deficiency for meeting the challenges of food security in the face of climate change.  Most recently, the Wurtzel laboratory discovered a new enzyme which is essential for biosynthesis of all plant carotenoids, including provitamin A carotenoids. This breakthrough led to discovery of a new prototype function for heme proteins, uncovered a novel means for regulating carotenoid biosynthesis in plants, and redefined the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway in plants. In 2006, Dr. Wurtzel was elected a AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and “honored for pioneering research on provitamin A carotenoid biosynthesis and for organizing the first Gordon Research Conference on Plant Metabolic Engineering”. In 2012, Dr. Wurtzel was awarded Fellow of ASPB by the American Society of Plant Biologists for “distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology.” Dr. Wurtzel was honored in 2017 by The International Carotenoid Society as a Fellow of ICS “which recognizes members whose consistent contributions to the Society, the scientific community, and the general public demonstrate a commitment to excellence, leadership, and sound ethics”. Dr. Wurtzel has served as advisor for the provitamin A carotenoid improvement program “BioCassava Plus” at the Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO which is funded by the Gates Foundation. Dr. Wurtzel has served on the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Board of Trustees (2012-2018) advising in the area of plant biology in addition to advising generally in biology and chemistry. Dr. Wurtzel is serving a second term as Monitoring Editor of Plant Physiology, the most highly cited journal in plant biology. Dr. Wurtzel is active in promoting diversity and gender balance in the scientific community, expanding opportunities for young scientists and facilitating growth of emerging fields of science. For example, Dr. Wurtzel serves on the Gordon Research Conference advisory committee for developing programs at GRC conferences that address challenges women face in science and engineering. She has also served on the Women in Plant Biology Committee of the American Society of Plant Biology (2013-16) and previously served on the Minority Affairs Committee (2004-10). Dr. Wurtzel founded the GRC on Plant Metabolic Engineering in 2005 and the associated GRC Seminar on Plant Metabolic Engineering for early career scientists. Dr. Wurtzel served as Vice Chair and then chaired the GRC on Carotenoids and founded the Seminar on Carotenoids (2013) for early career scientists. Recently, Dr. Wurtzel organized a Banbury meeting at Cold Spring Harbor laboratory to discuss the potential of applying synthetic biology to agriculture to solve global food demands, which led to a Perspective article in Nature Plants. Dr. Wurtzel has been awarded >$7 million in funding of research which has produced multiple patents and has been published in many high impact journals.