SPH Accolades

  • Distinguished Professor Denis Nash appointed to governor’s Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force

    October 16, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesDistinguished Professor Denis Nash

    More than 100,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, and most are unaware that they have it. The virus is spread by blood to blood contact, with the most common risk factor being injection drug use. Over the past decade, there has been a distinct peak in cases emerging among younger people aged 20 […]

  • Professor Karen Flórez awarded grant for study of diabetes among Mexican Americans

    September 17, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesProfessor Karen Florez

    Dr. Karen Flórez, Assistant Professor of Environmental, Occupational and Geospatial Sciences at CUNY SPH, was awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to conduct a study of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) among Mexican Americans. The goal of the proposed project is to examine the influence […]

  • CUNY SPH professor receives NSF grant to study the food-energy-water nexus of urban agriculture

    September 4, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesCUNY SPH Associate Professor Nevin Cohen

      Dr. Nevin Cohen, associate professor of health policy and management and research director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, was awarded a three-year, $385,766 grant from the National Science Foundation to measure the food, energy, and water impacts of urban agriculture. Cohen’s project involves colleagues from the Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland), […]

  • Noelle Fries awarded inaugural Joan Malin Reproductive Justice Fellowship

    July 9, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesNoelle Fries

    The Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), in partnership with the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH), unveiled the Joan Malin Reproductive Justice Fellowship in Public Health earlier this year. Noelle Fries, an MPH student in Community Health and Social Sciences, has been selected as the inaugural fellow for the […]

  • Ashish Joshi appointed Senior Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs

    June 28, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesAshish Joshi

    This month Ashish Joshi, PhD, MBBS, MPH was appointed to an expanded role in the administration of CUNY SPH. As the Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs, Dr. Joshi is now CUNY SPH’s highest academic officer. In his previous role as Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Joshi demonstrated great success in expanding […]

  • Denis Nash named Distinguished Professor by CUNY Board of Trustees

    June 28, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesDistinguished Professor Denis Nash

    On June 25, The Board of Trustees of CUNY voted unanimously in favor of the appointment of Professor Denis Nash as Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy.  CUNY SPH could not be prouder of him. As a scholar, mentor, instructor, and practitioner, Dr. Nash embodies our School’s most […]

  • Sheila Desai awarded grant by SFP

    June 12, 2018 | SPH AccoladesSheila Desai

    Doctoral student, Sheila Desai, has been awarded an Emerging Scholars in Family Planning grant by the Society for Family Planning. This grant is intended to support graduate-level research focused on advancing access to safe abortion or preventing unintended pregnancy in the United States. The award seeks to support individuals with a demonstrated commitment to family […]

  • Nevin Cohen and colleagues awarded funding for innovative food program

    May 7, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesFresh green and red peppers in crates

    Nevin Cohen, Health Policy and Management professor at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, was recently awarded funding, along with collaborators Enterprise Community Partners, Fund for NYCHA, and Karp Associates, to work with a group of NYCHA residents to co-design an innovative food buying system that will explore potential strategies such as […]

  • Doctoral student Dana Watnick awarded $20,000 American Fellowship

    April 30, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesDana Watnick

    Doctoral student Dana Watnick was recently awarded a $20,000 American Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to fund her dissertation work entitled Understanding Acceptability of a Vaginal Ring to Prevent HIV and Pregnancy: Integrating Multiple Qualitative Methods. The fellowship is awarded on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project […]

  • MPH student Sydney Leone receives NYS Public Health Honor Roll award

    April 9, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesSydney Leone

    Sydney Leone, currently an MPH student at CUNY SPH, has been honored with the New York State Public Health Honor Roll Award. This award is given to those individuals who play a key role in protecting and promoting the health of all New Yorkers. In the course of of her practicum, Leone worked with the […]

  • MS students Christine Constantino and Michael Ierardi awarded scholarships by AIHA

    March 20, 2018 | SPH Accolades

    Christine Constantino and Michael Ierardi, two MS students, were recently each awarded the Dr. Morton Lippman Scholarship by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. This scholarship was endowed in 2001 through a generous donation from Larry Birkner and Ruth McIntyre-Birkner in tribute to Dr. Lippmann, a professor of Environmental Medicine at the New York University (NYU) […]

  • Kristen Cribbs appointed director of CUNY SPH HRPP

    March 12, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesKristen Cribbs

    Kristen Cribbs was recently appointed director of the CUNY SPH Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). In this role, she will provide regulatory and administrative oversight of human subjects research (HSR) conducted by CUNY SPH faculty, staff, and students, as well as provide educational support to CUNY SPH researchers and assist them in complying with federal, […]

  • Two CUNY SPH students to present at SBM Annual Meeting

    March 5, 2018 | SPH Accolades

    Katrina F. Mateo, current doctoral student, along with Sandra Verdaguer, a recent MPH graduate, and colleagues had 5 abstracts accepted for presentation (4 posters and 1 oral presentation) at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in April 2018 in New Orleans, LA. The Primary Investigator of the study related to these abstracts is May […]

  • Elizabeth Geltman and students coauthor chapters in new book “Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases”

    March 5, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesEnvironmental Health in the 21st Century

    Elizabeth Geltman, along with several CUNY SPH students and recent graduates, has coauthored several chapters in a newly published book, Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases. This concisely written and easy-to-read resource provides timely information on emerging issues and valuable historical context that enables students to better understand a […]

  • Katrina Mateo elected to serve as student/trainee chair with the Society of Behavioral Medicine

    February 26, 2018 | SPH AccoladesKatrina Mateo

    Katrina Mateo, currently a doctoral student at CUNY SPH, was recently elected to be a student/trainee chair of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Behavioral Informatics and Technology Special Interest Group (BIT SIG) and will support the Chair and Co-Chair for this upcoming year. Mateo will be assisting the BIT SIG co-chairs over the course […]

  • CUNY SPH welcomes new faculty member Ilias Kavouras

    February 26, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesIlias Kavouras

    Ilias Kavouras Professor, Department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences Ilias Kavouras holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Crete in Greece. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and environmental health coordinator for the French Children Study. Prior to joining CUNY SPH, he was […]

  • Christine Constantino awarded internship at NASA Glenn Research Center

    January 22, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesChristine Constantino

    Christine Constantino a first year Master of Science student in the Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences department at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH), was recently awarded an internship at NASA Glenn Research Center, in Cleveland, Ohio.  She was one of two students accepted from a national search.  She […]

  • Sean Haley awarded Fulbright scholarship

    January 15, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesSean Haley

    Sean Haley was recently selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a Fulbright award to complete research in Brazil. His study uses a mixed methods research design to assess attitudinal and resource barriers to screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) implementation in primary care community health clinics in Rio de […]

  • Brian Pavilonis passes CIH exam

    November 20, 2017 | SPH AccoladesBrian Pavilonis

    Dr. Brian Pavilonis, assistant professor in the department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences, recently passed the Certified Industrial Hygienist exam. “Dr Brian Pavilonis, passed his Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) exam with flying colors as soon as he became eligible for it. CIH is the highest certification available for industrial hygienists. This success is a […]

  • Panel of CUNY SPH students to present on critical leadership theory at APHA

    October 9, 2017 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH Accoladesleadership

    A panel comprised of CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) students will give an oral presentation entitled ‘Public Health Leadership Education & Practice‘ at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA in November. The students, Lillian Meharan, Katrina Mateo, Jennifer Lee, and Kristen Cribbs will be speaking […]

  • Gabrielle deFiebre awarded USS scholarship

    October 3, 2017 | SPH AccoladesGabrielle deFiebre

    Gabrielle deFiebre, a doctoral student at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH), has been awarded the Don and Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarship by the CUNY University Student Senate (USS). The USS scholarship annually recognizes a student with disabilities who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and enthusiastic leadership and service under extraordinary […]

  • APHA honors Dean of CUNY SPH with prestigious award for distinguished service, leadership and innovation

    September 28, 2017 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH Accolades, SPH in the NewsDr. Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean of CUNY SPH

    AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION HONORS DEAN OF CUNY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH WITH PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION September 27, 2017  |  CUNY News The dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes, has received the American Public Health Association’s prestigious Executive Director’s Citation […]

  • Congratulations to all of our students presenting at APHA!

    September 20, 2017 | Press Releases & Announcements, SPH AccoladesAPHA 2017 Annual Meeting logo

    CUNY SPH is proud of the 14 master’s and doctoral students who will be presenting their first-authored work at the APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta this year. Congratulations to all! The following students will be presenting: Justin Brown Kristen Cribbs Danielle Hosein Jennifer Lee Priscilla Lopez Javier Lopez-Rios Catherine  Machalaba Katrina Mateo Erin McKinney Lillian […]

  • Dr. Terry Huang Receives Diversity Supplement

    September 18, 2017 | SPH AccoladesDr. Terry Huang

    Dr. Terry Huang, a Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy received a 3-year National Cancer Institute Diversity Supplement to his ongoing R01 study, known as the PARCS Study, to evaluate the impact of citywide park redesign and renovation on the health of New Yorkers. The PARCS study — a partnership […]

  • Kristina Rodriguez awarded Best Student Abstract at APHA

    September 11, 2017 | SPH AccoladesKristina Rodriguez

    Kristina Rodriguez, epidemiology doctoral student at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) has been awarded the David Rosenstein Award for Best Student Abstract for her APHA abstract entitled “Comparing MSM on PrEP to those who meet CDC guidance for PrEP use, but are not taking it: Results from a U.S. National Sample.” Discussing her abstract, Ms. […]

  • Dr. Jean Grassman contributes chapter to new book on preventing war and promoting peace

    September 6, 2017 | SPH Accolades

    Dr. Jean Grassman, faculty member at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH), has contributed to a new book published by Cambridge Press entitled “Preventing War and Promoting Peace: A Guide for Health Professionals.” Dr. Grassman, along with co-authors, wrote on chemical weapons as part of Chapter 5: Weapons of War […]

  • $2.4 million awarded to CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health for landmark, large-scale HIV Prevention Study

    July 25, 2017 | SPH Accolades, SPH in the News

    The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has awarded $2.4 million to Dr. Christian Grov, Dr. Denis Nash, and institutional partners to launch a 2-year nationwide HIV prevention study of gay and bisexual men. Gay and bisexual men account for nearly two-thirds of new HIV diagnoses among men, with men of color being hardest hit by […]

  • Kristina Rodriguez awarded Best Student Abstract

    July 11, 2017 | SPH Accolades

    Congratulations to CUNY SPH doctoral student Kristina Rodriguez on winning the David Rosenstein Award for Best Student Abstract for her abstract entitled “Comparing MSM on PrEP to those who meet CDC guidance for PrEP use, but are not taking it: Results from a U.S. National Sample”.  The award will be announced and presented at the […]

  • CUNY SPH faculty receive PSC-CUNY awards

    May 2, 2017 | SPH AccoladesFlat Vector Graphic Scientific Prize Icon

    Last week the CUNY Research Foundation announced the recipients of the 48th Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Awards. CUNY SPH is proud to announce four of our faculty received awards.   Emma Tsui Reducing the mental health effects of client death on home care workers: Evaluating a pilot intervention “The rapidly […]

  • Congratulations Dr. Sheng Li!

    April 25, 2017 | SPH AccoladesHeadshot of Dr. Sheng Li

    Dr. Sheng Li was recently awarded a Professional Enhancement Award at the Agent Based Model 17 Symposium, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, in San Diego, California. In addition to receiving his award, he presented on environmentally mediated infection transmission at the symposium. Dr. Li also recently presented on measles and rubella dynamics at the […]

  • Congratulations Dr. Schmeltz!

    April 10, 2017 | SPH AccoladesGrayscale headshot of Dr. Michael Schmeltz

    Congratulations to DPH alumnus, Dr. Michael Schmeltz, on accepting the position of Air Resource Specialist at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency in Seattle, doing air quality and climate policy work for the four counties around Seattle.  

  • Katrina Mateo presents interactive comic to promote healthy eating

    April 3, 2017 | SPH AccoladesPhoto of Katrina

    DPH student, Katrina Mateo, presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in San Diego, California in March. Her presentation titled, “Development of La Vida INC, a mobile-enabled interactive comic to promote healthy eating among urban Hispanic youth,” was a qualitative study that was part of a larger project that incorporates user-centered approaches throughout […]

  • Congratulations to Gillian Dunn!

    March 21, 2017 | SPH AccoladesHeadshot of Gillian Dunn

    CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy DPH graduate, Gillian Dunn, has accepted an assistant professor position at Hawai’i Pacific University in their public health department. She has been enlisted to teach global health and GIS health. Congratulations and best wishes to Gillian on this new chapter in her academic career!

  • Sonia K. Gonzalez speaks at TEDxCUNY

    March 14, 2017 | SPH AccoladesHeadshot of Sonia K. Gonzalez

    Sonia K. Gonzalez, the Director of Healthy CUNY‘s Health Technology Project and a student in CUNY’s DPH Program, recently gave a talk at TedX CUNY about the Healthy CUNY App, a digital application that she designed with more than 20 CUNY students from around the university. The app, now being tested at several CUNY campuses, connects students with information, resources and services […]

  • Congrats to Dr. Ellen Wiewel on the publication of her dissertation

    March 2, 2017 | SPH AccoladesHIV blood sample vial with a label showing a check mark over a box indicating a positive result.

    Ellen Wiewel, a graduate from the DPH program, published the first of her dissertation papers, with professors Luisa Borrell, Heidi Jones and Andrew Maroko.  In this paper, Dr. Wiewel and colleagues investigated whether neighborhood characteristics were associated with HIV viral suppression and maintenance of suppression among people living with HIV/AIDs in New York City, using […]

  • SPH Welcomes New Faculty Member Ghada Soliman!

    January 24, 2017 | SPH AccoladesHeadshot of Dr. Ghada Soliman

    Ghada Soliman, MD, PhD, RD, Associate Professor of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences Ghada Soliman, MD, PhD, RD received her PhD in nutritional biochemistry from the University of Arizona. Dr. Soliman completed post-doctoral fellowships and was an Assistant Professor in lipid metabolism at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Ghada also served on the […]

  • Depression and Caregiving

    December 1, 2016 | SPH AccoladesJennifer Kaufman

    MPH Student Jennifer Kaufman presented a poster, “Depressive effects associated with a transition into caregiving of a parent or spouse,” at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. The paper is a quantitative analysis of a large sample that confirms other research in finding that becoming a family caregiver may increase […]

  • Welcome Tisha Alfred!

    November 2, 2016 | SPH AccoladesTisha Alfred

    Tisha Alfred comes to us with a wealth of experience in supporting facilities-related projects at CUNY. She worked with Baruch College for almost ten years, at the Office of Construction, Planning and Design from 2011 through 2016, and Campus Operations from 2007 – 2011. In her new role, Ms. Alfred will work with Senior Associate […]

  • Welcome Himani Sharma!

    November 2, 2016 | SPH AccoladesHimani Sharma

    Himani Sharma comes to CUNY SPH from Kingsborough Community College where she worked in advisement and administration for three year. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from SUNY Binghamton and over 10 years of experience in education, healthcare and nonprofit. She is very enthusiastic to be working at CUNY SPH as a […]

  • Welcome Craig Willingham!

    November 2, 2016 | SPH AccoladesCraig Willingham

    The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is pleased to announce that Craig Willingham will join us as Deputy Director in late October.  For the last four years, Craig has worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, most recently at its Center for Health Equity. At DOHMH, Craig has played a […]

  • CUNY SPH Welcomes New Budget and Accounting Analyst, Juan Plazas

    September 27, 2016 | SPH AccoladesJuan Plazas

    Juan Plazas is excited to join the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy as a Budget and Accounting Analyst.  Juan bring over 6 years of experience working for the CUNY Graduate Center in the Finance and Business department. He has a BBA in Accounting & Finance from Baruch College and also worked […]

  • CUNY SPH Welcomes Two New Research Program Managers, Amanda Allen and Erika Reuter

    September 27, 2016 | SPH Accolades

    Having previously worked at New York University and Brooklyn College, Amanda Allen is excited to be returning to CUNY and joining the GSPHHP team as a Research Programs Manager.  Prior to moving to New York City, Amanda worked as a grants specialist at the University of Central Arkansas while working on her graduate degree in […]

  • Welcome, Paulo Lellis!

    September 10, 2016 | SPH AccoladesPaulo Lellis

    Paulo H. Lellis is excited to join the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. He has over a decade of experience working in higher education within and outside of CUNY. Prior to joining GSPHHP, he worked as a Coordinator at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, where he provided administrative […]

  • Congratulations to Alumna Emily D’Agostino

    September 9, 2016 | SPH Accolades

    DPH alumna Emily D’Agostino, now a Senior Researcher at the Miami-Dade Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, Health and Fitness Division,  presented her dissertation findings in a poster entitled, “The causal longitudinal association of change in fitness on absenteeism in NYC middle school youth over 4 school years” at the  Epidemiology Congress of the Americas this past […]

  • Congratulations, Dr. Flowers!

    September 9, 2016 | SPH AccoladesSara Flowers

    Sara Flowers successfully defended her dissertation, “Perceptions of Fidelity and Adaptation in Evidence-Informed Interventions by Women of Color Sexuality Health Educators” on September 1, 2016. After her successful defense, Dr. Flowers reflected on her experience as a CUNY doctoral student: “I highly valued the unique way that our program bridged research and practice. Further, I […]

  • Local Heroes: Recognizing the Extraordinary Team Behind the Most Recent Phase of Our Successful Transition

    September 2, 2016 | SPH Accolades

    When things run smoothly, there’s not much to say. Faculty, staff and students have the resources to carry on their research and training, service functions optimally, and the vast engine of our infrastructure is invisible. That’s the way it should be. But from time to time, and especially right now as we look back on […]

  • CUNY SPH Welcomes New HR Manager Carmen Vason

    September 2, 2016 | SPH AccoladesCarmen Vason

    Carmen Vason, Faculty and Staff Human Resources Manager Carmen Vason brings a wealth of experience and training to her HR role. She has MBAs in Management and HR Management from Iona College, and is a long time CUNY professional. Her experience in HR began when she was first hired at CUNY Lehman College in 1989. […]

  • CUNY SPH Welcomes New Librarian Wilfredo Rivera-Scotti

    September 2, 2016 | SPH AccoladesWilfredo Rivera-Scotti

    Wilfredo Rivera-Scotti, Librarian Wilfredo Rivera-Scotti, better known as Will, is the Public Health Librarian at GSPHHP. He’s excited to be a part of a new, startup-like academic venture – bringing in tow more than seven years of experience within The City University of New York. Some faculty members might remember him from when he was […]

  • CUNY SPH Welcomes New Faculty Karen Flórez

    September 2, 2016 | SPH AccoladesKaren Flórez

    Karen Flórez, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences Dr. Flórez’s training and research experiences are directly related to her deep-rooted interest in the sociocultural determinants of diet and diet-related diseases. She first began exploring the intersection between culture and health as an undergraduate medical anthropology student, when she focused on […]

  • CUNY SPH Welcomes New Faculty Jennifer Wisdom

    September 2, 2016 | SPH AccoladesJennifer Wisdom

    Jennifer Wisdom, PhD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management Dr. Wisdom is a licensed clinical psychologist and health services researcher who joins CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy as professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the CUNY Hub for Mental Health Innovation.  In her new role, she will […]

  • Congratulations, Dr. Franzosa!

    August 26, 2016 | SPH AccoladesEmily Franzosa

    Emily Franzosa successfully defended her dissertation, “The Effects of Job Characteristics on Home Care Workers’ Well-being and Job Performance: Understanding the Psychosocial Effects of Relational Care.” Dr. Franzosa is graduating from the Community, Society, and Health track. This fall she will continue teaching in the Health and Nutrition Sciences department at Brooklyn College, and working on […]