Health Behavior and Health Education

Along with providing education and training, department of Health Behavior and Health Education faculty and researchers have achieved national and international reputations for excellence in their respective fields of research and expertise. Short summaries of faculty are detailed below.

Department Chair

Cathleen Connell Cathleen M Connell, Ph.D.
Chronic illness self-management, dementia family caregiving

Core Faculty

K. Rivet Amico K. Rivet Amico, Ph.D.
HIV prevention, PrEP uptake/adherence, adherence in Phase II clinical trials of biomedical agents, HIV prevention, adolscents/young adults, marketing health/prevention, intervention strategies, risk reduction counseling, HIV diangosis and linkage to care, acute infection, engagement and re-engagement in HIV-care, ART adherence, MSM stigma, HIV stigma, technology based/supported interventions, standard of care HIV treatment and prevention, practice based evidence, gender disparities. 

Jose Bauermeister Jose A. Bauermeister, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Sexuality and health; LGBT health; HIV and STI prevention and care; eHealth; adolescence and young adulthood; microbicides; quantitative methods

Cleopatra Caldwell Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, Ph.D.
Social networks and social supports and mental health, better health outcomes among adolescents, network interventions, family relationships, cultural factors associated with the health behavior and health status of adolescents and women.

Linda Chatters Linda M. Chatters, Ph.D.
Religion and health, aging, social support, family studies, African Americans.

Cathleen Connell Cathleen M Connell, Ph.D.
Chronic illness self-management, dementia family caregiving

Chris Coombe Chris M. Coombe, Ph.D, M.P.H.
Racial and economic equity, urban neighborhoods and health, social determinants, community-based participatory research, health impact assessment.

Arline Geronimus Arline T. Geronimus, Sc.D.
Structure, culture, and health; racial/ethnic inequalities in health; poverty and health; population-variation in fertility-timing and in family economic and caretaking systems; structurally rooted biospyschosocial models of health inequality.

Gary Harper Gary Harper, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Primary and secondary HIV prevention intervention development in the US and Kenya, resiliency among African American gay/bisexual male adolescents/young adults, health promotion among adolescents living with HIV, community-university partnerships, qualitative research methods.

Justin Heinze Justin E. Heinze, Ph.D.
Developmental transitions, social exclusion/ostracism, issues of gender and sexuality and longitudinal data methodology.

Barbara Israel Barbara A. Israel, Dr.P.H.
Community-based participatory research, stress, social networks, social support, community capacity, evaluation research, empowerment, health disparities, social determinants of health.

Mary Janevic Mary Janevic, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Chronic disease management among older adults and family caregivers.

Nancy Janz Nancy K. Janz, Ph.D.
Impact of chronic disease and its treatment on quality of life, psychosocial factors that influence preventive and disease management behaviors, breast cancer survivorship.

Toby Jayaratne Toby E. Jayaratne, Ph.D.
Lay genetic explanations for disease and perceived gender and race differences in disease.

Elizabeth King Elizabeth J. King, Ph.D., M.P.H.
HIV/AIDS and key populations, gender-based violence, equality of access to services and care, global health

Neal Krause Neal Krause, Ph.D.
Stress and health in late life; religion and health among older people; social support among older people in Japan, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China.

Daniel Kruger Daniel J. Kruger, Ph.D.
Altruism, cooperation, competition, risky behavior, mortality patterns, life history, birth outcomes, Geographical Information Systems.

Laurie Lachance Laurie L. Lachance, Ph.D., MPH
Prevention and management of chronic disease; evaluation of community-based interventions to improve health outcomes; behaviors related to diet and nutrition; complementary and alternative medicine use.

Alison Miller Alison L. Miller, Ph.D.
Childhood mental health, developmental psychopathology; childhood poverty and stress, eating behavior and obesity; biobehavioral self-regulation, socio-emotional development, and school readiness; child and family interventions.

Ritesh Mistry Ritesh Mistry, Ph.D.
Socioecological influence on health and health behaviors; adolescent health; global health; capacity building

Harold Neighbors Harold W. Neighbors, Ph.D.
Diversity in public health workforce, racial and ethnic influences on psychiatric diagnosis and community case-finding of mental disorder, use of informal and professional mental health services by African Americans.

Minal Patel Minal R. Patel, Ph.D., M.P.H
Health-related financial burden; cost-related non-adherence; chronic disease self-management; management of multiple chronic conditions; patient-provider communication; provider education; behavioral interventions to improve patient-centered outcomes; health disparities

John Piette John D. Piette, Ph.D.
Chronic disease self-management, mobile health interventions.

Thomas Reischl Thomas M. Reischl, Ph.D.
Community psychology, program evaluation, violence prevention, obesity prevention, measurement and design issues in community-based research.

Ken Resnicow Ken Resnicow, Ph.D.
Design and evaluation of health promotion programs for special populations, understanding the relationship between ethnicity and health behaviors, school-based health programs, substance use prevention and harm reduction.

J. Roberts J. Scott Roberts, Ph.D.
Genetic testing, personalized medicine, social and behavioral interventions, risk communication, Alzheimer's disease, mental health & aging, cancer genomics, public health ethics

Amy Schulz Amy Jo Schulz, Ph.D.
Racial and socioeconomic health equity, urban health,  social determinants of health, community-based participatory research.

Rachel Snow Rachel Campbell Snow, D.Sc.
International reproductive health, contraception, HIV/AIDS, policy and planning.

Victor Strecher Victor J. Strecher, Ph.D.
Behavior change, health promotion, disease prevention and management, computer-tailored interventions, multimedia.

Brian Zikmund-Fisher Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, Ph.D.
Health and medical decision making, application of psychological and economic principles to health education, risk communication (health, medical, and environmental), numeracy, survey and experimental design.

Marc Zimmerman Marc A. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Empowerment theory, adolescent health and resiliency, youth violence prevention, community-based prevention and evaluation research.

Faculty with Joint Appointments

Alan Baptist Alan P. Baptist, M.D., M.P.H.
Asthma, allergy, and immunology.

C. Bingham C. Raymond Bingham, Ph.D.
Adolescent development, with a focus on adolescent driving and alcohol use.

Rebecca Cunningham Rebecca M. Cunningham, M.D.
Brief interventions for violence and substance misuse in Emergency Department settings and injury prevention.

Karen Farris Karen Farris, Ph.D.
Medication management, individuals’ medication adherence, reasons for non-adherence, including concern and necessity beliefs, and self-reporting adverse effects.

Michele Heisler Michele Heisler, M.D., M.P.H.
Patient self-management of chronic illnesses, patient-doctor relations, disparities in processes and outcomes in chronic illnesses.

Predrag Klasnja Predrag Klasnja, Ph.D.
Human-computer interaction, health informatics, mobile computing.

Harvey Leo Harvey L. Leo, M.D.
Asthma and allergic disease in children in emerging nations, food allergies in childcare and school settings, psychological impacts of food allergy in young children, impact of chronic disease in children and families.

Toby Lewis Toby C Lewis, M.D., M.P.H.
Epidemiology and public health of childhood respiratory disease, particularly the interplay of biologic, environmental, and social factors in the development and exacerbation of asthma

Arden Morris Arden M. Morris, M.D., M.P.H.
Quality of surgical care and disparities in care.

Gretchen Piatt Gretchen A. Piatt, Ph.D.
Health systems and health care delivery for people with and at risk for diabetes, behavioral and psychosocial aspects of diabetes prevention and management, prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity in the primary care and community settings, implementation and dissemination science for diabetes and obesity

Sarah Stoddard Sarah A. Stoddard, Ph.D.
Adolescent health and resiliency, adolescent substance use and violence.

Tiffany Veinot Tiffany C.E. Veinot, M.L.S., Ph.D.
Community health informatics, health information service models, social networks and social capital, rural health, youth, collaborative health information behavior, HIV/AIDS.

Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty

Kirsten Herold Kirsten F. Herold, Ph.D.
The teaching of writing at the graduate level.

Emeritus Faculty

Ruth Simmons Ruth Simmons, Ph.D.
International family planning and reproductive health policies and programs, scaling up innovations in health service delivery, community perspectives.