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Full-time Faculty

  1. Anastasia Snelling, Department Chair, Health Studies

    CAS - Health Studies

    Dr. Anastasia Snelling is a professor and Chair of the Department of Health Studies at American University. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a registered dietitian for over thirty years and a fellow in the American C… More

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    (202) 885-6278

  1. Elizabeth Cotter, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. She is a licensed psychologist with clinical and research interests broadly related to the prevention of eating and weight-related concerns. Sh… More

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    (202) 885-3703

  2. Elizabeth Eilender, Instructor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Elizabeth Eilender, MS, RD, CDN has been teaching courses on health and nutrition for eight years, and holds graduate degrees in both clinical nutrition and journalism. She is currently a full term online faculty member in the master’s degree program… More

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  3. Martinique Free, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Health Promotion Program

    Dr. Free is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Health Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Education and MPH in Communicable Diseases and Behavioral Health Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Gr… More

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    (202) 885-6873

  4. Jody Gan, Instructor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Jody Gan is an instructor in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Health Studies where she teaches Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Health Promotion, Multicultural Health, Lifetime Health and Fitness, and coordinates internsh… More

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    (202) 885-6872

  5. Jolynn Gardner, Director, Public Health Program

    CAS - Health Studies

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    (202) 885-3943

  6. Melissa Hawkins, Director, Public Health Scholars Program

    CAS - Health Studies

    Melissa Hawkins is the Director of the Public Health Scholars Program in the Department of Health Sciences at American University. Dr. Hawkins brings over a decade of experience in the application of public health methodologies to government and priv… More

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    (202) 885-6252

  7. Kathleen Holton, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Dr. Kathleen Holton is a nutritional neuroscientist. Her research examines the negative effects of dietary excitotoxins on neurological symptoms, as well as the positive protective effects of certain micronutrients on the brain. The most common die… More

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    (202) 885-3797

  8. Robert Karch, Professor

    CAS - Health Promotion Program

    Robert Karch has been a member of American University faculty since 1969. He is a full professor in the School of Education, Teaching & Health. He is also the founder and Director of both the Masters of Science program in Health Promotion Management … More

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    (202) 885-6285

  9. Elissa Margolin, Instructor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Elissa Margolin is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Health Studies. For nearly a decade, she has worked in the service of some of the world’s poorest, providing technical direction, management, and leadership of national-level public … More

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    (202) 885-6274

  10. Ethan Mereish, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Dr. Ethan Mereish is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. He completed a clinical psychology residency at Harvard Medical School and a p… More

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    (202) 885-3054

  11. Cynthia Ronzio, Professorial Lecturer

  12. Allison Tepper, Instructor

    CAS - Health Promotion Program

    Allison Tepper is an Instructor in the Department of Health Studies. She is a Registered Dietitian licensed in both Washington, DC and Maryland. Prior to coming to American University, she had both counseling and food service roles at Georgetown U… More

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    (202) 885-6179

  13. Amy Trietiak, Instructor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Amy Trietiak is an Instructor with the Department of Health Studies. She has more than 15 years of health promotion experience and currently co-owns a yoga studio in Falls Church, Virginia. Outside of teaching in higher education, Amy’s professional … More

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  14. Trina Ulrich, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Health Studies

    Trina C. Ulrich, MD is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Health Studies at American University, teaching Sports Nutrition, Lifecycle Nutrition and Sports Psychology. Trina studied Sports Medicine during her undergraduate years at the Unive… More

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  15. Jessica Young, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Dr. Jessica Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies. Broadly, Dr. Young’s academic and research interests center on achieving health equity for underserved populations. Her current research focuses on improving health and … More

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    (202) 885-2726

Adjunct Faculty

  • Ms. Sarah Bernson - Volleyball
  • Ms. Bridget Bowers - Cross Training; Group Aerobic Fitness
  • Ms. Robin Carl - Group Aerobic Fitness
  • Mr. Colin Cooley - Weight Training
  • Ms. Edwina Davis - Stress Management Techniques
  • Ms. Dorelle Engel - Current Concepts in Nutrition
  • Mr. John Garrett - Tennis
  • Mr. Michael Gurevitz (National Diving Center) - Scuba
  • Ms. Kathy Haldeman - Wellness Advocates
  • Ms. Rose Kehoe - Lifetime Health and Fitness; Water Aerobics
  • Mr. Ahen Kim - Volleyball
  • Ms. Stephanie Mull - Nutrition for Health; Sports Nutrition
  • Ms. Brigid Rauch - Yoga
  • Ms. Aimee Richardson - Women's Health
  • Dr. Joanne Roberts - Applied Physiology and Testing I & II
  • Ms. Ann Roberts - Personal Defense.
  • Mr. Jim Roberts - Beginning Martial Arts; Intermediate Martial Arts
  • Ms. Claudia Rodriguez - Strategies in Stress Reduction
  • Mr. Alexandre Ryjik - Beginning Fencing


Emeritus Faculty

  • Mr. Billy Coward - Associate Professor
  • Dr. D. Geiser - Professor
  • Dr. V. Hawke - Professor
  • Dr. J. Hubbell - Professor
  • Mr. Larry Nyce - Associate Professor
  • Dr. Barbara Reiman - Associate Professor
  • Dr. Margaret Safrit - Professor