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  1. Jolynn Gardner, Director, Public Health Program

    CAS - Health Studies

    Jolynn Gardner is the Director of American University’s Public Health Program. She earned a doctorate in Community Health Education and Health Services Administration from The Ohio State University and she is certified as a Health Education Specialis… More

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    (202) 885-3943

  1. Jody Gan, Instructor

    CAS - Health Promotion Program

    Jody Gan is an instructor in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Health Studies where she teaches Introduction to Public Health, Lifetime Health and Fitness, Multicultural Health, and coordinates internships for public health students. Wi… More

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    (202) 885-6872

  2. 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

Affiliated Faculty

  1. Lynne Arneson, Premed Advisor

    CAS - Biology

    Following an education in the Midwest culminating in a PhD in Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, Professor Arneson began teaching students in the Department of Biology at American University in 2001.  She became the Premedical Programs Coordi… More

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    (202) 885-2186

  2. Monica Biradavolu, Scholar in Residence

    CAS - Sociology

    Monica Biradavolu joined AU in 2010 and is affiliated to the Department of Sociology and the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS). She holds a PhD in Sociology from Duke University and a BA in Sociology from Delhi University. She has previously … More

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    (202) 895-4971

  3. Kim Blankenship, Department Chair, Sociology

    CAS - Sociology

    Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the District of Columbia Center fo… More

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    (202) 885-6211

  4. Wendy Boland, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, KSB

    KSB - Acad Progs - Graduate

    Professor Boland joined the Marketing Department at Kogod in the fall of 2008 after receiving her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on consumer decision making, risky consumption, consumer well-being, information… More

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    (202) 885-1976

  5. 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

  6. Maria De Jesus, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health disparities, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research examines the role of cross-cultural health communication… More

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    (202) 885-6392

  7. Katie DeCicco-Skinner, Associate Professor

    CAS - Biology

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  8. Daniel Esser, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Esser investigates development effectiveness in the context of local, national and global policies and programs. His work focuses on (1) sub-national governance amid armed conflict, in particular in urban areas; (2) global health governance… More

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    (202) 885-1892

  9. Sonya Grier, Professor

    KSB - Marketing

    Professor Grier conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Her current research investigates the relationship between marketing … More

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    (202) 885-1971

  10. Kathleen Gunthert, Associate Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Dr. Gunthert’s program of research focuses on the influence of everyday stress and coping on depression, anxiety, and psychotherapy outcomes. Specifically, she has used intensive daily monitoring techniques to address how everyday mood regulation var… More

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    (202) 885-1701

  11. David Haaga, Professor and Department Chair, Psychology

    CAS - Psychology

    Dave Haaga is a Professor of Psychology and has been a faculty member at American University since 1989. Dr. Haaga received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive the… More

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    (202) 885-1718

  12. Monica Jackson, Associate Professor

    CAS - Math & Statistics

    Monica Christine Jackson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She obtained a B.S. and M.S. degree in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University. She completed a PhD in applied mathematics and computational science from University of Maryland.… More

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    (202) 885-1509

  13. Jocelyn Johnston, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on government contracting, public management, and intergovernmental programs and policy. Her publications can be seen in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory… More

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    (202) 885-2608

  14. Jeffrey Kaplan, Associate Professor

    CAS - Biology

    Kaplan’s lab studies bacterial biofilms, which are thin, slimy layers of bacteria that grow on surfaces exposed to a liquid. Biofilms grow on rocks in streams, inside pipes, on teeth, and on implanted medical devices such as mechanical heart valves a… More

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    (202) 885-2113

  15. Alan Kraut, University Professor

    CAS - History

    Alan M. Kraut is University Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member of the School of International Service. He is also a Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Currently, he is the President of the Organization of America… More

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    (202) 885-2410

  16. Kimberly Leighton, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Kim Leighton was raised in the Boston area, and has spent much of her life in New York and Western Mass. She spent her junior year abroad studying at Oxford University. After finishing her dissertation in philosophy on understandings of self-knowledg… More

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    (202) 885-2415

  17. Elizabeth Malloy, Associate Professor

    CAS - Math & Statistics

    Professor Malloy received her PhD in Statistics from the University of New Mexico and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include functional data analysis, biostatistics,… More

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    (202) 885-3614

  18. Taryn Morrissey, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability and chil… More

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    (202) 885-6323

  19. Jane Palmer, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University and an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Before coming to AU for her Ph.D., she was the executive director of a domesti… More

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    (202) 885-3118

  20. Nathan Paxton, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Nathan A. Paxton studies international relations, organizational decisionmaking, global public health, and political theory, and he is a member of the International Development Program in SIS. His current research focuses on two areas: the effect… More

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    (202) 885-2460

  21. Adrienne Pine, Associate Professor

    CAS - Anthropology

    Adrienne Pine is a militant medical anthropologist who has worked in Honduras, Mexico, Korea, the United States, Egypt, and Cuba. In her book, Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras, she argues that the symbolic violence re… More

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    (202) 885-1845

  22. Maria Pospieszalska, Director, Professional Science Masters in Biostatistics

    CAS - Math & Statistics

    Prior to joining AU, Dr. Maria K. Pospieszalska held research scientist positions at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Cardiovascular Research Center, University … More

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    (202) 885-6472

  23. Rachel Robinson, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on the politics of population, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. She has studied the process of population policy adoption, the emergence of reproductive heal… More

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    (202) 885-1636

  24. Jeremy Shiffman, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Jeremy Shiffman is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. A political scientist by training, he researches the politics of health policy and administration in poor countries. He has a particular interest in health agend… More

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    (202) 885-3653

  25. Anastasia Snelling, Professor

    CAS - Health Studies

    Dr. Anastasia Snelling is a professor, Dean in the School of Education 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 yea… More

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    (202) 885-6278

  26. Martha Starr, Professor

    CAS - Economics

    Professor Starr's research interests are consumption, saving, wealth, healthcare spending, health behaviors, regulation of tobacco products, healthcare antitrust, pharmaceuticals, markets for healthcare services, and survey data.

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    (202) 885-3747

  27. Sue Taylor, Public Anthropologist in Residence

    CAS - Anthropology

    Taylor had extensive experience in nursing administration and clinical practice when she pursued a career in anthropology focusing on issues of health and gerontology. She directed a graduate program in medical anthropology at Wayne State University … More

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    (202) 885-6793

  28. Rachel Watkins, Associate Professor

    CAS - Anthropology

    My research focuses on the biological and social history of African Americans living in the 19th and 20th century urban US. Specifically, I examine the health consequences of poverty and inequality through skeletal and documentary data analysis. I co… More

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    (202) 885-1663

  29. Thespina Yamanis, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and structural conditions to global health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to improve health among vulnerable groups. Sh… More

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    (202) 885-6562

  30. Brian Yates, Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Dr. Yates has published or has in-press 85 articles, book chapters, and online pieces, plus 5 books. Most of his publications apply cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to the systematic evaluation and improvement of human services. Dr. Yates … More

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    (202) 885-1727