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Jolynn Gardner

Jolynn Gardner

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Director, Public Health Program

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
CAS - Biology


Blake Bennett

Blake Bennett

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Assistant Director of Public Health Scholars

Blake Bennett received his PhD in Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Public Health Scholars. His research interests are in environmental health including st... [More]

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202-885-6873
CAS - Environmental Science


Jody Gan

Jody Gan

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Instructor

Jody Gan is an instructor in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health and the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Public Health. With 25 years of experience planning, implementing and evaluating health programs at the local, state, and n... [More]

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202-885-6872
CAS - Health Promotion Program


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Lynne Arneson

Lynne Arneson

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Premed Advisor

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
CAS - Dean's Office


Monica Biradavolu

Monica Biradavolu

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Scholar in Residence

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
CAS - Sociology


Kim Blankenship

Kim Blankenship

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Department Chair, 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. She previously served on the faculty of Sociology at Duke University and at the Duke Global ... [More]

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202-885-6211
CAS - Sociology


Wendy Boland

Wendy Boland

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Associate Professor

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
KSB - Marketing


Elizabeth Cotter

Elizabeth Cotter

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an instructor in the School of Education, Teaching and Health at American University. She is a licensed psychologist with clinical and research interests broadly related to the prevention of eating and weight-related concerns.... [More]

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202-885-3703
CAS-Education Teaching Health


Katie DeCicco-Skinner

Katie DeCicco-Skinner

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Associate Professor

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202-885-2193
CAS - Biology


Maria De Jesus

Maria De Jesus

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Assistant Professor

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
SIS-School of Intl Service


Daniel Esser

Daniel Esser

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Esser investigates development effectiveness in the context of local, national and global policies and programs. He focuses on three research areas: [1] local (in particular urban) governance in the context of armed conflict, [2] global health ag... [More]

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202-885-1892
SIS-School of Intl Service


Dara Ford

Dara Ford

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Dara Ford is a professorial lecturer in the School of Education, Teaching and Health at American University. She is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian with clinical and research interests broadly related to diet and quality of life. She is parti... [More]

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202-885-2713
CAS - Education/Teaching/Health


Sonya Grier

Sonya Grier

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Associate Professor

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
KSB - Marketing


Kathleen Gunthert

Kathleen Gunthert

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Associate Professor

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
CAS - Psychology


David Haaga

David Haaga

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Professor and Department Chair, 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
CAS - Psychology


Monica Jackson

Monica Jackson

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Associate Professor

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
CAS - Math & Statistics


Jocelyn Johnston

Jocelyn Johnston

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Associate Professor

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
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Jeffrey Kaplan

Jeffrey Kaplan

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Associate Professor

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
CAS - Biology


Alan Kraut

Alan Kraut

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University Professor

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
CAS - History


Kimberly Leighton

Kimberly Leighton

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Assistant Professor

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
CAS - Philosophy and Religion


Elizabeth Malloy

Elizabeth Malloy

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Associate Professor

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
CAS - Math & Statistics


Taryn Morrissey

Taryn Morrissey

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Assistant Professor

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
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer

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Professorial Lecturer

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. She worked for more than a decade in community-based organizations in urban, l... [More]

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202-885-3118
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Nathan Paxton

Nathan Paxton

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Professorial Lecturer

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
SIS-School of Intl Service


Adrienne Pine

Adrienne Pine

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Assistant Professor

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

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202-885-1845
CAS - Anthropology


Maria Pospieszalska

Maria Pospieszalska

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Professorial Lecturer

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
CAS - Math & Statistics


Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson

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Associate Professor

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
SIS-School of Intl Service


Jeremy Shiffman

Jeremy Shiffman

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Professor

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
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Anastasia Snelling

Anastasia Snelling

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Associate Dean, School of Education, Teaching and Health

Dr. Anastasia Snelling is a professor and the Associate Dean in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health at American University. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a registered dietitian for over thirty years and... [More]

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202-885-6278
CAS-Education Teaching Health


Martha Starr

Martha Starr

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Associate Professor

Professor Starr's research interests are consumption, saving, wealth, healthcare spending, healthcare antitrust, pharmaceuticals, markets for healthcare services, monetary policy, macroeconomics, and social economics.

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202-885-3747
CAS - Economics


Sue Taylor

Sue Taylor

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Public Anthropologist in Residence

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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202-885-1830
CAS - Anthropology


Rachel Watkins

Rachel Watkins

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Associate Professor

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
CAS - Anthropology


Thespina Yamanis

Thespina Yamanis

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and economic conditions to global health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to improve health among the most vulnerable gro... [More]

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202-885-6562
SIS-School of Intl Service


Brian Yates

Brian Yates

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Professor

Dr. Yates has published 83 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 has conducted Co... [More]

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202-885-1727
CAS - Psychology