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Elizabeth Cotter Assistant Professor CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University and the Director of the Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab. She is a licensed psychologist w

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Martinique Free Professorial Lecturer CAS - Health Studies

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 He

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Jody Gan Professorial Lecturer CAS - Health Studies

Jody Gan is a Professorial Lecturer in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Health Studies. With three decades of experience planning, implementing and evaluating health programs, Jody enjo

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Melissa Hawkins Director, Public Health Scholars Program CAS - Health Studies

Melissa Hawkins is the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Health Studies at American University. Dr. Hawkins is an epidemiologist with over a decade of experience in the applicati

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Kathleen Holton Associate 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 certai

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Robert Karch Professor CAS - Health Studies

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

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Elissa Margolin Professorial Lecturer 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, ma

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Ethan Mereish Associate Professor CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Ethan Mereish is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. He completed a clinical psycho

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Jessica Owens-Young Assistant Professor CAS - Health Studies

Jessica Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. Her work broadly focuses on health in economically distressed and under-resourced communities. Dr. Y

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Anthony Panzera Professorial Lecturer CAS - Health Studies

An epidemiologist and social marketer, Anthony has many years' worth of experiences across numerous human health research environments, from laboratories to national studies. He is passionate about pu

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 Lifecycle Nutrition, Nutrition for Health, Sports Nutrition, Changes in Health Behav

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Research and Program Staff

Affiliate Faculty

Wisam Hanna Associate Dean, Grad Prof Studies and Exec IR Professorial Lecturer, SPExS CAS - Health Studies

Sam is the Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, an Executive in Residence and the Program Director of the master’s in healthcare management at American University in Washington, DC. He

Sarah Irvine Belson Professor SOE - School of Education

Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Special Education. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with dis

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Laura Juliano Professor CAS - Psychology

Laura M. Juliano earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her

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Taryn Morrissey Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Morrissey is an SPA Dean's Scholar Associate Professor. Her work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines early care and education poli

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Thespina Yamanis Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and structural conditions to health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to

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HLTH Adjunct Faculty

Additional HLTH Adjuncts

  • Jessica Yamamoto - Introduction to Nutrition
  • Christine Ju - Introduction to Nutrition
  • Nan Smith - Introduction to Nutrition
  • Dorelle Engel - Introduction to Nutrition
  • Elizabeth Brandley - Intro to Health Promotion
  • Carlos Williams - Multicultural Health
  • Andie Rowe - Strategies for Stress Management
  • Katherine Haldeman - Strategies for Stress Management
  • Christopher Nasti - First Aid, CPR & Med Emergency
  • Aimee Richardson - Issues with Women's Health
  • Stephanie Mull - Sports Nutrition
  • Nancy Katz - Health in School Environment
  • Feon Cheng - Nutrit Epidemiology & Res Methods
  • Allison Tepper - Vitamins & Minerals
  • Tracy Gensler - Strategies for Weight Control
  • JD Hoyle - Introduction to Public Health
  • Nicole Kramer - Health Communications
  • Kathleen Irwin - Infectious Disease
  • Michelle Millerick - Health Promotion and Health Care
  • Sejal Davis - Nutrition Education Methods
  • Margo Wootan - Food Policy

HFIT Adjunct Faculty

  • Bridget Bowers - Walking and Jogging
  • Neva Ingalls - Yoga
  • Brigid Rauch - Yoga
  • Ayanna Smith - Yoga
  • Nitya Ramlogan - Yoga
  • Ayanna Wells - Yoga
  • Katie Greenberg - Soccer
  • Chris Silva - Orienteering
  • Jennifer Johnson - Urban Hiking
  • Elizabeth Brandley - Urban Hiking
  • Danielle Gray - 5k Training
  • Samantha Cohn - Dance Fitness
  • Ayanna Smith - Pilates
  • Laura Yochelson - Intuitive Fitness
  • Emily Peca - Urban Hiking
  • Leah Brennan - Urban Hiking
  • John Garrett - Tennis
  • Doug Schwanke - Princ & Tech's of Weight Train
  • Robert Beahm - Princ & Tech's of Weight Train
  • Olivia Greer - Group Aerobic Fitness
  • Andrew Brown - Cross Training 
  • Robert Beahm - Cross Training 
  • Garland Bartlett - Swimming
  • Barbara Bernstein - Salsa Dancing
  • Robin Stark - Group Aerobic Fitness
  • Michael Gurevitz (National Diving Center) - Scuba
  • Sarah Katz - Volleyball
  • Rose Kehoe - Aquatic Fitness
  • Michael Henchy - Volleyball
  • Anne Roberts - Personal Defense
  • James Roberts - Martial Arts
  • Alexandre Ryjik - 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