Health Studies Faculty and Staff

Chair

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 fo

  stacey@american.edu

  (202) 885-6278

Main Office

Faculty

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

  cotter@american.edu

  (202) 885-3703

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

  mfree@american.edu

  (202) 885-6873

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

  gan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6872

Jolynn Gardner Director, Public Health Program CAS - Health Studies

Jolynn Gardner is the Director of the Public Health Program in the Department of Health Studies. Dr. Gardner has over 25 years of experience in undergraduate Public Health education. She earned a doct

  jgardner@american.edu

  (202) 885-3943

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 Studies at American University. Dr. Hawkins is an epidemiologist with over a decade of experience in t

  mhawkins@american.edu

  (202) 885-6252

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

  holton@american.edu

  (202) 885-3797

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

  rkarch@american.edu

  (202) 885-6285

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

  margolin@american.edu

  (202) 885-6274

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

  mereish@american.edu

  (202) 885-3054

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

  jessica@american.edu

  (202) 885-2726

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

  panzera@american.edu

Amy Trietiak Professorial Lecturer CAS - Health Studies

Amy Trietiak is a Professorial Lecturer with the Department of Health Studies where she teaches courses in Nutrition Education Methods, Program Design, and Health Communication. Her interests lie at t

  trietiak@american.edu

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

  ulrich@american.edu

  (202) 885-1434

Research and Program Staff

Elizabeth Brandley Adjunct Instructor CAS - Health Studies

Elizabeth Brandley is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) who earned her MS in Health Promotion Management and a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Education from American University. She is

  brandley@american.edu

M. Son Taylor Research Coordinator CAS - Health Studies

Son Taylor (They/Them) is the Research Coordinator for the Lavender Lab in the Department of Health Studies. They received their B.S. in Psychology from Towson University in Spring 2019. Their researc

  sontaylor@american.edu

  (202) 885-6304

Affiliate Faculty

Wisam Hanna Associate Dean, Grad Prof Studies and Exec IR Professorial Lecturer, SPExS School of Prof and Extd 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

  shanna@american.edu

Sarah Irvine Belson Interim Vice Provost for Research 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

  sirvine@american.edu

  (202) 885-3714

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

  juliano@american.edu

  (202) 885-1715

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

  morrisse@american.edu

  (202) 885-6323

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

  nina.yamanis@american.edu

  (202) 885-6562

HLTH Adjunct Faculty

Nancy Aboulmouna Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Nancy Aboulmouna earned her Naturopathic Medical degree (ND) while simultaneously completing a Master of Science in Functional Nutrition. She began teaching graduate and undergraduate Nutrition at

  nancya@american.edu

Lynne Arneson Director, Premedical Program 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 i

  larneso@american.edu

  (202) 885-2186

Celeste Davis Professorial Lecturer CAS - Health Studies

“There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’” — Howard Thurman Celeste is an educator, activist, and engagement p

  cdavis@american.edu

  (202) 885-1568

Ashley Lima Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Ashley C. Lima is a Health Scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of State where she leads the Guidance and Data Use Pod. She also leads surv

  alima@american.edu

Joanne Roberts Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Joanne Roberts is an exercise physiologist with over 25 years of experience in wellness, fitness, and performance. Her extensive work in health promotion, wellness, fitness, and performance physio

  joanner@american.edu

Taylor Schwartz Adjunct Instructor

Taylor Schwartz received his BA in Community Health and American Studies from Tufts University. He also received his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from Tufts University Schoo

  tschwartz@american.edu

Pleasance Silicki Adjunct Instructor

Pleasance is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Holistic Health Coach, Author, Death Doula, Inner Voice Guide, Mind- Body Skills Facilitator and Adjunct Faculty at The American University and Maryland

  psilicki@american.edu

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

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