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. She is a licensed psychologist with research interests related to 1) the prevention and treat

  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 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, Lif

  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 brings over a decade of experience in the application of p

  mhawkins@american.edu

  (202) 885-6252

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 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 Assistant Professor CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Ethan Mereish is an Assistant 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

Amy Trietiak Instructor CAS - Health Studies

Amy Trietiak is an Instructor with the Department of Health Studies. Her interests lie at the intersection of health, human behavior, and education. She has more than 10 years of management and progra

  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

Jessica 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

Research and Program Staff

Adjunct Faculty

  • David Ambrose - Thai Boxing and Conditioning; Five Components of Fitness
  • Garland Bartlett - Swimming 
  • Robert Beahm - Principles and Techniques of Weight Training 
  • Barbara Bernstein - Salsa Dancing 
  • Stefanie Bloom - Multicultural Health 
  • Bridget Bowers - Walking and Jogging; Cross Training 
  • Roger Brown - Golf 
  • Robin Carl - Group Aerobic Fitness
  • Feon Cheng - Nutrition Epidemiology and Research Methods 
  • Alison Chrisler - Multicultural Health 
  • Samantha Cohn - Dance Fitness 
  • Kami Cooper - Introduction to Human Health/Disease 
  • Sarah Emami - Programming for Health Promotion 
  • Dorelle Engel - Introduction to Nutrition 
  • Alicia Fodera - First Aid, CPR, and Medical Emergency
  • Sean Foster - Principles and Techniques of Weight Training 
  • John Garrett - Tennis
  • Tracy Gensler - Strategies for Weight Control 
  • Michael Gurevitz (National Diving Center) - Scuba
  • Katherine Haldeman - Strategies in Stress Management 
  • Neva Ingalls - Yoga 
  • Jennifer Johnson - Urban Hiking 
  • Jo-Ann Jolly - Life Cycle Nutrition 
  • Christine Ju - Introduction to Nutrition 
  • Sarah Katz - Volleyball
  • Nancy Katz - Health in the School Environment 
  • Rose Kehoe - Aquatic Fitness; Lifetime Health and Fitness 
  • Leslie Knibb - Introduction to Nutrition 
  • Christine Layton - Introduction to Infectious Disease 
  • Monica Lovett-Groat - Cross Training 
  • Stephanie Mull - Sports Nutrition
  • Anthony Panzera - Health Communication; Behavior Change in Health Promotion 
  • Brigid Rauch - Yoga
  • Phil Reuer - Cross Training 
  • Aimee Richardson - Issues in Women's Health
  • Anne Roberts - Personal Defense
  • James Roberts - Martial Arts
  • Joanne Roberts - Applied Human Physiology and Testing I & II
  • Jill Robinson - Strategies in Stress Management 
  • Andie Rowe - Health Communication 
  • Alexandre Rykij - Fencing
  • Nan Smith - Introduction to Nutrition 
  • Margaret Sollee - Introduction to Nutrition 
  • Allison Tepper - Nutrition for Health; Vitamins and Minerals 
  • Jessica Yamamoto - Introduction to Nutrition 

Affiliate Faculty

  • Monica Jackson

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

Joint Faculty

  • Jeffrey Kaplan