Spring Cooper, PhD BS, is a social researcher with academic qualifications in public health, health promotion, and sexuality. Her academic background is in BioBehavioral Health, an interdisciplinary approach to health and prevention (http://bbh.hhdev.psu.edu/). Her PhD focused on the sexual health education implications of menstrual attitudes and knowledge among women of varying socio-economic status in the United States. After completing her PhD, she published a children's book related to her dissertation research.

Since graduating Dr Cooper traveled to Australia, to undertake a Postdoctoral Fellowship with The University of Sydney at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School. She then taught for three years in the Masters of HIV, STIs, and Sexual Health at The University of Sydney. She joined CUNY SPH in 2015.

Her current research interests are in adolescent sexual health, adolescent online and offline social networks, health promotion, health communication, and prevention of disease through behavior change and vaccination.

Marianne (Mimi) Fahs, PhD MPH, is an internationally recognized health economist and health services researcher. Her scholarly interests center on cost effective strategies to improve health, economic productivity, and quality of life.  She was the founding Research Director of the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College, where she led a team in multidisciplinary research examining neighborhood determinants of healthy aging; community-based interventions for prevention and control of diabetes and heart disease; and prevention of immigrant health disparities. Working with public policy and community-based leaders, she and her colleagues developed an evidence-based toolkit to help guide implementation of community-based chronic disease prevention and self-management programs. Prior to that she directed the Health Economics Division at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, where she pioneered the first cost-effectiveness analysis of cancer prevention strategies among US older women. Her findings contributed to Congressional passage of the first Medicare preventive benefit. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has served on numerous local, state, and national advisory committees, including scientific review committees for the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Professor Fahs teaches advanced research methods; policy analysis; and healthy urban aging: economic and policy issues, at the masters and doctoral levels.

William T. Gallo, PhD MBA MA, studies healthy aging by investigating the intersection of employment and well-being; the influence of the built environment; and the burden of informal caregiving. A labor/health economist with postdoctoral training in social epidemiology, Dr. Gallo has published more than 50 scientific articles in economics, public health, sociology, and medicine, which have informed federal policy and corporate labor practice. Formerly a Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Gallo is currently Professor of Health Policy and Management at the CUNY School of Public Health and Professor of Nursing at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Christian Grov, PhD MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Science. His research centers on the sexual health of sexual minority individuals, particularly gay and bisexual men. His work has explored substance use, sexual compulsivity, venues where individuals meet sex partners, and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). His studies have been funded by both the NIH and CDC, with much of this work being in collaboration with the Hunter College Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST). He is an editorial board member for AIDS and Behavior, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and the International Journal of Sexual Health. He has (co)authored over 100 publications including the book In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes (2011, Praeger). He is formerly a member of the NYC Department of Health’s HIV Prevention Planning Group as well as former board member the Board of Directors of HOOK, a non-profit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of men who are involved in sex work. In 2016, Dr. Grov became an affiliated faculty member with the new CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health (ISPH). Collectively, his body of work seeks to inform HIV and STI prevention, education and health policy.

Ashish Joshi, MD PhD MPH’s combined training in medicine, public health, and informatics provides unique opportunity to utilize innovatively technology enabled interventions at the intersection of clinical care and population health. He continues to pursue his career as an applied researcher, mentor, administrator, innovator and an entrepreneur and designs, develop, implement and evaluate Sustainable, Multisector, Accessible, Affordable, Reimbursable and Tailored technology (SMAART) interventions to address population health challenges of the 21st century. His research in the area of m-Health, surveillance, decision support tools, Consumer health informatics, health technology assessments, public health dashboards and sustainable development goals (SDGs) has been in diverse global settings including US, India, Haiti, Nigeria, Brazil, and Egypt. His research has been funded by various Federal agencies including NIH, AHRQ, US Department of Veteran Affairs, Fulbright, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ministry of Health Brazil, Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and New York State AIDS Society and other private foundations and industry. His recent collaboration with Digital India, Government of India has been to explore innovatively on how technology can be used to address SDGs. He has also developed fully online certificate and an executive program in population health informatics and just wrote the first text book on “Population Health Informatics: Driving Evidence Based Solutions into Practice” to be published by Jones Bartlett and will be available in fall 2017.  

Denis Nash, PhD MPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Executive Director of CUNY’s Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health (http://cunyisph.org). He has over 20 years of expertise in implementation science, and his research consistently generates new knowledge with clear programmatic and policy implications. His experience includes extensive domestic and international work in implementation science, comparative effectiveness research and large-scale epidemiologic studies examining key outcomes among persons with HIV.

Dr. Nash brings seasoned expertise in study design and methodological approaches to large-scale, ‘real-world’, research projects. Prior to joining CUNY, Dr. Nash was an EIS Officer and subsequently the Director of HIV/AIDS Surveillance, where he pioneered named reporting for HIV. He also worked at ICAP at Columbia University as the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Research, spearheading a multi-country initiative collecting routine medical records electronically.

Dr. Nash holds secondary faculty appointments in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Chris Palmedo, PhD MBA, is associate professor of media marketing, & communications in the department of Community Health and Social Sciences. His teaching focuses on community health, health communications, and social marketing. His professional experience includes serving as public affairs director for a health foundation and other health-related companies. Along with directing communications and government relations campaigns for nonprofit and for-profit organizations, he has worked with community health leaders to advocate for stronger and more equitable public health policies. Dr. Palmedo has previously taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in strategic communications, public affairs, social change leadership and social media. His research interests include exploring attitudes toward healthy beverage consumption and social marketing campaigns for college students. His current and past board service includes organizations dedicated to disenfranchised youth, health news reporting, social services, and hospital scheduling technology.

Diana Romero, PhD MA, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Social Sciences, at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (GSPHHP).  Prof. Romero directs the Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH) specialization at the CUNY GSPHHP.  She has a wide range of public health research interests including maternal, child, reproductive and sexual health and policy; social welfare policies related to the health of underserved and marginalized populations, including Latino, African American, poor and low-income populations; and, community-engaged research pertaining to health care access among underserved populations in NYC.  Prof. Romero teaches graduate courses in research methods, community health, and reproductive and sexual health policy.  She received her PhD and MA in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, and an MA in Scientific, Health and Environmental Reporting from New York University.

Gordon Shen, PhD SM, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy of the City University of New York. His research agenda is focused on the dissemination and implementation of health care management modalities in low- and middle-income countries. His research spans the areas of health care management, global mental health, organization theory, and international development. Prior to joining the faculty at CUNY, Gordon was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University School of Public Health based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2014. He was also a Fulbright-Fogarty Global Health Fellow based in Beijing, China from 2012 to 2013. Gordon received a Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California at Berkeley and an S.M. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Katarzyna Wyka, PhD MA’s expertise is the study design and statistical methods for public health research, with a focus on mental health statistics. Her collaborative work includes projects in mental and physical health consequences of trauma exposure, psychiatric disorders, chronic diseases, physical activity and nutrition.