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John P. Allegrante

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.S., State University of New York, Cortland; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois

Scholarly Interests

Health behavior, disease self-management, and health outcomes in chronic disease. Health education in schools and patient-care settings. Health promotion policy. Interdisciplinary applied behavioral research in clinical epidemiology and health services research. Global health promotion and health education workforce development and capacity.

Selected Publications

Kristjansson, A.L., Sigfusson, J., Sigfusdottir, I.D., & Allegrante, J.P. (2013). Data collection procedures for school-based surveys among adolescents:  The Youth in Europe Study. Jounral of School Health, 83, 662-667.

Allegrante, J.P , & Livingood, W.C. (2013). IOM report redefines assessment of community-based prevention. Health Education & Behavior, 40, 3-5.  

Peterson, J.C., Charlson, M.E., Hoffman, Z., Wells, M., Wong, S.C., Hollenberg, J., Jobe, J., Boschert, K., Isen, A., & Allegrante, J.P. (2012). Positive affect induction increases physical activity in percutaneous coronary intervention patients. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172, 329-336.

Schoenthaler, A., Allegrante, J.P., Chaplin, W., & Ogedegbe G. (2012). The effect of patient-provider communication on medication adherence in hypertensive black patients: Does race concordance matter? Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print].

Green, L.W., & Allegrante, J.P. (2011). Healthy People 1980-2020: Raising the ante decennially or just the name from public health education to health promotion to social determinants? Health Education & Behavior, 38, 558-562.

Livingood, W., Allegrante, J.P., Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Clark, N.M., Windsor, R.C., Zimmerman, M.A., & Green, L.W. (2011). Applied social and behavioral science to address complex health problems. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41, 525-531.

Eidsdottir, S.T., Kristjansson, A.L., Sigfustottir, I.D., Garber, C.E., & Allegrante, J.P. (2010). Trends in body mass index among Icelandic adolescents and young adults from 1992 to 2007. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7, 2191-2207.

Kristjansson, A.L., James, J.E., Allegrante, J.P., Sigfusdottir, I.D., & Helgason, AR. (2010). Adolescent substance use, parental monitoring, and leisure-time activities: 12-year outcomes of primary prevention in Iceland. Preventive Medicine, 51,168-171.

Allegrante, J.P., Barry, M.M., Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Auld, M.E., Collins, J.L., Lamarre, M.-C., Magnusson, G., McQueen, D.V., & Mittelmark, M.B., On Behalf of the Galway Consensus Conference. (2009). Domains of core competency, standards, and quality assurance for building global capacity in health promotion: The Galway Consensus Conference. Health Education & Behavior, 36, 476-482.

Allegrante, J.P., Barry, M.M., Auld, M.E., Lamarre, M.-C., & Taub, A. (2009). Toward international collaboration on credentialing in health promotion and health education:  The Galway Consensus Conference. Health Education & Behavior, 36, 427-438.

Allegrante, J.P., Peterson, J.C., Boutin-Foster, C., Ogedegbe, G., & Charlson, M.E. (2008). Multiple health-risk behavior in a chronic disease population:  What behaviors do people choose to change?  Preventive Medicine, 46, 247-251.

Eidsdottir, S.T., Kristjansson, A.L., Sigfusdottir, I.D., & Allegrante, J.P. (2008). Trends in physical activity and participation in sports clubs among Icelandic adolescents.  European Journal of Public Health, 18, 289-293.





biographical information

John Allegrante is the senior Professor of Health Education and Associate Vice President for International Affairs at Teachers College, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1979 and has served as Chair of the Department of Health and Behavior Studies and Deputy Provost of the College. As Associate Vice President for International Affairs, he is responsible for directing the College's efforts to advance and support the work of faculty internationally with global partners, including universities, ministries, and NGOs, to build local capacity and to expand professional development, technical assistance, and applied research collaborations in the fields of education, psychology, and health. He holds a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.

Professor Allegrante has had over 25 years of continuous funding from the NIH to develop and evaluate novel behavioral intervention approaches to improve self-management and health outcomes in people with chronic disease. He has produced an extensive bibliography of published papers in health education and health promotion and in clinical epidemiology and health services research, a substantial corpus of which has illuminated a transdisciplinary understanding of how to facilitate adherence to and maintenance of behavioral change in people with chronic diseases. As President of the Society for Public Health Education, he was instrumental in organizing a Coalition of National Health Education Organizations to launch the first National Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, in 1999, which now annually focuses on supporting budget appropriations for the CDC. Allegrante has also been in the vanguard of education and professional preparation issues and workforce development in public health, leading efforts to establish a unified system of accreditation for professional preparation programs in the United States and to develop global consensus on domains of core competencies in global health promotion that are now being implemented across the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.

Allegrante was a W. K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow from 1985 to 1988 and a Pew Health Policy Fellow at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study from 1987 to 1988. A Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, Allegrante received the Distinguished Career Award in Public Health Education and Health Promotion from the American Public Health Association in 2003. In 2010, he was named the Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior, the flagship research journal of the Society for Public Health Education.

In 2005, Allegrante was named a Fulbright Specialist in Public/Global Health and developed a program of collaborative research with Icelandic colleagues on risks and protective factors in child and adolescent health. He returned to Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar in 2007 and is currently a senior collaborating investigator on a life course study of healthy child and adolescent development. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Reykjavik University and as a policy advisor to Iceland's Ministry of Health and its Public Health Institute. Professor Allegrante continues to promote exchanges of scientists, scholars, and students from Iceland and other countries with Columbia and other American universities in his role as the Teachers College Fulbright Program Advisor and Campus Representative and as a recently appointed Fulbright Ambassador.

Allegrante served as the co-chair of the Galway Consensus Conference on International Collaboration on Credentialing in Health Promotion and Health Education from 2008 to 2010. In 2009, he was named an International Scholar in the Soros Open Society Foundations Academic Fellowship Program and has been a member of the International Higher Education Support Program in Central Asia, where he has been assisting the Kazakhstan School of Public Health with curriculum and faculty development, capacity-building, and mentoring of junior scholars. The European Public Health Programme named him an Erasmus Scholar at the Ecole Des Hautes Etudes En Sante Publique (ESEHP School of Public Health), Rennes and Paris, France, where he will be in residence during the summer of 2013 and 2014.

In addition to being a member of the Society for Public Health Education and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, he is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, an elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and a Globally Elected Member of the Executive Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education. In 2013, he was appointed by DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the Board of Scientific Counselors, a Federal Advisory Committee that advices the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HBSS 4100: Behavior & Social Science Foundations of Health Education

Determinants of health; relationship between health and human behavior; the role of health education as a strategy in health promotion and disease prevention; selected issues and problems.

HBSS 4112: Social policy and prevention

Analysis of current national health policy, its social, economic, and political determinants, and implications for health education.

HBSS 4901: Research and independent study in health education

Permission required. Research and independent study under faculty direction. Proposals must have prior approval of a faculty member.

HBSS 5408: Practicum in individual health advisement

Individual and small group practice in the application of basic principles of counseling in the area of health problems.

HBSS 5410: Practicum in health education

Permission required. Advance registration required in the semester prior to taking the course. Intensive field experience in a community setting. Essay required at end of field experience.

HBSS 6510: Research seminar in health education

Permission required. Review of research literature, methods, and problems in health education.

HBSS 6901: Research and independent study in health education

Permission required. Open to matriculated doctoral students. Research and independent study under faculty direction. Proposals must have prior approval of a faculty member.

HBSS 7501: Dissertation seminar in health education

Permission required. Open to certified doctoral candidates only. Development and presentation of doctoral dissertation proposals.

John P. Allegrante appeared in the following articles:

You Can Lead Health Workers to Water... (9/19/2013)

Taking The Pulse Of The Community (6/27/2013)

TC's Allegrante Named to Federal Health Advisory Board (3/28/2013)

2012 Year in Review (2/20/2013)

Colloquium Speaker to Examine the Role of Children in an Aging Society (1/22/2013)

A Different Kind of Health Insurance (12/7/2012)

President's Letter (12/7/2012)

The Power of Positive Patients (12/7/2012)

The Psychological Impact of Spirituality (11/21/2012)

Study Pinpoints Just How Much Exercise Is Good for Mental Health (11/4/2012)

Thinking Small (5/14/2012)

Connecting Communities Online (5/10/2012)

International Conference Will Examine Issues of Validity, Educational Assessment, Equity and Accountability (3/14/2012)

Positive Attitude Can Benefit Patients with Chronic Disease (1/30/2012)

Bringing TC Together (12/20/2011)

Improving Health Will Take a Village (12/20/2011)

Columbia and TC Cited for Fulbright Excellence (11/8/2011)

Gut Check: Can the U.S. Meet a Public Health Challenge More Complex Than Smoking? (11/3/2011)

What Good Is It Sitting Alone in Your Room? (7/6/2011)

Study by TCs Research Center for Arts and Culture Finds Aging Performers "Still Kicking" (6/16/2011)

Research Center for Arts and Culture, Long Based at TC, Will Join the National Center for Creative Aging (6/13/2011)

TC Hosts Global Meeting on Health Promotion (6/6/2011)

TC Campus News (5/20/2011)

2010: The Year in review (5/11/2011)

Policy Highlights (5/11/2011)

Seven Alumni Honored at 2011 Academic Festival (5/4/2011)

New Colloquium Series Examines The Relationship of Mind and Body to Health, Education, and Society (3/22/2011)

Employee News (2/11/2011)

Staffing News (12/17/2010)

In Opinion Piece, TC's Allegrante Defends Academic Freedom (8/20/2010)

Changing the Paradigm in Obesity Studies (6/24/2010)

Thirty Years of 'Making Something from Nothing' (6/23/2010)

Chatterji Part of Prestigious Committee Recommending Major Change in Thinking About Obesity Studies (5/3/2010)

A Letter From the President (4/1/2010)

Learning to educate the lawmakers (4/1/2010)

A Big Idea Kind of Guy (10/29/2009)

Mmm, Mmm Good! (6/22/2009)

The Global Challenge of Improving Population Health (6/15/2009)

Setting New Standards for Global Health Promotion and Health Education (5/15/2009)

Dining Across Disciplines (4/29/2009)

The Fulbright Experience: John Allegrante (4/1/2009)

Talking Chairs (12/23/2008)

Welcoming a friend (10/13/2008)

Taking TC on the Road (9/24/2008)

An Icelandic Connection: Teachers College and Reykjavik University (8/4/2008)

Blog from the North Atlantic: Allegrante in Iceland (12/6/2007)

Does Phys Ed Really Matter? (5/8/2007)

Weighing In on Our Unfit Youth (9/26/2006)

Following the Leader (9/18/2006)

Plain Speaking on Health (4/7/2006)

Faculty Notes (9/7/2005)

In Brief (3/23/2005)

Unfit to Learn (12/6/2004)

Ideas in Print (6/1/2004)

Power Lunch (6/1/2004)

Mayhew Derryberry Revisited (3/30/2004)

Shaping the Public Debate on Education (8/1/2003)

TC at National Health Education Advocacy Summit (3/1/2003)

Allegrante Joins Clinical Trials for Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (2/1/2003)

In Brief (11/1/2002)

Allegrante Appears Before Congress to Advance Health Education (6/1/2002)

In Brief (7:8) (5/1/2002)

Faculty Briefs (7:5) (2/1/2002)

Young Women Are Not Adhering to Osteoporosis Prevention Programs (1/1/2002)

Faculty Briefs (9/18/2001 6:08:57 PM)

Faculty Briefs (9/1/2001)

Inside TC Faculty Briefs (6:9) (6/1/2001)

TC Doctoral Student Receives Society for Public Health Education Fellowship (1/1/2001)

TC Represented at a Salzburg Seminar Special Session (1/1/2001)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

Allegrante is President of Society for Public Health Education (12/16/1997)

TC Communique Issue 1, Number 1 (9/1/1997)

$6 Million for Technology, Plant Improvements: From Fiber-Optic Cable to More (1/15/1997)

Health Talk for Teens (1/1/1900)

Setting New Standards for Global Health Promotion and Health Education (1/1/1900)

TC Expert Source Guide (1/1/1900)