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B.S., State University of New York, Cortland; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois
Health behavior, behavioral 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.
Ragnarsdottir, L.D., Kristjansson, A.L., Thorisdottir, I.E., Allegrante, J.P., Valdimarsdottir, H., Gestsdottir, S., & Sigfusdottir, I.D. (2017). Cumulative risk over the early life course and its relations to academic achievement outcomes in childhood and early adolescence. Preventive Medicine, 96, 36-41.
Di Ruggiero, E., Potvin, L., Allegrante, J.P, Dawson, A., De Leeuw, E., Dunn, J.R., Franco, E., Frohlich, K.L., Geneau, R., Jackson, S., Kaufman, J.S., McLeroy, K.R., Morabia, A., Ridde, V., & Verweij, M. (2017). Ottawa Statement from the Sparking Solutions Summit on Population Health Intervention Research. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 107, e492-e496.
Livingood, W.C., Allegrante, J.P., & Green, L.W. (2016). Culture change from tobacco accommodation to intolerance: Time to connect the dots. Health Education & Behavior, 43, 133-138.
Sigfusdottir, I.D., Kristjansson, A.L., Thorlindsson, T., & Allegrante, J.P. (2016). Stress and adolescent well-being: The need for an interdisciplinary framework. Health Promotion International, May 6. pii: daw038. [Epub ahead of print].
Allegrante, J.P. (2015). Policy and environmental approaches in health promotion: What is the state of the evidence? Health Education & Behavior, 42 (1 Suppl), 5S-7S.
Friedberg, J.P., Rodriguez, M.A., Watsula, M., Lin, I., Wylie-Rosett, J., Allegrante, J.P., Lipsitz, S.R., & Natarajan, S. (2015). Effectiveness of a tailored behavioral intervention to improve hypertension control: Primary outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. Hypertension, 65, 440-446.
Charlson, M.E., Wells, M.T., Peterson, J.C., Boutin-Foster, C., Ogedegbe, G.O., Mancuso, C.A., Hollenberg, J.P., Allegrante, J.P., Jobe, J., & Isen, A.M. (2014). Mediators and moderators of behavior change in patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disease: The impact of positive affect and self-affirmation. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research, 4, 7-17.
Taub, A., Goekler, S., Auld, E., Birch, D., Muller, S., Wengert, D., & Allegrante, J.P. (2014). The changing landscape in accreditation of professional preparation programs for school health educators. Health Education & Behavior, 41, 349-358.
Allegrante, J.P , & Livingood, W.C. (2013). IOM report redefines assessment of community-based prevention. Health Education & Behavior, 40, 3-5.
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. Journal of School Health, 83, 662-667.
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, 43, 372-382.
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.
Ogedegbe, G., Chaplin, W., Schoenthaler, A., Statman, D., Berger D., Richardson, T., Phillips, E., Spencer, J., & Allegrante, J.P. (2008). A practice-based trial of motivational interviewing and adherence in hypertensive African Americans. American Journal of Hypertension, 21, 1137-1143.
John Allegrante is the senior Professor of Health Education at Teachers College, the graduate school of education, health and psychology at Columbia University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1979 and has served as Chairman of the Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Deputy Provost of the College, and Associate Vice President for International Affairs. He holds a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia, and is a member of the Faculty Steering Committee for the Columbia Global Centers|Paris.
Professor Allegrante has had over 25 years of continuous research funding from the National Institutes of Health – procured and conducted in collaboration with physician scientists at Columbia, Weill Cornell Medicine, and New York University – 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 contributed to illuminating 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 annual National Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, in 1999, which focused subsequently for 15 years on supporting budget appropriations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and advocacy training. Professor Allegrante has also been in the vanguard of innovation in professional preparation and workforce development in public health education, playing a pivotal role in leading efforts to establish a unified system of accreditation for professional preparation programs in the United States and to develop consensus on domains of core competencies, standards, and quality assurance in global health promotion that are now being implemented across the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.
With the support of awards from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Allegrante collaborated as a Fulbright Specialist in Public/Global Health from 2005 to 2010 and as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2007 with Icelandic behavioral and social scientists to develop a now ongoing program of multidisciplinary research currently funded by a grant from the European Research Council that is investigating risks and protective factors in child and adolescent development. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Reykjavik University, where he is now a visiting professor in the Department of Psychology and Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis, 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 as the Teachers College Fulbright Program Advisor and Campus Representative and as a 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 was a member of the International Higher Education Support Program in Central Asia, where for four years he assisted 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 Mundus Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP), Rennes and Paris, France, where he was in residence during the summers of 2013 and 2014 and where he continues to lecture. He was one of nine scholars from around the world who were selected to give the 2016 Kiel Week Distinguished Scholar Lecture at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany.
He is an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, as well as a globally elected member of the Executive Board and Vice President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, and a member of the Board of Directors of One To World. In addition, since 2011, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior, the flagship research journal of the Society for Public Health Education. In 2013, he was appointed by DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the Board of Scientific Counselors, a federal advisory committee that advises the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Allegrante received his baccalaureate degree with honors from the State University of New York College at Cortland in 1974. He earned the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1979. He 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.
He holds an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York and received the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Prize Award from the CDC Foundation in 2017.
Elizabeth Fries Health Education Prize Award, James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation and CDC Foundation, 2017
Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, 2016
Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, State University of New York, 2015
Mayhew Derryberry Award, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, American Public Health Association, 2015
Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2015
Erasmus Mundus Visiting Professor, Europubhealth Programme, 2013, 2014
Fulbright Ambassador, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 2012-present
International Scholar, Soros Open Society Foundations, 2009-13
Fulbright U.S. Scholar, 2007-08
Fellow, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 2006
Fulbright Specialist in Public/Global Health, 2005-10
SOPHE Trophy for Outstanding and Dedicated Service, Society for Public Health Education, 2005
Distinguished Career Award, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, American Public Health Association, 2003
Health Education Mentor Award, Society for Public Health Education, 2002
Distinguished Fellow Award, Society for Public Health Education, 1999
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine, 1985