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In the Department of Health and Behavior Studies

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Ed.D. Recipient: Dr. Howell Weschler

Dr. Howell Weschler, being congratulated by President Bill Clinton, is Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He supervises DASH’s three main surveillance systems—the Youth Risk Behavior System, School Health Policies and Programs Study; and, School Health Profiles. Prior to serving as director for DASH, Dr. Wechsler was the chief of the Research Application Branch in DASH and served as the division's obesity prevention specialist. Dr. Wechsler was the lead author of the CDC's “Guidelines for School Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating,” and also led the development of the “School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide.” Dr. Weschler enjoyed one of the highest honors any can have bestowed within Teachers College, Columbia University: he was selected as the academic year 2012-2013 Tisch scholar and delivered the Annual Tisch lecture—“Taking Action Now to Address the Missing Link in School Reform” (i.e. a focus on health).


M.A. Degree Recipient: Theresa Castillo, M.A. CHES (Ed.D. Student)

In Her Own Voice: TC provided me with the foundation essential for translating health research into practical application. The Master’s degree paved my way to work in multiple health care settings, ranging from the National Institutes of Health to rural health clinics in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. When I decided to return to school mid-career [14 years later], the doctoral program in Health Education offered the perfect opportunity to combine my diverse interests under the rubric of global health inequities. My interests in gender, health innovation and program sustainability have been well nurtured by TC’s commitment to interdisciplinary fields and to applied research. TC’s flexible environment and academic rigor have made going back to school an easy transition and invaluable experience


M.S. and Ed.D. Recipient: Dr. Nicholas Grosskpf

Dr. Grosskopf is Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education at York College, City University of New York. He has extensive experience: working in community health, specializing in HIV prevention and education with urban youth; in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health; with Hunter College's Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), and the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the New York City Department of Education.


Ed.D. Recipient: Dr. Nicole Harris-Hollingsworth, CHES

Dr. Harris-Hollingsworth is the Senior Director of Community & Population Health, where she oversees the creation and implementation of community and population health strategies, patient education systems, community based interventions, and eHealth and mHealth educational resource services for Montefiore Medical Center. For over twenty years, she has specialized in the development of community health programs designed specifically to create behavior change and increase knowledge in hard to reach populations—including regional school based programs, national reproductive health organizations and national child welfare organizations. She is President-Elect of the Public Health Association of New York City.


Ed.D. Recipient: Dr. Naa-Solo Tettey, MCHES, CPH

Dr. Tettey has served as a counselor at the New York Obesity and Nutrition Center at St. Luke’s Hospital, and public health researcher at Yale University on obesity prevention and reduction initiatives, including the New York City Calorie Posting campaign. She is the Coordinator of Cardiovascular Health Education and Community Outreach at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center, as well as adjunct professor of public health at Montclair State University and William Paterson University. She lectures widely about health disparities and cardiovascular health. She was selected as a Diversity Fellow by the State University of New York. Dr. Tettey also enjoyed being a Fellow with Professor Wallace’s Research Group on Disparities in Health (RGDH) while at TC. She graduated (second from left) with her cohort of Fellows of the RGDH in 2010.