Allegrante, John P. (jpa1)

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Allegrante, John
Professor of Health Education
Fulbright Program Advisor and Campus Representative
Health & Behavior Studies

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Educational Background

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

Scholarly Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Abroms, L.C., Allegrante, J.P., Auld, M.E., Gold, R.S., Riley, W.T., & Smyser, J. (2019). Toward a common agenda for the public and private sectors to advance digital health communiction. American Journal of Public Health, 109, 221-223.

Allegrante, J.P., Wells, M.T., & Peterson, J.C. (2019). Interventions to support behavioral self-management of chronic diseases. Annual Review of Public Health, 40, 127-146.

Allegrante, J.P. (2018). Advancing the science of behavioral self-management of chronic disease. The arc of a research trajectory. Health Education & Behavior, 45, 6-13.

Rajan, S., Branas, C.C., Hargarten, S., & Allegrante, J.P. (2018). Funding for gun violence research is key to the health and safety of the nation. American Journal of Public Health, 108, 194-195.

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. 

Williams, N.J., Robbins, R., Rapoport, D., Allegrante, J.P., Cohall, A., Ogedgebe, G., & Jean-Louis, G. (2016). Tailored approach to sleep health education (TASHE): Study protocol for a web-based randomized controlled trial, Trials, 17, 585.

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, 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 & Behavior41, 349-358.

Allegrante, J.P., & Livingood, W.C. (2013). IOM report redefines assessment of community-based prevention. Health Education & Behavior40, 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 Health83, 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 Medicine172, 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, 43372-382.

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 & Behavior38, 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 Medicine41, 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 Health7, 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 Medicine51,168-171.

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 & Behavior36, 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 & Behavior36, 427-438.

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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 joint appointments 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 Council for European Studies at Columbia University.

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 investigate new approaches to understanding, predicting, and intervening on the barriers and facilitators of behavioral self-management of chronic diseases. His scholarship has contributed to illuminating a transdisciplinary understanding of adherence as well as enhanced behavioral intervention approaches that have informed evidence-based clinical practice and resulted in improved behavioral self-management and health outcomes in the context of patient-centered managed care.

A Past President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, he was instrumental in organizing the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations to launch the first annual National Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, which has focused for over 20 years on supporting budget appropriations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and advocacy training. Professor Allegrante has also written extensively about epistemological, theoretical, and methodological issues, as well as research-to-practice translation, in the science of health promotion, and has been in the vanguard of innovation in professional preparation and workforce development in public health education. He played 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 have been codified in the guidelines and criteria of the Council on Education for Public Health and provide a basis for the European Health Education Accreditation System.

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 a life course study of child and adolescent development. A former Fulbright Ambassador, 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.

Allegrante initiated the Galway Consensus Conference on International Collaboration on Credentialing in Health Promotion and Health Education, co-chairing its work from 2008 to 2010. He became an International Scholar in the Soros Open Society Foundations Academic Fellowship Program and member of the International Higher Education Support Program in Central Asia that assisted the Kazakhstan School of Public Health with curriculum and faculty development, capacity-building, and mentoring of junior scholars from 2009 to 2013. The Europubhealth Programme named him an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP), Rennes and Paris, France, where he taught during the summers of 2013 and 2014. He currently co-leads a broad range of Columbia and European scholars on development of the Anxiety Culture Project, a collaborative international research effort that is bringing global scholars in the humanities, sciences, and the behavioral and social sciences together to study and conceptualize how cultural anxiety can be better understood in the context of the pressing planetary challenges of climate change, population health, migration, and technology.

Allegrante is an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of One To World and 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. A former Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior, the flagship research journal of the Society for Public Health Education, he is the founding co-chair of the annual Digital Health Promotion Executive Leadership Summit, which brings together in Washington, DC, leading thinkers in the global digital world from the academic, industry, and government sectors to explore how social media and emerging communication technologies can be utilized more effectively to promote population health.

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.

Among the numerous honors and awards he has received, Allegrante 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.

Google Scholar Profile

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, 2012-17

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


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