Department of
Urban-Global Public Health
At Newark

CHAIR:

Jeffrey R. Backstrand, Associate Professor and Chair; primary at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration; Ph.D., Connecticut.
Research Interests: Anthropology; public health with focus on food and nutrition; urban health disparities.

PRIMARY FACULTY

Qiana L. Brown, Assistant Professor; primary at Rutgers School of Social Work.  Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.P.H., University of Alabama at Birmingham; M.S.W., University of Alabama, School of Social Work.
Research Interests:  Substance abuse epidemiology; examines the role of the social environment in shaping substance use and other behavioral health outcomes among women, youth, and families - with an emphasis on examining substance use among reproductive-age women.

Teri E. Lassiter, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Public Health Practice, Diversity and Inclusion; Fieldwork Coordinator; Ph.D., UMDNJ-School of Nursing; M.P.H., UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Violence prevention; health disparities; urban systems; prisoner reentry.
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Frank J. Thompson, Professor; primary at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration; Ph.D., M.A., California (Berkeley).
Research Interests: Health care policy; policy implementation; public personnel policy.

Gregg G. Van Ryzin, Associate Professor; primary at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration; Ph.D., CUNY.
Research Interests: Survey research; program outcomes in government and nonprofit sectors.

Pamela Valera; Assistant Professor. PhD, University of South Carolina; MSW, University of Michigan.
Research Interests: Cancer health disparities; cancer health outcomes in incarcerated populations; tobacco control; criminal justice and health.
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SECONDARY FACULTY

Jonathan M. Metsch, Adjunct Professor; Dr.P.H., North Carolina School of Public Health (Chapel Hill). Research Interests: Health care administration and policy.