Raymond S Niaura

Interim Chair of the Department of Epidemiology
Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Raymond Niaura studies the biobehavioral substrates of tobacco dependence, including factors that influence adolescent and early adult tobacco use trajectories.

Kamyar Arasteh

Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Kamyar Arasteh’s research concerns the epidemiology of HIV infection and hepatitis, and the associated sexual and drug use risk factors.

Joshua Epstein

Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Joshua M. Epstein is a world-renowned pioneer of agent-based modeling, and has applied it to a staggering array of problems in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Robyn Gershon

Clinical Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Robyn Gershon is an occupational and environmental health researcher with experience in disaster preparedness, healthcare safety, and risk assessment and management in high-risk work occupations.

Erez Hatna

Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Erez Hatna researches geoinformatics, spatial analysis, agent-based modeling, and urban systems and dynamics.

Emily Goldmann

Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Emily Goldmann is a social epidemiologist who seeks to contextualize and understand the causes and consequences of mental health illness across populations and the varying aspects of life.

Don Des Jarlais

Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Don Des Jarlais is a leader in the fields of AIDS and injecting drug use, and has published extensively on these topics in many different countries.

Farzana Kapadia

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Epidemiology
Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Kapadia is an epidemiologist studying the social and structural drivers of HIV/STIs as well as sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

Courtney A McKnight

Clinical Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Courtney McKnight is a Principal Investigator specializing in mixed methods research focused on the epidemiology of drug use, opioid overdose, HIV and HCV infection.

Danielle C Ompad

Associate Dean for Education
Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Danielle Ompad is an epidemiologist whose work is focused in the areas of urban health, HIV, illicit drug use, and adult access to vaccines.

Secondary Faculty

Mari Armstrong-Hough

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Mari Armstrong-Hough is Assistant Professor of Global Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Rumi Chunara

Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Tandon

Dr. Chunara's research focuses on the design and development of machine learning as well as other statistical methods to address challenges related to data and goals of public health.

Andrea L Deierlein

Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition

Dr. Andrea Deierlein is a nutritional and reproductive epidemiologist who studies dietary and environmental determinant of obesity and metabolic health-related outcomes.

Melody Goodman

Associate Dean for Research
Associate Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Melody Goodman researches social risk factors that contribute to health disparities among underserved communities in urban areas and develops culturally competent and evidence-based solutions.

Holly Hagan


Dr. Hagan’s research has examined blood-borne and sexually-transmitted infections among people who use drugs, and her work has sought to understand the causes and consequences of substance use disorders.

Thomas Kirchner

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Kirchner uses mobile and GIS technologies to study the way neighborhood risk and protective factors affect health-related behavior and decision making in real-world contexts.

Joyce A O'Connor

Director of Public Health Nutrition
Director of Advanced Certificate in Public Health
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition

Dr. Joyce O'Connor has developed and implemented community based programs aimed at eliminating health disparities and providing access to preventive services for populations with limited access.

Niyati Parekh

Professor of Public Health Nutrition
Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Initiatives, Office of the Provost

Dr. Niyati Parekh studies and teaches nutrition epidemiology and chronic diseases, specifically she researches the correlations between diet, physical activity, obesity, and cancer.

Nina S Parikh

Clinical Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Nina Parikh examines social, psychosocial, and cultural factors impacting ethnic-racial populations and developing strategies that mitigate inequities among the uninsured, immigrants, and elderly.

Lawrence H Yang

Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Director, Global Center for Implementation Science
Founding Director, Global Mental Health and Stigma Program

Dr. Larry Yang explores global mental health and how culture relates to stigma, in order to implement interventions that improve recovery from stigmatizing conditions, such as mental illness and HIV.


Christiana Coyle

Dr. Christiana Coyle's research interests include infectious disease surveillance and emergency management. Prior to NYU, she was a Tribal Health Epidemiologist with the CDC Foundation.

Judith Weissman

Dr. Judith Weissman's research interests include social epidemiology, health services disparities, and mental health trends using large national data sets. Prior to NYU, she was an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Global Public Health and Tandon School of Engineering. She is also a lawyer and former prosecutor who has advised researchers about the interface between law and gun violence.

       Adjunct Faculty

  • Amelia Boehme, PhD, MSPH
  • Daniel Hagen, MPH
  • Dennis Hilgendorf, MPH
  • Abbey Jones, MPH
  • John Meade, MPH
  • Adwoa Nantwi, MPH
  • Jessica Randazzo, MS
  • Simon Sandh, MPH
  • Benjamin Search, MPH
  • Eva Siegel, MPH
  • Mahathi Vojjala, MPH


Cynthia Fraser

Administrative Aide

Justin Lebron

Administrative Aide

Rachael Parenta

Program Administrator