Faculty Affiliates

Lerner Center Research Affiliates comprise an interdisciplinary group of scholars whose high-impact applied research demonstrates a commitment to improving community and population health.

Kevin Antshel

Professor Kevin Antshel

Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training 

Research specialties: ADHD, developmental psychopathology, and psycho-social treatment development

Email Dr. Antshel: kmantshe@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Dessa Bergen-Cico

Professor Dessa Bergen-Cico

Professor, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; Public Health Coordinator, Addiction Studies Program

Research Specialties: Alcohol, drugs, and addictive behaviors; traumatic stress; mindfulness; violence and health

Email Dr. Bergen-Cico: dkbergen@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Rachel E. Fabi

Professor Rachel Fabi

Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at Upstate Medical University

Research Specialties: immigrant and refugee health; public health ethics; state and federal health policy

Email Dr. Fabi: fabir@upstate.edu and see faculty page.

Margaret K. Formica

Professor Margaret Formica

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Upstate Medical University 

Research Specialties: firearm violence and prevention; epidemiological methods; treatment choices and health outcomes among cancer patients

Email Dr. Formica: formicam@upstate.edu and see faculty page.

Rashmi Gangamma

Associate Professor Rashmi Gangamma

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy; David B. Falk College of Human Sport and Dynamics

Research specialties: mental health in refugee and immigrant families; culturally responsive, trauma-informed interventions; family therapy theory development

Email Dr. Gangamma: rgangamm@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Catherine Garcia

Assistant Professor Catherine Garcia

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University

Research specialties: aging and the life course, minority aging and health, social determinants of health, health disparities, biodemography

Email Dr. Garcia: cgarci24@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Marc A. Garcia

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University

Research specialties: aging and the life course, minority and immigrant health, social demography

Email Dr. Garcia: mgarci49@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Sarah Hamersma

Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Research Specialties: Medicaid, child health, birth outcomes, food insecurity

Email Dr. Hamersma: sehamers@maxwell.syr.edu and see faculty page.

Madonna Harrington Meyer

University Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence

Research Specialties: Grandparenting; Food insecurity among the elderly; Gender, race, and US old age policy

Email Dr. Harrington Meyer: mhm@maxwell.syr.edu and see faculty page.

Kevin S. Heffernan

professor kevin heffernan

Dean’s Associate Professor of Exercise Science, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Research Specialties: exercise; vascular physiology; cardiovascular disease risk; aging; health disparities

Email Dr. Heffernan: ksheffer@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Colleen Heflin

Colleen Heflin Portrait

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Research Specialties: social determinants of health, food and nutrition policy, and health consequences of participation in the social safety net

Email Dr. Heflin: cmheflin@maxwell.syr.edu and see faculty page.

Bryce Hruska

Dr. Bryce Hruska

Assistant Professor of Public Health, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Research Specialties: Traumatic events, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress and health, and occupational stress

Email Dr. Hruska: bjhruska@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Jennifer Karas Montez

Professor Jennifer Karas Montez

Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar of Aging Studies

Research Specialties: social demography, social determinants of health, women’s health, spatial patterns and trends in mortality

Email Dr. Karas Montez: jmontez@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Scott Landes

Assistant Professor Scott Landes

Associate Professor of Sociology; Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Research specialties: disability, Veterans, mortality, aging and the life course

Email Dr. Landes: sdlandes@maxwell.syr.edu and see faculty page.

Andrew London

Associate Dean and Professor Andrew London

Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Research Specialties: social demography; sociology of health and health care; aging and the life course; veterans’ health; HIV/AIDS; sexuality studies

Email Dr. London: anlondon@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Len Lopoo

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Director, Center for Policy Research; Director, Maxwell X Lab

Research Specialties: child and family policy, behavioral economics, demography, evaluation

Email Dr. Lopoo: lmlopoo@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Assistant Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Associate Professor of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition
Food Studies Program; David B. Falk College of Human Sport and Dynamics

Research Specialties: race, labor, and immigration in the food system; agricultural politics and policy

Email Dr. Minkoff-Zern: lminkoff@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Shannon Monnat

Associate Professor Shannon Monnat

Associate Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion

Research Specialties: social demography; social determinants of health; rural health; geographic trends in health and mortality; opioids and other diseases and deaths of despair

Email Dr. Monnat: smmonnat@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Miriam Mutambudzi

Assistant Professor of Public Health, David B. Falk College of Human Sport and Dynamics

Research Specialities: morbidity, disability, and mortality in vulnerable populations and older adults; work related outcomes; chronic disease; life course epidemiology; aging related health outcomes; health disparities; and social determinants of health

Email Dr. Mutambudzi: msmutamb@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Danielle Rhubart

Danielle Rhubart, Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Rural health, health disparities, structural determinants of health, social demography, and spatial inequality.

Email Dr. Rhubart: dcr185@psu.edu and see faculty page

Amy Ellen Schwartz

Professor Amy Schwarz

Professor of Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs; Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Research Specialties: public economics; health economics; school food policy; childhood obesity

Email Dr. Schwartz: amyschwartz@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Samantha Trajkovski

Postdoctoral Scholar Samantha Trajkovski

Postdoctoral Scholar, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Research Specialties: labor economics; school food policy; family policy; early childhood health

Email Dr. Trajkovski: setrajko@maxwell.syr.edu and see staff page.

Bhavneet Walia

Assistant Professor Bhavneet Walia

Assistant Professor of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition; David B. Falk College of Human Sport and Dynamics

Research Specialties: health economics; econometric methodology; early childhood intervention; agricultural labor policy; refugee intervention programs

Email Dr. Walia: bwalia@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Janet M. Wilmoth

Professor Janet Wilmoth

Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Director, Aging Studies Institute

Research Specialties: demography of aging; migration and living arrangements; social support; health status

Email Dr. Wilmoth: jwilmoth@syr.edu and see faculty page.

Douglas A. Wolf

Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies

Research Specialties: late-life disability and active life expectancy; family caregiving patterns and their consequences; policy and programmatic influences on health and well-being

Email Dr. Wolf: dawolf@syr.edu and see faculty page.