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, University of Nebraska Lincoln

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

Email Dr. Garcia: catherinegarcia@unl.edu and see faculty page.

Marc A. Garcia

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska Lincoln

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

Email Dr. Garcia: marcagarcia@unl.edu.

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.

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.