Shannon Monnat | Lerner Chair & Director
Shannon Monnat is the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and Lerner Center Director. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab at SU. Dr. Monnat is a rural sociologist, demographer, and population health scholar who conducts research on demographic and geographic trends and differences in heath and mortality, with a specific interest in rural health and health disparities. Her most recent research has focused on drug use and overdose, particularly trying to understand the factors that explain demographic and geographic differences in use and overdose rates. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed academic journal articles, book chapters, research briefs, and reports, and has presented her research to numerous public, academic, and policy audiences, including the United Nations, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, the Aspen Institute, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, and at Congressional briefings. Her research has been featured in several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic. Monnat teaches graduate courses in Demographic Processes and Health and Place and an undergraduate Introduction to Sociology course.
Alexandra Punch | Associate Director
Alexandra Punch received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University in 2012; where she is now pursuing her doctoral degree in law and public policy. Prior to working at Syracuse University, Alexandra served as the Director of Drug User Health at ACR Health. There, she focused on innovative treatment practices and community collaborations for addressing opioid dependence using the Harm Reduction model of care. Alexandra also worked at the Onondaga County Health Department as a Research Technician in the Bureau of Disease Control. She is the Chair of the Harm Reduction subcommittee for the Onondaga County Drug Task Force and a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the State Opioid Response (SOR) Network.
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Office phone number: 315-443-9343
Mary Kate Schutt | Assistant Director
Mary Kate Schutt earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from the State University of New York at Oswego. The focal point of Mary Kate’s work at SUNY Oswego was developing and delivering health-related outreach initiatives to students. This work has translated to her role as the Center’s Assistant Director, where she oversees the national public health initiative, Healthy Monday. She also serves as a research assistant in the Syracuse University Mind Body Lab. Her research interests broadly include the benefits of positive psychological and mindfulness interventions. Mary Kate’s passion lies in empowering others to improve their wellbeing through the teaching and application of positive psychology.
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Office phone number: 315-443-4526