John Allegrante

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Special Cass/ HSB/ Psychology joint seminar with Professor Dr John Allegrante of Columbia University
Cass Building, Room ED2.02 25 February, 12-1 pm

Professor Dr John Allegrante (pictured) will discuss what he and his colleagues have learnt through research about how understanding mind-brain-behaviour relationships can help improve the behavioural management of chronic diseases and promote health.

Dr Allegrante will describe work in two areas of research in which neuroscience is illuminating the effects of behaviour on both education and health-related outcomes and the implications for practice in health and human service professions.

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John Allegrante is the senior Professor of Health Education and Associate Vice President for International Affairs at Teachers College, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1979 and has served as Chair of the Department of Health and Behaviour Studies and Deputy Provost of the College. As Associate Vice President for International Affairs, he is responsible for directing the College’s efforts to advance and support the work of faculty internationally with global partners, including universities, ministries, and NGOs, to build local capacity and to expand professional development, technical assistance, and applied research collaborations in the fields of education, psychology, and health. He holds a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.

Professor Allegrante has had over 25 years of continuous funding from the NIH to develop and evaluate novel behavioural intervention approaches to improve self-management and health outcomes in people with chronic disease. He has produced an extensive bibliography of published papers in health education and health promotion and in clinical epidemiology and health services research, a substantial corpus of which has illuminated a transdisciplinary understanding of how to facilitate adherence to and maintenance of behavioural change in people with chronic diseases. As President of the Society for Public Health Education, he was instrumental in organizing a Coalition of National Health Education Organizations to launch the first National Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, in 1999, which now annually focuses on supporting budget appropriations for the CDC. Allegrante has also been in the vanguard of education and professional preparation issues and workforce development in public health, leading efforts to establish a unified system of accreditation for professional preparation programs in the United States and to develop global consensus on domains of core competencies in global health promotion that are now being implemented across the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. (

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