ASPPH logo


Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Professor Honored for Excellence in Research

Dr. John Santelli, Mailman School professor and chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, received the Douglas Kirby award from the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (APPLE) for Excellence in Research.  The award is given annually to a researcher whose work evaluating interventions has helped improve sexual health, provided new insights that are critical to improving sex education programs, and advanced the field. Dr. Santelli is one of the nation’s leading researchers on adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

[Photo: Dr. John Santelli]

A staunch advocate for access to medically accurate sex education and high quality healthcare, Dr. Santelli’s research and related advocacy have helped bring about the federal government’s decision to reduce funding of abstinence-only programs and to direct funding instead to medically accurate teen pregnancy prevention programs. Dr. Santelli’s years of focused research have looked at trends in adolescent sexual behavior and use of contraception, the impact of different kinds of sex education on youth sexual behavior and contraceptive practices and state level refusal of federal abstinence-only funding, among other key issues.

Dr. Santelli is a member of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s advisory board for the Citywide Community Schools initiative. He also serves as a senior consultant for the Guttmacher Institute.

The award reception took place in Washington, DC during Planned Parenthood’s annual conference on Thursday, June 9.