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Rutgers Names New Dean

Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, has been named as the dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, the only accredited school of public health in New Jersey. Make no mistake about it, he’s putting the “public” back in “public health.”

[Photo: Dr. Perry N. Halkitis]

Dr. Halkitis was previously senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs of New York University’s College of Global Public Health, where he managed the academic portfolio of the college, directed faculty appointments and hiring, and coordinated the development and implementation of numerous new academic programs, including technology enhanced learning. Dr. Halkitis was also professor of global public health, applied psychology and medicine, and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU, where he has focused a significant amount of his research on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse, as well as the impact of psychiatric and psychosocial factors on mental health in marginalized racial, ethnic, and sexual minority populations.

The recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations, Dr. Halkitis is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Behavioral Medicine and four divisions of the American Psychological Association. In addition, Dr. Halkitis has authored several best-selling books and more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Dr. Brian L. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, announced the appointment in March. “Dr. Halkitis’s experience includes a broad range of outstanding achievements as an academic leader in public health and as a leader in bio-behavioral, psychological and public health research,” Dr. Strom said. “I am confident that his expertise, skills, and dedication to public education, research, and instruction will contribute significantly to the Rutgers School of Public Health’s progress in becoming one of the nation’s strongest public health schools.”

In his new position, Dr. Halkitis hopes to elevate the Rutgers School of Public Health through a burgeoning and well respected research portfolio and state-of-the-art academic programs, including a concentration in Urban Public Health to be housed in the School’s Newark location, and new certificates in LGBTQ, Maternal and Child, and Population Health. “As dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health and in collaboration with my colleagues, I seek to lead the institution with one overriding goal – to become a highly regarded and respected school of public health recognized for its innovative and entrepreneurial research and academic programs rooted in multidisciplinary training that challenges conventions and enhances the health and well-being of the people of New Jersey, the United States, and the world, with a particular focus on the health of urban populations.” Dr. Halkitis also says, “our students are at the core of all of our School’s initiatives, as we develop the next generation of public health scholars, practitioners, and activists.”

Dr. Halkitis, the child of immigrants and a first generation scholar, possesses cross-disciplinary training, earning his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Columbia University, and his master’s degrees in education, psychology, and public health, and doctorate in quantitative methods from the City University of New York.

Dr. Halkitis began his tenure as dean August 1.

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