The University at Albany SUNY School of Public Health announces the appointment of Dr. Mary Gallant as the associate dean for academic affairs. Dr. Gallant is associate professor and former chair of the School’s department of health policy, management and behavior and a faculty associate with the University’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities and the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis. Her research focuses on self care and health behaviors among older adults, psychosocial influences on chronic illness management, falls prevention, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions into public health practice. She teaches courses on health promotion program planning, public health and aging, and social and behavioral aspects of chronic illness. Dr. Gallant completed a postdoctoral fellowship in aging at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and has a PhD and MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan.