John Allegrante


Dr. John Allegrante is Professor of Health Education at Columbia University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1979 and has served as Chairman of the Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Deputy Provost, and Associate Vice President for International Affairs at Teachers College.  He holds a joint appointment in Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia and is a member of the Faculty Steering Committee for the Columbia Global Center | Europe.  Professor Allegrante’s NIH-supported research has focused on behavioral self-management and health outcomes in people with chronic disease.  He has produced an extensive bibliography in health promotion and in clinical epidemiology and health services research, a substantial portion of which has illuminated a transdisciplinary understanding of how to facilitate clinically-relevant adherence to and maintenance of behavioral change.  Allegrante has also been in the vanguard of innovation in professional preparation and workforce development in public health education, 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 and Europe.  He currently collaborates with Icelandic behavioral and social scientists on a program of multidisciplinary research supported by a grant from the European Research Council that is investigating risks and protective factors in child and adolescent development.  Allegrante has been a W. K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and a Pew Health Policy Fellow at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study.  A Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, he has received both the Distinguished Career and Mayhew Derryberry awards in Public Health Education and Health Promotion from the American Public Health Association.  In addition to being an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Allegrante is a globally elected member of the Executive Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education.  His global work has been supported by two Fulbright awards, the Soros Open Society Foundations, and the Erasmus European Public Health Programme. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior, the flagship research journal of the Society for Public Health Education, and serves as a member of a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Allegrante received a B.S. with honors from the State University of New York and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.  He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York.