Perry N. Halkitis Appointed Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health

To the RBHS Community:

I am delighted to announce that Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, has been chosen to be the dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Health. Dr. Halkitis is a professor of global public health, applied psychology, and medicine at NYU, where he has focused a significant amount of his research on HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and mental health disease and how they are impacted by psychiatric and psychosocial factors. Dr. Halkitis also now serves as senior associate dean of the New York University (NYU) College of Global Public Health, director of NYU’s Center for Health, Identity, and Behavior and Prevention Studies, and interim chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the College of Global Public Health. As senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at the NYU College of Global Public Health, Dr. Halkitis manages the academic portfolio of the college and administers the curriculum; directs faculty appointments and hiring; and participates in the college’s and university’s fund-raising efforts. He was NYU’s inaugural associate dean for research and doctoral studies from 2005 to 2013 and earlier chaired the NYU Department of Applied Psychology.

Dr. Halkitis has outstanding experience, which includes a broad range of significant achievements as an academic leader in public health and as a leader in bio-behavioral, psychological, and public health research. I am confident that his expertise and skills and his dedication to public education, research, and pedagogy, will significantly contribute to the School of Public Health’s progress in becoming one of the nation’s strongest public health schools.

Dr. Halkitis is a member of the New York University Clinical and Translational Science Instituteand the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at the NYU College of Nursing. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Public Health Association, the Generations Project, and HIV League. His current research activities include a longitudinal investigation delineating the risk and resiliencies of young gay and bisexual men as they emerge into adulthood; a mixed study of examining how young gay men relate to heath care as they transition from adolescence to young adulthood and how this in influenced by their sexual orientation; a study of HPV vaccination and infection; and a cross-sectional study of the health and resilience of HIV-positive men and women over age 50 undertaken with The Spencer Cox Health Center at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

His book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, published in 2013, received the Distinguished Book Award in the field of LGBT psychology from the American Psychological Association and was Lambda Literary Award nominee. Halkitis is editor-in-chief of the journal Behavioral Medicine, serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Dr. Halkitis is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations. He is an elected a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, and in four divisions of the American Psychological Association, and is a member of the Nationswell Council.

Dr. Halkitis earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University. At the City University of New York, he earned master’s degrees in education, educational psychology and public health, and a doctorate in educational and psychological research.

We anticipate that Dr. Halkitis will formally join Rutgers in August, 2017.

I also want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Cristine Delnevo, PhD, MPH for her service as Interim Dean of the School of Public Health. Dr. Delnevo provided welcome leadership, maintained the school’s positive trajectory, and shepherded a number of key recruitments during this transition period. She will be returning to her position as Chair and Professor of the Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science.

In addition, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Alfred Tallia, and the committee members for their exhaustive work in evaluating the many outstanding candidates for this position. The members of the search committee are listed below.


Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

School of Public Health Dean Search Committee

  • Jeffrey Carson, MD
  • Patrick Clifford, PhD
  • Kitaw Demissie, MD, PhD
  • Tobias Gerhard, PhD, FISPE
  • Daniel Hoffman, PhD
  • Shawna Hudson, PhD
  • Sharon Manne, PhD
  • Alan Monheit, PhD
  • Pamela Ohman Strickland, PhD, MS
  • Marian Passannante, PhD
  • Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH
  • George Rhoads, MD, MPH
  • Stephan Schwander, MD, PhD
  • Alfred Tallia, MD, MPH