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Alwyn T. Cohall

Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center

Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, Project STAY (Services To Assist Youth)

Dr. Alwyn Cohall is director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center, one of 33 national Prevention Research Centers established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build bridges between academia and vulnerable communities. Dr. Cohall's main areas of research interest include adolescent health; reproductive health; violence; access to healthcare, particularly for young men of color; and health communication/health promotion. In addition to his research interests, Dr. Cohall is board-certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine and has a private practice in adolescent health. Dr. Cohall serves as the director of Project Stay (Services to Assist Youth), which is a New York State Department of Health funded program that provides confidential health services to young people affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. He is also a consulting physician with the Young Men's Clinic (YMC), an innovative program that provides primary care services to this underserved and often neglected population.
Education & Training:

    MD, 1980, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

    BA, 1976, Wesleyan University

  • Member, Society for Adolescent Medicine
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American School Health Association
  • Member, Association Reproductive Health Care Professionals
  • Member, American Public Health Association & Member, American Medical Informatics Association & Member, National Medical Association
Honors and Awards:
  • 2005, American Academy of Pediatrics Founders Award for Community Leadership in Adolescent Health
  • 2005, HIV Leadership Award, TheBody.com
  • 2003, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • 2001, New York City Department of Health/Mailman School of Public Health Achievement Award
  • 1989, American Medical Association Award for Distinguished Service on behalf of America's Youth
New York City
    Project STAY
    1.Provision of medical and psychosocial services to high-risk and HIV-infected youth 2.Research being conducted on feasibility of community-based screening for STIs and HIV among high-risk youth 3.Research being conducted on a) computerized risk assessment of youth interested in HIV tested and b) development of modified approaches to conducting rapid HIV testing

    Creating Digital Partnerships for Health
    Multi-level research project being conducted in Harlem to determine current sources of health-information seeking among consumers, the availability of computer and internet resources (both home and community-based). Subsequently, using a participatory model, consumers will be involved in creating a community health information website portal, which will be used to enhance health promotion activities.

Selected Publications:
  • 15. Cohall A*, Cohall RM, Ellis JA, Vaughan R, Northridge ME, Watkins-Bryant G, Butcher J. More than heights and weights: What parents of Harlem adolescents want fro