and: Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dr. John Santelli, Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who joined the School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2004.
Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, he served as the Chief of the Applied Sciences Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he directed CDC efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Dr. Santelli has conducted research on HIV/STD risk behaviors, programs to prevent STD/HIV/unintended pregnancy among adolescents and women, school-based health centers, clinical preventive services, and research ethics. He has been a national leader and advocate in ensuring that adolescents are appropriately included in health research. Dr. Santelli serves as a senior consultant for the Alan Guttmacher Institute and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Adolescent Health and AIDS Education and Prevention. In March 2012, Dr. Santelli was named President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).
Education & Training:
MPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1986
MD, Buffalo School of Medicine, 1982
Mailman School Affiliations:
Center for Community Health and Education
Chair, Science Board, American Public Health Association
Member, ACOG Committee on Adolescent Health
Honors and Awards:
Healthy Tenn Network, Researcher of the Year. 2009
James Virgil Peavy Workforce Development Award. 2005
Outstanding Unit Citation, HHS Terrorist Response Team, 2002
Outstanding Service Medal, US Public Health Service, 2001
Distinguished Service Award, American School Health Association, 1997
Selected Editorial Boards
Editorial Board, Journal of Adolescent Health
Editorial Board, AIDS Education and Prevention
Selected New York City Activities:
Center for Community Health and Education
Dr. Santelli is conducting research on the impact Columbia?s school-based health centers are having on adolescent health.
Senior Consultant Project URL:http://www.guttmacher.org/
Dr. Santelli is a senior consultant at the Guttmacher Institute, where he conducts research on adolescent reproductive health and ways to improve the health of teenagers.
Selected Global Activities:
Rakai Youth Project
Research examining HIV risk and prevention strategies among young people in the Rakai region of Uganda.
JS Santelli, AF Abraido-Lanza, AJ Melnikas "Migration, Acculturation and Sexual and Reproductive Health of Latino Adolescents" J Adolescent Health 44(1) 3-4 2009
JS Santelli "Medical Accuracy in Sexuality Education: Ideology and the Scientific Process" Am J Public Health 98(10) 1786-1792 2008
JS Santelli, TGM Sandfort, M Orr "Transnational Comparisons of Adolescent Contraceptive Use. What Can We Learn From These Comparisons?" Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 162(1) 92-94 2008
J Santelli, LD Lindberg, LB Finer, VI Rickert, D Bensyl, S Posner, S Makleff, K Kost, S Singh "Comparability of contraceptive prevalence estimates for women from the 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System" Public Health Reports 123(2) 147-154 2008
JS Santelli, LD Lindberg, LB Finer, S Singh "Explaining Recent Declines in Adolescent Pregnancy in the United States: The Contributions of Abstinence and Improved Contraceptive Use" Am J Public Health 97 150-156 2007
LD Lindberg, R Jones, JS Santelli "Noncoital sexual activities among adolescents" J Adolescent Health 43(3) 231-238 2008
Ronny A Shtarkshall, John S Santelli, Jennifer S Hirsch "Sex Education and Sexual Socialization: Roles for Educators and Parents" Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 39(2) 116-119 2007
JS Santelli "Abstinence-Only Education: Politics, Science, and Ethics" Social Research 73(3) 835-858 2006
JS Santelli, IS Speizer, A Avery, C Kendall "An Exploration of the Dimensions of Pregnancy Intentions Among Women Choosing to Terminate Pregnancy or to Initiate Prenatal Care in New Orleans, Louisiana" Am J Public Health 96 2009-2015 2006
John S Santelli, Mary Ott Maureen Lyon, Jennifer Rogers, Daniel Summers, Rebecca Schleifer. "Abstinence and Abstinence-Only Education: A Review of US Policies and Programs." J Adolescent Health 38 83-87 2006