and: Clinical Professor of Behavioral Science, School of Dental and Oral Surgery
Dr. Lynn Tepper's research focuses on the behavioral aspects of health promotion, with emphasis on health behaviors such as tobacco use and aging. With more than 30 professional papers, book chapters, and textbooks, important products of her research have been the development of multidisciplinary health behavior assessment instruments, in both English and Spanish, for people who use tobacco products, as well as the testing of interventional protocols, which have been proven successful with older patients. Dr. Tepper is the primary investigator for three NIH-funded projects, and two U.S. Department of Education grants. In addition to her Mailman School responsibilities, she heads the Institute of Gerontology at Mercy College, which focuses on minority health and community outreach.
Director, Institute of Gerontology, Mercy College
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
Fellow, Brookdale Center on Aging
Member, Board of Directors, Aging in America, Morningside Nursing Home
Member, Board of Directors, The Foundation for Long Term Care
Member, Board of Directors, NY Association for Homes and Services for the Aged
Honors and Awards:
Heft Scholar, Columbia University, 1980
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 1990
Delegate, White House Conference on Aging, 1995
Who's Who in Gerontology, 1988-present
Who's Who in America, 2000-present
Selected Editorial Boards
Editoral Board, Journal of Thanatology
Selected New York City Activities:
Tobacco Cessation Clinic
Dr. Tepper is a clinician and the director of research for the Tobacco Cessation Clinical Program, Columbia University Medical Center, which specializes in tobacco cessation intervention for those 60 and older in the minority population.
Geriatric Oral Health Initiative
Dr. Tepper is the director of a community-based oral health intervention program for older patients, which focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive health care and quality of life.
Colorectal Health Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviors
Colorectal cancer incidences and mortality rates are the highest among older African Americans. Dr. Tepper is currently heading-up a research team that seeks to identify the barriers to colorectal cancer screening among African-Americans residing in Brooklyn, New York. Future plans include the development of a curriculum guide for training a naturally-occuring resource for social support (hairstylists) to deliver colorectal health promotion information to their customers, thereby increasing screening rates and decreasing mortality.
Tepper L, Cassidy T "Perspectives on Aging" Springer Publishing Co New York 2004
Tepper L, Toner J "Respite Care" Charles Press Philadelphia, PA 1993
Tepper L, Toner J "Long Term Care" Charles Press Phhiladelphia, PA 1993
Tepper L "Family Relationships in Later Life" Work with Older People Ed. Gutheil I Fordham Press New York, NY 24-45 1994
Tepper L, Gutheil I "The Aging Family: Ethnic and Cultural Considerations" Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Families Ed. Congress E Fordham Press New York, NY 98-116 1996
Tepper L "Health Issues in Later Life" Elder Care Ed. Cassidy T New Horizon Press Newark, NJ 63-69 2004
Tepper L, Seidman D "The Role of the Dental Profession in Tobacco Cessation" Helping the Hard-Core Smoker: A Clinician's Guide Ed. Seidman D, Covey L Lawrence Earlbaum New York, NY 261-273 1999
Tepper L, Seidman D, Albert D "Serving the Underserved and Hard-core Smokers" Journal of Dental Education 66 443-439 2002
Tepper L "Older Americans: Paying Attention to Oral Health" Journal of City Health 20 7-9 2001
Tepper L "Psychosocial Development in Later Life" Elder Care and Service Learning Ed. Seperson S, Hegeman C Greenwood Press Hartford, CT 124-131 2002