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Lynn M. Tepper

Director, Behavioral Science Department, CDM
Clinical Professor of Behavioral Science (In Sociomedical Sciences)

and:
Clinical Professor of Behavioral Science (In Dentistry), School of Dental and Oral Surgery

Biography:
Dr. Lynn Tepper's research focuses on the behavioral aspects of health promotion and disease prevention, with emphasis on anxiety-related medical and dental interventions, tobacco use, the application of theoretical models of health behaviors, and healthy 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 with behavioral concerns related to the maintenance of health and the prevention of disease, 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 Columbia responsibilities, she officiates on community board committees related to long term care and the aging population.
Education & Training:

    PhD, , Columbia University

    EdD, , Columbia University

    MA, , Columbia University

    MS, , Wayne State University

    BS, , SUNY Buffalo

Affiliation(s):
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • Fellow, Brookdale Center on Aging
  • Officer, Board of Directors, Aging in America, Morningside Nursing Home
  • Member, Board of Directors, Aging in America, Morningside Nursing Home
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Foundation for Long Term Care
  • Member, Board of Directors, 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,1980, 1990, 1995
  • Who's Who in Gerontology, 1988-present
  • Who's Who in America, 2000-present
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Editoral Board, Journal of Thanatology
    • Editorial Board, Journal of Gerontology
    • Editoral Board, Journal of Dental Education
Selected
New York City
Activities:
    Medical and Dental Fear and Anxiety Project Project URL: http://

    Dr. Tepper is examining the origins, diagnosis, and treatment of anxiety related to medical and dental treatment. She heads up a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students investigating this major barrier to health promotion and disease prevention, specifically within the NYC Hispanic Population. health

    Tobacco Cessation Program Project URL: http://

    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 adults and the elderly. She also provides training for students, faculty, and practitioners regarding the delivery of tobacco cessation interventions for their patients who use tobacco products.

    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.

Selected
Global
Activities:
    Lifelong Health and Aging
    The collaboration between US and United Kingdom educators and researchers on lifelong health and aging, with an emphasis on addressing the mental health issues of older adults, based on longitudinal research in both the US and the UK.


    European Conferences on Developmental Psychology
    European and American developmental psychologists collaborating on developmental research on children, adults, and the elderly. Dr. Tepper's focus is on "Indicators of Mental Health in Later Life."


Selected Publications:
  • 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, 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
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Contact Information

Office/Address:

College of Physicians and Surgeons Building, 630 West 168 Street, P&S 3, Room 452

New York, New York 10032

USA

Phone:

212-305-3126

Fax:

212-305-1034

E-mail:

lmt1@columbia.edu