Alwyn Cohall

Alwyn Cohall

Alwyn Cohall

Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center


215 West 125th Street, First Floor
New York NY 10027


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.



MD, 1980, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
BA, 1976, Wesleyan University

Columbia Affiliations

Director, Project STAY (Services To Assist Youth)

Academic Appointments

Professor, Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center

Additional Affiliations

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 & Awards

2005, American Academy of Pediatrics Founders Award for Community Leadership in Adolescent Health
2005, HIV Leadership Award,
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

Areas of Expertise

E-Health, Adolescent Health, School-Based Clinics, HIV/AIDS, Sexuality, Sex Education and Safe Sex

Select Urban Health Activities

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.

Select 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 from health care providers. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004;34(3).
20. Cohall A*, Cohall R, Dye B, Vaughn R. Overheard in the halls: What adolescents are saying and what teachers are hearing about health. Journal of School Health. 2007;77(7):344-350
16. Cohall A*, Cohall R, Dye B, Dini S, Vaughan R. Parents of urban adolescents in Harlem, New York and the internet: A cross-sectional survey on preferred resources for health information. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2004;6(4):1-8.
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 from health care providers. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004;34(3).
5. Hunter J, Cohall A, Mallon G, Moyer MB, Riddel JP. Health Care Delivery and Public Health Related to LGBT Youth and Young Adults In: Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Public Health. A Practitioner's Guide to Health. Michael Shankle (editor).Haworth Press; New York, NY: 2006 .
6. Cohall A*, Nshom M, Nye A. One chip at a time: Youth development and technology. In: Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews, “E-Health. 2007;18 (2): 415-424
14. Armstrong, B., Cohall, A.T., and Cohall R.M. The Health of Young Men of Color. Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations. Alex Gitterman (Ed). 3rd Edition. (2013). New York: Columbia University Press. (In Press).
12. Armstrong B, Cohall A. Health Promotion with Adolescent and Young Adult Males: An Empowerment Approach. In: Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews, Adolescent Health Promotion. 2011:544-580
30. Cohall AT, Nye A, Moon-Howard J, Kukafka R, Dye B, Vaughan RD, Northridge M. Computer Use, Internet Access, and Online Searching for Health Information among Harlem Adults. American Journal of Health Promotion. Am J Health Promot. 2011 May-Jun;25(5):325-33
33. Neu N, Nelson J, Ranson E, Whittier S, Shaw A, Cohall A. Urine and Extragenital Gonococcal and Chlamydia Infections in HIV Positive Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM): Enhanced Detection of Rectal Chlamydia when Screening with Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests versus Cultures. Journal of Mens Health. 2012;9:89-93

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