David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal

Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management (In the Center for Family and Community Medicine) at the Columbia University Medical Center


722 west 168th st office R424
New York NY USA 10032


David Rosenthal, PhD, is the faculty director of the Executive and Full Time Management programs in HPM and the Director of Behavior Science for Columbia University’s Center for Family and Community Medicine. For 23 years, Dr. Rosenthal was a faculty member at the University of Iowa, teaching in the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, and Education. He was named Teacher of the Year by residents in the Department of Family Medicine and was given the College of Medicine Service Award. He was also the Director of Counseling and Health Promotion Services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Later he worked at La Bodega de La Familia and then served as the Executive Director of the Lower Eastside Harm Reduction Center in New York City. Dr. Rosenthal was a licensed marriage and family therapist and has served as president of the Iowa Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He has co-author4ed a number of books and academic papers and given more than 100 presentations in the United States and has conducted workshops in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Russia, and Greece. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of three non-profit organizations: Heritage Health and Housing, Clowns Without Borders and Kwah Dao. He has also participated as a member or board chair of other public health nonprofits, such as Iowa City Hospice, Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, & the Mid Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse.


PhD, 1978, SUNY/ Buffalo
MS, 1974, Brooklyn College
BA, 1970, Bradley University

Mailman Affiliations

Faculty, Department of Health Policy and Management

Columbia Affiliations

Director Behavioral Medicine, Center for Family and Community Medicine

Academic Appointments

Director , Behavioral Medicine, the Center for Family and Community Medicine

Other Affiliations

Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Member. American Orthopsychiatry Association

Select Urban Health Activities

Heritage Health and Housing: President of the Board of Directors. HHH provides housing options for mentally ill and homeless individuals in New York City. HHH provides open access medical care through its Federally Qualified Health Center on 145th street.
Community Advisory Board: Board member providing a review of city mental health programs

Select Global Activities

Kwah Dao, Thailand: President of the Board of Directors. Kwah Dao (formerly the Burmese Refugee Project) is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization seeking to empower vulnerable communities in northern Thailand with the education and support necessary to improve their current situations and enhance their future opportunities.
Clown Without Borders: Board member, Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and emergency situations.

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