John Allegrante

John Allegrante

John Allegrante

Adjunct Professor
Sociomedical Sciences


525 West 120th Street, Room 530-I Thorndike Hall
New York NY USA 10027
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Dr. John Allegrante is an applied behavioral scientist whose research focuses on health behavior, behavioral self-management, and health outcomes in chronic disease. He has had over 25 years of continuous funding from NIH to develop and evaluate novel behavioral intervention approaches to improve self-management and health outcomes in people with chronic disease. He has produced an extensive bibliography of published papers in health education and health promotion and in clinical epidemiology and health services research, a substantial corpus of which has illuminated a transdisciplinary understanding of how to facilitate adherence to and maintenance of behavioral change. Dr. Allegrante has also been in the vanguard of innovation in professional preparation and workforce development in public health education, playing a pivotal role in leading efforts to establish a unified system of accreditation for professional preparation programs in the United States and to develop consensus on domains of core competencies, standards, and quality assurance in global health promotion that are now being implemented across the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. As a Fulbright Specialist in Public/Global Health from 2005 to 2010 and as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2007, Allegrante launched a collaboration with Icelandic behavioral and social scientists to develop what is now an ongoing program of multidisciplinary research currently supported by a grant from the European Research Council to investigate risks and protective factors in child and adolescent development.


PhD, 1979, University of Illinois
MS, 1976, University of Illinois
BS, 1974, State University of New York, Cortland

Editorial Boards

Health Education & Behavior (Editor-in-Chief)
Health Education Research
Public Health Reviews

Columbia Affiliations

Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Paris

Academic Appointments

Professor, Health and Behavior Studies

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

CDC Foundation Elizabeth Fries Health Education Prize Award, 2017
Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, 2016
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, State University of New York, 2015
APHA Mayhew Derryberry Award, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, 2015
APHA Distinguished Career Award, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, 2003

Select Urban Health Activities

NIH/NHLBI: Tailored Sleep Health Education: A Community-Engaged Approach (Giradin Jean-Louis, PhD, John P. Allegrante, PhD, Gbenga Godwin Ogedegbe, MD, PIs): Community-based studies suggest that most blacks are unaware of symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or related cardiovascular morbidity. The major goal of this project is to develop a tailored sleep health education (TASHE) program using a multi-level, community-engaged approach to promote transfer of sleep health information to blacks to foster uptake of healthful sleep practices. This is a collaborative research project that seeks to develop a community-based infrastructure to support implementation of translational and dissemination research in sleep health. If effective, the project will provide empirical support for wide-scale use of TASHE as a multi-level, community-engaged approach to enhance OSA health literacy among blacks. The project is anchored by an equitable partnership between health scientists from New York University and Columbia University and community stakeholders to ensure adoption and dissemination of tailored sleep health messages. Generating culturally and linguistically sleep health messages among blacks has high public health relevance.
NIH/NHLBI: Practice-Based Trial to Improve Blood Pressure Control in Blacks with Hypertension (Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, PI): Poorly controlled hypertension (HTN) remains one of the most significant public health problems in the United States, in terms of morbidity, mortality, and economic burden. Despite compelling evidence supporting the beneficial effects of therapeutic lifestyle changes on blood pressure reduction, their effectiveness remains untested in primary care practices, especially among minority patients who share a greater burden of HTN-related outcomes including chronic kidney disease, stroke and heart failure. This randomized controlled trial offers a unique opportunity to address this gap in the literature. The major goal of this project was to test the effectiveness of a practice-based, comprehensive therapeutic lifestyle intervention, delivered through group-based counseling and motivational interviewing in a two-arm, randomized controlled trial, in 200 poorly controlled hypertensive African-Americans who receive care in community-based primary care practices. The primary outcome of this trial is the within-patient change in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure from baseline to 6 months.
ONC/DHHS: Columbia University Curriculum Development Center (Rita Kukafka, DrPH, PI): The $787-Billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by Congress in 2009. Among other provisions, the federal law provided for significant new investment to support increased meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by physicians and hospitals, through an initiative organized by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and called the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The ONC Curriculum Development Centers Program, one component of the ONC Workforce Development Program, provided funding to institutions of higher education to support health information technology curriculum development as part of the effort to stimulate economic activity. The major goal of this project was to develop educational materials for key health information technology (IT) topics to be used by 70 community colleges participating in a consortia program designed to support training and development of more than 50,000 new health IT professionals in the United States.

Select Global Activities

ERC Consolidator Grant: Multilevel Analysis on the Effects of Stress on Biology, Emotions and Behaviour throughout Childhood (Inga Dora Sigfusdottir, PhD, PI), Iceland: Recent studies have found that substance abuse, depression, self-harm, and suicidal behavior have all increased among adolescents. However, little is known about the complex interplay of psychosocial and biological factors that leads to such harmful behavior. Dr. Allegrante is currently collaborating as a senior investigator on a project whose goal is to study an Icelandic birth cohort from birth to adolescence to understand harmful adolescent behavior from both biological and psychosocial perspectives. Using community-level survey data, along with physiological indicators measured in saliva from a subsample of participants, the study is investigating the impact of early life stress on adolescents, the relationship between harmful behavior and community issues, including deprivation, disrupted families, income, and delinquency, and how support in early adolescence might buffer the effects of early life stress on harmful behavior later on. The project is expected to inform more effective interventions to reduce harmful behavior among young people.
Erasmus+ Europubhealth Programme, Denmark, France, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland): The Europubhealth Programme is a two-year course of study that leads to dual Master of Public Health degrees. Europubhealth is co-sponsored by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and is delivered by several European universities (University of Granada, University of Sheffield, Institute of Political Sciences in Rennes, University of Rennes 1, University of Denmark, Jagiellonian University) and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Allegrante has taught in the month-long summer integration module, which enables students from each of the participating universities to study the global dimensions of public health at EHESP, the French School of Public Health in Rennes, France. The module is designed to help students understand the impact of globalization and the organization for international health, take into account social and cultural factors and different stakeholders when formulating and implementing a public health project, and demonstrate critical thinking, cross-cutting communication and project management skills.
Open Society Foundations Higher Education Support Program, Kazakhstan: Higher education institutions and actors are fundamentally influential in the establishment and consolidation of open societies. The Open Society Foundations (OSF) Higher Education Support Program is committed to strengthening universities and members of their communities by nurturing their capacity and leadership for well-informed, vigorous, and inclusive social deliberation. Dr. Allegrante has participated as an International Scholar in the International Higher Education Support Program since 2009. The program promotes the advancement of higher education within the humanities and social sciences by providing assistance to a network of institutions ranging from undergraduate universities to doctoral programs and centers for advanced study. The Academic Fellowship Program has contributed to higher education reform by supporting talented and promising local scholars and assisting progressive universities in certain countries of South Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Dr. Allegrante has been providing curriculum development and mentored research support to returning scholars at the Kazakhstan School of Public Health.

Select Publications

Charlson, M.E., Wells, M.T., Peterson, J.C., Boutin-Foster, C., Ogedegbe, G.O., Mancuso, C.A., Hollenberg, J.P., Allegrante, J.P., Jobe, J., & Isen, A.M. Mediators and moderators of behavior change in patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disease: The impact of positive affect and self-affirmation. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research, 4, 7-17, 2014.
Taub, A., Goekler, S., Auld, E., Birch, D., Muller, S., Wengert, D., & Allegrante, J.P. The changing landscape in accreditation of professional preparation programs for school health educators. Health Education & Behavior, 41, 349-358, 2014.
Allegrante, J.P , & Livingood, W.C. IOM report redefines assessment of community-based prevention. Health Education & Behavior, 40, 3-5, 2013.
Kristjansson, A.L., Sigfusson, J., Sigfusdottir, I.D., & Allegrante, J.P. Data collection procedures for school-based surveys among adolescents: The Youth in Europe Study. Journal of School Health, 83, 662-667, 2013.
Peterson, J.C., Charlson, M.E., Hoffman, Z., Wells, M., Wong, S.C., Hollenberg, J., Jobe, J., Boschert, K., Isen, A., & Allegrante, J.P. Positive affect induction increases physical activity in percutaneous coronary intervention patients. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172, 329-336, 2012.
Schoenthaler, A., Allegrante, J.P., Chaplin, W., & Ogedegbe G. The effect of patient-provider communication on medication adherence in hypertensive black patients: Does race concordance matter? Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 372-382, 2012.
Green, L.W., & Allegrante, J.P. Healthy People 1980-2020: Raising the ante decennially or just the name from public health education to health promotion to social determinants? Health Education & Behavior, 38, 558-562, 2011.
Livingood, W., Allegrante, J.P., Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Clark, N.M., Windsor, R.C., Zimmerman, M.A., & Green, L.W. Applied social and behavioral science to address complex health problems. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41, 525-531, 2011.
Kristjansson, A.L., James, J.E., Allegrante, J.P., Sigfusdottir, I.D., & Helgason, AR. Adolescent substance use, parental monitoring, and leisure-time activities: 12-year outcomes of primary prevention in Iceland. Preventive Medicine, 51,168-171, 2010.
Allegrante, J.P., Barry, M.M., Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Auld, M.E., Collins, J.L., Lamarre, M.-C., Magnusson, G., McQueen, D.V., & Mittelmark, M.B., On Behalf of the Galway Consensus Conference. Domains of core competency, standards, and quality assurance for building global capacity in health promotion: The Galway Consensus Conference. Health Education & Behavior, 36, 476-482, 2009.

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