John Santelli

John Santelli

John Santelli

Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor
Population and Family Health
Chair, Population and Family Health


60 Haven Avenue, B-2
New York NY 10032

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Dr. John Santelli, Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who joined the School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2004. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, he served as the Chief of the Applied Sciences Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he directed CDC efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Dr. Santelli has conducted research on HIV/STD risk behaviors, programs to prevent STD/HIV/unintended pregnancy among adolescents and women, school-based health centers, clinical preventive services, and research ethics. He has been a national leader and advocate in ensuring that adolescents are appropriately included in health research. Dr. Santelli serves as a senior consultant for the Alan Guttmacher Institute and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Adolescent Health and AIDS Education and Prevention. In March 2012, Dr. Santelli was named President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).



MPH, 1986, Johns Hopkins University
MD, 1982, Buffalo School of Medicine


Center for Community Health and Education

Editorial Boards

Editorial Board, Journal of Adolescent Health
Editorial Board, AIDS Education and Prevention

Academic Appointments

Professor, Pediatrics

Additional Affiliations

Chair, Science Board, American Public Health Association
Member, ACOG Committee on Adolescent Health

Honors & Awards

Healthy Tenn Network, Researcher of the Year. 2009
James Virgil Peavy Workforce Development Award. 2005
Outstanding Unit Citation, HHS Terrorist Response Team, 2002
Outstanding Service Medal, US Public Health Service, 2001
Distinguished Service Award, American School Health Association, 1997

Areas of Expertise

Adolescent Health, School-Based Clinics, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexuality, Contraception, Family Planning, Fertility / Infertility Issues, Reproductive Health, Sex Education and Safe Sex, Teen Pregnancy

Select Urban Health Activities

Select Global Activities

Rakai Youth Project, Uganda: Research examining HIV risk and prevention strategies among young people in the Rakai region of Uganda.

Select Publications

JS Santelli, AF Abraido-Lanza, AJ Melnikas Migration, Acculturation and Sexual and Reproductive Health of Latino Adolescents J Adolescent Health 44(1) 3-4 2009

Santelli JS, Abma J, Ventura S, Lindberg L, Morrow B, Anderson JE, Lyss S, Hamilton BE Can changes in sexual behaviors among high school students explain the decline in teen pregnancy rates in the 1990s? J Adolescent Health 35 80-90 2004

JS Santelli Medical Accuracy in Sexuality Education: Ideology and the Scientific Process Am J Public Health 98(10) 1786-1792 2008

Santelli JS, Kaiser J, Hirsch L, Radosh A, Simkin L, Middlestadt S Initiation of sexual intercourse among middle school adolescents: the influence of psychosocial factors Journal of Adolescent Health 34 200-208 2004

JS Santelli, TGM Sandfort, M Orr Transnational Comparisons of Adolescent Contraceptive Use. What Can We Learn From These Comparisons? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 162(1) 92-94 2008

Santelli JS, Smith Rogers A, Rosenfeld WD, DuRant RH, Dubler N, Morreale M, English A, Lyss S, Wimberly Y, Schissel A Guidelines for adolescent health research. A position paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Journal of Adolescent Health 32 443-451 2003

LD Lindberg, R Jones, JS Santelli Noncoital sexual activities among adolescents J Adolescent Health 43(3) 231-238 2008

Santelli JS, Nystrom RJ, Brindis C, Juszczak L, Klein JD, Bearss N, Kaplan DW, Hudson M, Schlitt J Reproductive health in school-based health centers: findings from the 1998-99 census of school-based health centers Journal of Adolescent Health. 32 443-451 2003

Santelli JS, Rochat R, Hatfield-Timajchy K, Gilbert BC, Curtis K, Cabral R, Hirsch J, Schieve L, and other members of the Unintended Pregnancy working group. The measurement and meaning of unintended pregnancy Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 35 94-101 2003

Santelli JS, Klein JD, Graff CA, Allan MJ, Elster AB Reliability in adolescent reporting of clinician counseling, health care use, and health behaviors Medical Care 40 26-37 2002

JS Santelli Abstinence-Only Education: Politics, Science, and Ethics Social Research 73(3) 835-858 2006

Santelli JS, Ginn E, Speers M An evaluation of human subjects protection at CDC/ATSDR IRB 22 1-7 2000

J Santelli, LD Lindberg, LB Finer, VI Rickert, D Bensyl, S Posner, S Makleff, K Kost, S Singh Comparability of contraceptive prevalence estimates for women from the 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Public Health Reports 123(2) 147-154 2008

JS Santelli, LD Lindberg, LB Finer, S Singh Explaining Recent Declines in Adolescent Pregnancy in the United States: The Contributions of Abstinence and Improved Contraceptive Use Am J Public Health 97 150-156 2007

JS Santelli, IS Speizer, A Avery, C Kendall An Exploration of the Dimensions of Pregnancy Intentions Among Women Choosing to Terminate Pregnancy or to Initiate Prenatal Care in New Orleans, Louisiana Am J Public Health 96 2009-2015 2006

Burstein GR, Lowry R, Klein JD, Santelli JS Missed opportunities for sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, and pregnancy prevention services during adolescent health supervision visits Pediatrics 111 996-1001 2003

Santelli JS, Lowry R, Brener N, Robin L The association of sexual behaviors with socioeconomic status, family structure, and race/ethnicity among US adolescent Am J Public Health 90 1582-88 2000

John S Santelli, Mary Ott Maureen Lyon, Jennifer Rogers, Daniel Summers, Rebecca Schleifer. Abstinence and Abstinence-Only Education: A Review of US Policies and Programs. J Adolescent Health 38 83-87 2006

Ronny A Shtarkshall, John S Santelli, Jennifer S Hirsch Sex Education and Sexual Socialization: Roles for Educators and Parents Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 39(2) 116-119 2007

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