John Santelli

John Santelli

John Santelli

Population and Family Health


60 Haven Avenue, B-2
New York NY 10032
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Dr. John Santelli is a Professor of Population and Family Health and Pediatrics and was the chair of the Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School from 2004-2016. Dr. Santelli has conducted policy-related research on HIV/STD risk behaviors, trends in teen fertility, programs to prevent STD/HIV/unintended pregnancy, school-based health centers, adolescent clinical preventive services, and research ethics. Dr. Santelli serves a senior consultant for the Guttmacher Institute, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Adolescent Health, a member of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, and a past President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. He has been a national leader in ensuring that adolescents have access to medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education, and are appropriately included in health research. He has been the principal investigator of two NICHD-funded projects on HIV risk among youth and linkages between HIV infection and reproductive health with the Rakai Health Sciences Project in southern Uganda. Prior to coming to Columbia in 2004, he worked—for nearly 20 years—in local and national public health institutions, such as the Baltimore City Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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

Editorial Boards

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

Academic Appointments

Professor, Pediatrics

Other 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, Ginn E, Speers M An evaluation of human subjects protection at CDC/ATSDR IRB 22 1-7 2000
JS Santelli Abstinence-Only Education: Politics, Science, and Ethics Social Research 73(3) 835-858 2006
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, 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
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
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
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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