Robyn Gershon

Robyn Gershon

Professor Emerita Clinical
Sociomedical Sciences (in Nursing)

Office/Address:

722 West 168th Street, 10th floor New York NY USA 10032
Phone:
212-305-1186
Fax:
212-305-8284
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Biography

Dr. Robyn Gershon is an occupational and environmental health and safety researcher with over 15 years of experience in conducting complex interdisciplinary public health research studies. She has her primary appointment in the Mailman School of Public Health, with a joint appointment at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Gershon served for several years as the director of Biological Safety at Yale University. Her research interests are generally focused on high risk, high stress, work populations. She has conducted a number of applied research studies, including risk assessment studies as well as intervention studies. Her current research projects include the following topics: subway noise exposure, occupational health hazards associated with home health care delivery, emergency preparedness for emergency medical services, avian influenza preparedness, and willingness of essential personnel to report to duty during a pandemic. Dr. Gershon recently completed a project entitled, the World Trade Center Evacuation Study, that identified the individual, organizational, and structural factors associated with the evacuation from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. She is the Course Director for the Social and Policy Implications of Bioterrorism and other Weapons of Mass Destruction course, taught in the fall, and Co-director for the University Seminar in Occupational Health.

Topics

Education

DrPH, 1990, BSPH Johns Hopkins University
MS, 1981, Quinnipiac University
BS, 1976, Quinnipiac University

Affiliations

Center for Public Health Preparedness
National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Editorial Boards

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2007
Critical Care Medicine, 2006
Nursing Research, 2006

Columbia Affiliations

Center for Health Policy, Nursing School

Additional Affiliations

The New York Academy of Medicine, Fellow
International Society for Urban Health, Member
American Public Health Association, Member
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Fellow
American Biological Safety Association, Member
National Association for Public Health Policy, Member

Honors & Awards

Kellogg Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1987-1990
Delta Omega Honorary (Public Health) Society, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1997
Fellow, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology, 2004-present
Recipient, Annual International Sharps Injury Prevention Award, 2005
Davis Lectureship, University of Chicago, Center for Health Administration Studies, 2005

Areas of Expertise

Bioterrorism, Infectious Disease, Disaster Preparedness, Bioterrorism, Disaster Preparedness, Environmental Health__General, Caregiving, Bioterrorism, Infectious Disease, Infectious Disease, Hepatitis, Infectious Disease, Infectious Disease, Injury prevention, Occupational Health and Safety, Occupational Health and Safety__Work Stress,

Select Publications

Gershon, RMM., Rubin, M., Qureshi,K., Canton, A., Matzner, F. Participatory Acton Research Methodology in Disaster Research: Results from the World Trade Center Evacuation Study Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 2(3): 142-149, 2008
Gershon, RMM., Pogorzelska, M., Qureshi, K., Sherman, M. Home health care registered nurses and the risk of percutaneous injuries: A pilot study American Journal of Infection Control 36(3) 165-172 2008
Gershon RRM, Qureshi KA, Stone PW, Pogorzelska M, Ashman C, Silver A, Damsky M, Burdette C, Gebbie KM, Raveis VH Home health care challenges and avian influenza Home Health Care Management and Practice 20 58-69 2007
Qureshi KA, Gershon RRM, Smailes E, Raveis V, Murphy B, Matzner F, Fleischman A A Roadmap for the Protection of Disaster Research Participants: Findings from the WTC Evacuation Study Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 22 (6) 486-493 2007
Gershon RRM, Vlahov D, Felknor SA, Vesley D, Johnson PC, Declos GL, Murphy LR Compliance with universal precautions among healthcare workers at three regional hospitals American Journal of Infection Control 23 225-236 1995
Gershon RRM, Qureshi KA, Barrera MA, Erwin MJ, Goldsmith F Health and safety hazards associated with subways: A review Journal of Urban Health 82 10-20 2005
Gershon RRM, Qureshi KM, Rubin MS, Raveis VH Factors Associated with High-Rise Evacuation: Qualitative Results from the World Trade Center Evacuation Study Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 22(3) 165-173 2007
Gershon RRM, Neitzel R, Barrera M, Akram M Pilot survey of subway and bus stop noise levels Journal of Urban Health 83(5) 802-812 2006
Gershon RRM, Sherman MF, Mitchell C, Vlahov D, Erwin M, Lears MK, Felknor S, Lubelczyk RA, Alter M Prevalence and Risk Factors for bloodborne exposure and infection in correctional healthcare workers Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 28(1) 24-30 2007
Gershon RRM, Stone PW, Bakken S, Larson E Measurement of organizational culture and climate in healthcare Journal of Nursing Administration 34(1): 33-40 2004
Qureshi KA, Gershon RRM, Staub T, Sherman MF, Gebbie E, McCollum M, Erwin MJ, Morse SS Healthcare workers' willingness to report to duty during catastrophic disasters Journal of Urban Health 82(3) 378-388 2005
Gershon RRM, Stone PW, Bakken S, Larson E Measurement of organizational culture and climate in healthcare Journal of Nursing Administration 20(1) 33-40 2005
Gershon RRM, Qureshi KA, Sepkowitz KA, Gurtman AC, Galea S, Sherman MF Clinicians' knowledge, attitudes and concerns regarding bioterrorism after a brief education program Journal of Environmental and Occupation Medicine 46(1): 77-83 2004
Gershon RRM, Hogan E, Qureshi KA, Doll L Preliminary results from the World Trade Center Evacuation Study MMWR 53: 815-817 2004
Gershon RRM, Lin S, Li X Work stress in aging police officers Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 44 160-167 2002
Gershon RRM, Hogan E, Qureshi KA, Doll L Preliminary results from the World Trade Center evacuation study-New York, 2003 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports 55(35) 815-816 2004

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