Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea

Adjunct Professor


722 West 168th Street, 15th floor/Rm 1508New York NY United States 10032
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Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, is a physician and an epidemiologist. Dr. Galea is interested in the social production of health of urban populations. His work explores innovative cells-to-society approaches to population health questions. His primary focus is on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide, including as a result of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several foundations have funded his research.He has published over 400 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters and commentaries, and 7 books and his research has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets. During Dr. Galea's tenure as Chair, the Department of Epidemiology has launched several new educational initiatives and substantially increased its focus on six core areas: chronic, infectious, injury, lifecourse, psychiatric/neurological, and social epidemiology. Dr. Galea chairs the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Community Services Board and sits on its Health Board. He is past-president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.



DrPH, 2003, Columbia University
MPH, 2000, Harvard University
MD, 1994, University of Toronto

Editorial Boards

Associate Editor American Journal of Epidemiology
Editorial Board, Depression and Anxiety
Editorial Board, International Journal of Drug Policy

Honors & Awards

Member, Institute of Medicine
Fellow, American Epidemiologic Society
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
Past-President, Society for Epidemiologic Research

Areas of Expertise

9/11, Conflict and War, Global Health, Mental Health, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Epidemiology

Select Publications

Galea S, Freudenberg N, Vlahov D. Cities and population health Social Science and Medicine 60(5) 1017-1033 2005

Kruk M, Goldmann E, Galea S. Borrowing and Selling to Pay for Health Care in Low-and Middle-Income Countries. Health Affairs. 28(4) 1056-1066 2009

Galea S, Resnick H Post-traumatic stress disorder in the general population after mass terrorist incidents: Considerations about the nature of exposure. CNS Spectrums 10(2) 107-115 2005

Koenen K, Aiello AE, Bakshis E, Amstadter AB, Ruggiero K, Acierno R, Kilpatrick DG, Gelertner J, Galea S. Modification of the association between serotonin transporter genotype and risk of posttraumatic stress disorder in adults by county-level social environment. American Journal of Epidemiology. 169(6) 704-711 2009

Galea S, Nandi A, Vlahov D The social epidemiology of substance use. Epidemiologic Reviews 26 36-52 2004

Galea S, Vlahov D, Resnick H, Ahern J, Susser E, Gold J, Bucuvalas M, Kilpatrick D. Trends in probable Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in New York City after the September 11 Terrorist Attacks. American Journal of Epidemiology 158(6) 514-524. 2003

Galea S, Brewin CR, Jones RT, King DW, King LA, McNally RJ, Ursano RJ, Petukhova M, Kessler RC. Exposure to hurricane-related stressors and mental illness after hurricane Katrina. Archives of General Psychiatry. 64(12) 1427-1434. 2007

Ahern J, Jones MR, Bakshis E, Galea S. Revisiting Rose: Comparing the benefits and costs of population-wide and targeted interventions. Milbank Quarterly 86(4) 581-600 2008

Ahern J, Galea S, Fernandez WG, Koci B, Waldman R, Vlahov D. Gender, social support, and posttraumatic stress in postwar Kosovo. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 192(11) 762-770. 2004

Galea S, Ahern J, Tracy M, Rudenstine S, Vlahov D. Education inequality and use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 90 (Suppl 1) S4-S15. 2007

Galea S, Ahern J, Resnick H, Kilpatrick D, Bucuvalas M, Gold J, Vlahov D. Psychological sequelae of the September 11th attacks in Manhattan, New York City New England Journal of Medicine 346 982-987 2002

Galea S, Vlahov D. Urban health: Evidence, challenges, and directions. Annual Review of Public Health 26 341-65. 2005

Hadley C, Tegegn A, Tessema F, Cowan JA, Asefa M, Galea S. Food insecurity, stressful life events, and symptoms of anxiety and depression in east Africa: evidence from the Gigel Gibe growth and development study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 62(11) 980 - 986. 2008

Karpati A, Galea S, Awerbuch T, Levins R. ariability and Vulnerability at the ecologic level: Implications for understanding the social determinants of health. American Journal of Public Health 92 1768-1772. 2002

Galea S, Ahern J. Distribution of education and population health: An ecologic analysis of New York City neighborhoods. American Journal of Public Health 95(12) 2198-2205. 2005

Galea S, Ahern J, Vlahov D. Contextual determinants of drug use risk behavior: A theoretic framework. Journal of Urban Health 80(4 Suppl 3) i50-i58. 2003

Galea S, Karpati A, Kennedy B Social Capital and Violence in the United States, 1974-1993. Social Science and Medicine 55(8) 1373-1383. 2002

Galea S, Ahern J, Tracy M, Hubbard A, Cerda M, Goldmann E, Vlahov D. Longitudinal determinants of post-traumatic stress in a population-based cohort study. Epidemiology 19(1) 47-54 2008

Galea S, Ahern J, Resnick H, Kilpatrick D, Bucuvalas M, Gold J, Vlahov D. Psychological sequelae of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. New England Journal of Medicine 346(13) 982-987 2002

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