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Tom Dennison | Faculty Director

Tom Dennison is a professor of practice in the department of public administration at the Maxwell School, director of the health services management and policy certificate program, and a senior research associate with the Center for Policy Research at Maxwell. He is also Chair of the Onondaga County Health Department Advisory Board. Tom earned his Bachelor’s degree in management from Syracuse University, a Master’s degree in hospital administration from George Washington University and a Doctorate in health planning and administration from Penn State University.

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Shannon Monnat | Lerner Chair

Shannon Monnat received her PhD in Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany in 2008. Prior to her appointment at Syracuse University, she was a faculty member for five years at University of Nevada Las Vegas and for four years at Penn State University. As a scholar of social inequality and social demography, Dr. Monnat’s research examines the correlates and consequences of social disadvantage, particularly at the intersections of place, public policy, and health. A common theme binding much of her work is a concern for rural people and places. Her current research focuses on spatial differences in opioid misuse and mortality and other diseases and deaths of despair. In another line of research, she examines associations between various social and public health policies and health behaviors and health care access. ​ 

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Leah Moser | Program Director

Leah Moser directs the Center’s administrative and programmatic operations, staff, campus and community partnerships. She has been with the Lerner Center since 2011, beginning as a Lerner Fellow and also serving as the Program Coordinator and Assistant Director. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in community, public and worksite health from Truman State University, and a Master’s degree in public health through the Central New York Master of Public Health program at  Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and SUNY Upstate Medical University. She earned a certificate in health services management and policy from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Leah is also a certified facilitator for the Diabetes Prevention Program with the Downtown Syracuse YMCA.

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Mary Kate Lee Program CoordinatorMary Kate Lee | Program Coordinator

Mary Kate Lee graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development. The focal point of her work at Oswego was developing and implementing outreach initiatives for students to engage in healthy lifestyle practices. This work has translated to her professional life as the Center’s program coordinator, where she is responsible for managing the Healthy Monday Syracuse campaign and maintaining campus and community partnerships.

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Lerner Fellow Alumni

2017-2018: Jordana Gilman (MD/MPH), Carolee Lantigua (MPA), Eunice Lee (MPA), Ibrahim Malik (MPH)

2016-2017: Ahmed Malik (MPH), Mia Mazur (MPA/IR), Guillermo Perez (MPA), Katie Wood (MPH)

2015-2016: Malcolm Philogene (MPH), William Reed (MD/MPH), Katie Wood (MPH)

2014-2015: Maidel De La Cruz (MPA), Bridget Lenkiewicz (MPH), Roberto Martinez (MPH), Timothy Smilnak (MD/MPH)

2013-2014: Brianna Cameron (MPH), Sadie Conrad (MPA), Roberto Martinez (MPH), Katie Oja (MPH)

2012-2013: Mary Doohovskoy (MPA), Ian Grant (MPH), Matthew MacDougall (MPH), Leah Moser (MPH)

2011- 2012: Ian Grant (MPH), Matthew MacDougall (MPH), Gabby Mirsaidi (MPA), Leah Moser (MPH)