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John P. Allegrante Collection
M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois
B.S., State University of New York, Cortland
Health behavior, disease self-management, and health outcomes in chronic disease. Health education in schools and patient-care settings. Health promotion policy. Interdisciplinary applied behavioral research in clinical epidemiology and health services research. Public health education workforce development and continuing education.
Dr. Allegrante, Ph.D. is a behavioral scientist and professor of health education on the faculties of Teachers College and the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He has been responsible for leading a broadly conceived program of graduate training and research in health promotion and education since 1979. In addition to his training and extensive experience in health education, during 1987-88 he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study in Santa Monica, California, where he completed a program of advanced study in health policy and health services research. Dr. Allegrante's research focuses on the design and evaluation of novel behavioral and educational intervention programs for patient and community populations. Since 1988, he has collaborated in a consortium-based program of research and development with colleagues at the Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center that has focused on the prevention of disability due to arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. He and his team of co-investigators were the first to demonstrate that an intervention program combining supervised fitness walking and socially supportive patient education could produce clinically meaningful improvements in functioning without exacerbating symptoms of pain or increasing use of medication in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. In addition, Dr. Allegrante has led a team of co-investigators who have completed a five-year, randomized controlled trial designed to evaluate the impact and cost-benefits of a novel intervention program to reduce risk factors for poor functional outcomes and institutionalization following hip fracture. He is currently the co-principal investigator and lead behavioral scientist on the Cornell Healthy Behaviors Trial, a four-year project supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that is studying behavioral economic theory as the basis for a motivational intervention to improve health behavior and outcomes after angioplasty
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