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Sandro Galea

Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
School: 
Public Health
Department: 
Epidemiology Department
Office: 
722 West 168th Street, 15th floor/Rm 1508
Email: 
sgalea@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-305-8755
Appointments
  • Chair of the Department of Epidemiology
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago
  • Member, University Forum on Global Columbia
Biography

Sandro Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist. He is the Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Galea’s primary research has been on the causes of mental disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse, and on the role of traumatic events in shaping population health. His research program seeks to uncover how determinants at multiple levels of influence—including policies, features of the social environment, molecular, and genetic factors—jointly produce the health of urban populations.

Dr. Galea has conducted large population-based studies in several countries worldwide including the US, Spain, Israel, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Liberia, primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr Galea’s interest in the complex etiology of health and disease has led him to work that explores innovative methodological approaches to population health questions primarily funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award.

Dr. Galea has published more than 250 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters and commentaries, and 5 books. Dr. Galea did his graduate training at the University of Toronto Medical School, at the Harvard University School of Public Health, and at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to his arrival at Columbia Dr. Galea was on faculty at the University of Michigan. Several media outlets including The New York Times, NPR, and NBC have featured Dr. Galea’s work. He was named one of TIME magazine’s epidemiology innovators in 2006. 

Research & Other Works
Article
Towards a Healthier 2020: Advancing Mental Health as a Global Health Priority
Article
Metropolitan Social Environments and Pre-HAART/HAART Era Changes in Mortality Rates (per 10,000 Adult Residents) among Injection Drug Users Living with AIDS
Article
Psychological Resilience after Hurricane Sandy: The Influence of Individual- and Community-Level Factors on Mental Health after a Large-Scale Natural Disaster
Article
Place of Residence Moderates the Risk of Infant Death in Kenya: Evidence from the Most Recent Census 2009
Article
The Health Policy Attitudes of American Medical Students: A Pilot Survey
Article
The geography of post-disaster mental health: spatial patterning of psychological vulnerability and resilience factors in New York City after Hurricane Sandy
Article
Epidemiologic heterogeneity of common mood and anxiety disorders over the lifecourse in the general population: a systematic review
Article
War-related psychological sequelae among emergency department patients in the former Republic of Yugoslavia
Article
The Color of Debt: Racial Disparities in Anticipated Medical Student Debt in the United States
Article
Socioeconomic Inequalities in Childhood Obesity in the United Kingdom: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Article
Social network analysis and agent-based modeling in social epidemiology
Article
Short-term and medium-term health effects of 9/11
Article
Suicide among Arab-Americans
Article
Ethnic Inequalities in Mortality: The Case of Arab-Americans
Article
Tuberculosis in Kazakhstan: analysis of risk determinants in national surveillance data
Article
Major depressive disorder following terrorist attacks: A systematic review of prevalence, course and correlates
Article
Are doctors and nurses associated with coverage of essential health services in developing countries? A cross-sectional study
Article
Longitudinal population-based studies of affective disorders: Where to from here?
Article
Cocaine- and opiate-related fatal overdose in New York City, 1990–2000
Article
The Color of Debt: Racial Disparities in Anticipated Medical Student Debt in the United States
Article
Epigenetic modifications associated with suicide and common mood and anxiety disorders: a systematic review of the literature
Article
Unevenly distributed: a systematic review of the health literature about socioeconomic inequalities in adult obesity in the United Kingdom: Supplementary material
Article
Unevenly distributed: a systematic review of the health literature about socioeconomic inequalities in adult obesity in the United Kingdom
Article
Household food insecurity and symptoms of neurologic disorder in Ethiopia: An observational analysis: Supplementary survey
Article
Household food insecurity and symptoms of neurologic disorder in Ethiopia: An observational analysis: Supplementary survey
Article
Household food insecurity and symptoms of neurologic disorder in Ethiopia: An observational analysis: Supplementary survey
Article
Household food insecurity and symptoms of neurologic disorder in Ethiopia: An observational analysis: Supplementary survey
Article
Household food insecurity and symptoms of neurologic disorder in Ethiopia: An observational analysis
Article
The health of Arab-Americans living in the United States: a systematic review of the literature
Article
Analyzing Postdisaster Surveillance Data: The Effect of the Statistical Method
Article
Clinicians' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Concerns Regarding Bioterrorism After a Brief Educational Program
Article
Substance use and misuse in the aftermath of terrorism: A Bayesian meta-analysis
Article
Population Psychiatric Medication Prescription Rates Following a Terrorist Attack
Article
Bayesian hierarchical spatial modeling of substance abuse patterns following a mass trauma: the role of time and place
Article
Spatial proximity and the risk of psychopathology after a terrorist attack
Spatial analytic approaches to explaining the trends and patterns of drug overdose deaths
The mental health and behavioral consequences of terrorism
Article
Emergency Department Visits for Behavioral and Mental Health Care after a Terrorist Attack
Article
The behavioral consequences of terrorism: a meta-analysis
Article
The Mental Health Consequences of Terrorism: Implications for Emergency Medicine Practitioners
Article
Changes in Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Prescription Rates Following a Terrorist Attack
Article
What Do We Know About the Association Between Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Injuries?
Article
Racial/ethnic differences in use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana: Is there a cross-over from adolescence to adulthood?
Article
Patterns of major depression and nonmedical use of prescription opioids in the United States
Article
Worldwide Prevalence and Trends in Unintentional Drug Overdose: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Article
State-level medical marijuana laws, marijuana use and perceived availability of marijuana among the general U.S. population
Article
US Traffic Fatalities, 1985–2014, and Their Relationship to Medical Marijuana Laws
 
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