Department of Public Health
Dr. William Kernan
Office: Hunziker Wing 139
Office Hours: By appointment. Please call: 973-720-2394
Department: Public Health
Position: Associate Professor & Chairperson
Area Specialization: Community-Based Research & Evaluation, Global Health/Food Systems, Substance Abuse Prevention, Cultural Competence
Ed.D., Health Education, Health & Behavior Studies, Columbia University Teachers College, New York, NY
M.P.A., Public Health Administration, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
M.S., Health Education, Columbia University Teachers College. New York, NY
B.A., Biological Sciences & English Literature, State University of New York - Potsdam, NY
MCHES, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Kernan, W.D., Bogart, J. & Wheat, M.W. (2011). Health-related barriers to academic success among graduate students. Health Education, 111(5), 425-445.
Kernan, W.D., Bogart, J., & Wheat, M.W. (2010). Self-compassion, burnout, and the academic impact of student health concerns. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
Kernan, W.D., & Lepore, S.J. (2009) Searching for and making meaning after breast cancer: Prevalence, patterns, and negative affect. Social Science & Medicine, 68(6), 1176-1182.
Kernan, W.D., Wheat, M.W., & Bogart, J. (2009). Academic impacts of various health concerns in clinical and non-clinical health sciences students. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37(1src); 69.
Kernan, W.D., Wheat, M.W., & Bogart, J. (2009). Quality of life and the health behaviors of students studying the health professions. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37(1src); 71.
Kernan, W.D., Wheat, M.W., & Lerner, B.A. (2008). Linking learning and health: A pilot study of medical students' perceptions of the academic impact of various health issues. Academic Psychiatry, 32(1), 61-64.
Kernan, W.D. & Lepore, S.J. (2008). Searching for and making meaning after breast cancer; Prevalence, patterns, and negative affect. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35(1s); 232.
Kernan, W.D. & Wheat, M.W. (2008). Nursing students' perceptions of the academic impact of various health issues. Nurse Educator, 33(5), 215-219.
Lepore, S.J. & Kernan, W.D. (2008). Positive outcomes in the context of serious illness: An expanded social-cognitive processing model. In Medical Illness and Positive Life Change – Can Crisis Lead to Personal Transformation?; Park C., Lechner, S., Stanton, A, & Antoni, M, Eds. American Psychological Association.
Kernan W.D. (2000). The Baby Mall – A Cultural Diversity Training Manual for College Students, copyright William Kernan.
Kernan, W.D. (1997). School Canteen Food and Nutrition Manual, United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP); Conakry, Guinea, West Africa.
Kernan, W.D. (1997). Dietary Deficiency Malnutrition, A Training Manual, United States Peace Corps; Washington D.C., USA.
Kernan, W.D. (1996). A Nutrition Workbook for Peace Corps Volunteers in Malawi, United States Peace Corps; Lilongwe, Malawi, East Africa.
(2011-2016) The Passaic County Coalition - Funding for Regional Coalitions to Utilize Envrionmental Strategies to Acheive Population-Level Change. New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, $750,000
(2009-2011) The New Jersey Higher Education Consortium Project to Prevent and Reduce Alcohol Abuse. United States Department of Education, $375,000
(2008-2010) WPU/Community-Based Effort to Prevent Underage Drinking; New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control with federal funding provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Block Grant program. (W. Kernan, Grant Evaluator)
Current Research Projects
Community-based substance abuse prevention programs: research skills, cultural competence & social epidemiology
The relationship between health status and academic performance among health sciences graduate students
Cross-cultural issues and implications for school nurses
Related Professional Experience
Child Survival Officer/United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Chintheche Rural Hospital, Chintheche, Malawi, East Africa
Micronutrient Deficiency Malnutrition Trainer, United States Peace Corps, Lilongwe, Malawi, East Africa
Nutrition Monitoring Specialist, United Nations World Food Programme, N'Zerekore, Guinea, West Africa
Community Food Systems Coordinator, Global Outreach, Mexico City, Mexico
Lecturer in Global Health and Micronutrient Malnutrition, New International School of Thailand (NIST), Bangkok, Thailand.
Director, Center for Student Wellness, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Director of Health Education, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Health Research Methods I, Health Research Methods II, Global Health Issues, Cultural Dimensions of Health, Food and Community, Disparities in Health, Stress Management