Department of Public Health

Dr. William Kernan

William Kernan

Office:   University Hall 373
Phone:   973-720-3479
Office Hours:   By appointment. Please call: 973-720-2394

Department: Public Health
Position: Professor & Chairperson
Area Specialization: Health Education, Substance Abuse Prevention, Research Methods, Global Health & Food Systems, Cultural Competence, Program Evaluation, Community Needs Assessment


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., Biology & English Literature, State University of New York - Potsdam, NY

MCHES, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Basch, C. H., Cadorett, V., MacLean, S. A., Hillyer, G. C., & Kernan, W. D. (2017). Attitudes and behaviors related to sun-safety in college students. Journal of Community Health, 1-6.

Kernan, W.D., Basch, C.H., & Cadorett, V. (2017). Using mind mapping to identify research topics: A lesson for teaching research methods.  Pedagogy in Health Promotion. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1177/2373379917719729

Basch, C. H., & Kernan, W. D. (2017). Ingredients in children’s fluoridated toothpaste: A literature review.  Global Journal of Health Science, 9(3), 1-12.

Basch, C. H., Kernan, W. D., & Menafro, A. (2016). Presence of candy and snack food at checkout in chain ctores: Results of a pilot study. Journal of Community Health, 1-4.

Kernan, W. D., & Basch, C. H. (2016). When the Levees Broke: A teaching tool to initiate discussions in undergraduate teaching of health disparities. Pedagogy in Health Promotion3(1), 50-55.

Basch, C. H., Kernan, W. D., & Reeves, R. (2016). Family fun or cultural free-for-all? A critique of the 2015 National Football League Super Bowl commercials. Health Promotion Perspectives6(1), 37.

Marshall, B., Gonzales, G., & Kernan, W. (2016). Evaluating Por Nuestra Salud: A feasibility study. Health Promotion Practice17(1), 137-145.

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. 39, 233.

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.

Book Chapter

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.

Encyclopedia Entries

Kernan, W.D., (2016). The following entries in Teichroew, J. K. (Ed.). Chronic Diseases: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Effects, and Treatments [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. Allied Health Professionals (p. 42-44), Alternative Medicine (p. 47-51), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (p. 205-7), Environment (p. 301-5), and Global Health (p. 358-60).

Training Manuals

Kernan, W.D., (2016). Facilitator's Toolkit for a Photovoice Project (Editor), United for Prevention in Passaic County (UPinPC), funded by a grant received from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Serivces (NJDMHAS).

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.


(2015-2018) VISTA Collective Impact Grant. Corporation for National Community Service through New Jersey Campus Compact, $48,000

(2014-2019) Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS). New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (NJDMHAS), $480,000

(2011-2019) The Passaic County Coalition - Funding for Regional Coalitions to Utilize Environmental Strategies to Achieve Population-Level Change. New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (NJDMHAS), $1,125,000

(2009-2011) The New Jersey Higher Education Consortium Project to Prevent and Reduce Alcohol Abuse. United States Department of Education (USDOE), $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

Outcomes of community-based substance abuse prevention programs

Data usage among community-based substance abuse prevention workers

Food insecurity among college students

Cross-cultural issues and implications for school nurses

Related Professional Experience

Research Director and Data Team Chair, United for Prevention in Passaic County (UPinPC)

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

Courses Taught:

Program Planning, Methods of Health Education, Global Health Issues, Cultural Dimensions of Health, Food and Community, Health Research Methods I, Health Research Methods II, Disparities in Health, Stress Management, Public Health Practice, Introduction to Public Health, Internship in Public Health and Public Health Education