William D. Kernan, EdD

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EMAIL: kernanw@wpunj.edu
PHONE: 973-720-3479
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William Kernan is a professor of public health at William Paterson University and has more than 20 years of experience developing collegiate and community-based substance abuse prevention programs. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and has designed intervention programs targeting prescription opioid and heroin abuse and psychoeducational programs about marijuana. 

For the past six years, Dr. Kernan has served as the research director for a grant-funded, county-wide substance abuse prevention coalition, United for Prevention in Passaic County (UPinPC). He is currently the primary investigator on several grant-funded substance abuse prevention programs, including a program aimed at reducing opioid abuse among young athletes and a city-wide coalition aimed at reducing adolescent alcohol and marijuana use. Dr. Kernan has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on the topic of substance use and abuse among medical, dental, nursing, and biomedical graduate students. 


Kernan, W.D. (2019, forthcoming). “Health-related impediments to learning among undergraduate dental and oral surgery students,” Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 47(1), TBD.

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., 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., Wheat, M.W. (2008). “Nursing students' perceptions of the academic impact of various health issues,” Nurse Educator, 33(5), 215-219.