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Meet Our Faculty

Reflecting the breadth of the program, the Public Health faculty are drawn from across all seven schools at TCNJ. This dynamic group of committed instructors offers teaching, research expertise, and mentorship in health communication, health informatics, health and wellness promotion, anthropology, and medical sociology. Faculty expertise also spans natural sciences, social sciences, health and risk communication, social media, computer science, nursing, health and exercise science, public health, and community health.

Brenda F. Seals, PhD, MPH, MA

Brenda F. Seals, PhD, MPH, MA

Associate Professor and Chair

Office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30pm – 5:00pm by appointment
Location: Trenton Hall 221

Carolina Borges

Carolina Borges

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Graduate Coordinator, Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey, School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science. Office hours: Tuesdays 1:00pm – 2:20pm and Fridays 9:00am – 10:00am by appointment using Dr. Borges’ Google calendar

Location: Trenton Hall 203


Dr. Marina Celly Martins Ribeiro de Souza, PhD

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Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey, Department of Public Health, School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science.

Office hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Trenton Hall 227

Sylvia Twersky

Sylvia Twersky PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Office hours: Monday 2:00pm-3:00pm and Thursday 11am-12pm or by appointment
Location: Trenton Hall 112


Keli Fazo

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Fazio CV

Dr. Keli Steuber Fazio (Ph.D. Penn State, 2009) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Public Health. She teaches courses on interpersonal and lifespan communication, conflict management, and leadership. With over 30 publications in outlets such as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Monographs, Human Reproduction, and Family Issues, Dr. Fazio’s work is presented regularly at national and international conferences. Her recent research focuses on communication and social support related to contexts such as infertility, postpartum depression, women’s leadership, and immigration.

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Location: Kendall 242

Yifeng Hu

Yifeng Hu, PhD

Associate Professor

Hu received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania State University, M.Phil. in Communication from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and B.A. in Journalism from Renmin University of China. Hu’s major area of study is the uses and effects of new media and digital technologies in health communication, with a particular focus on mental health awareness, prevention and treatment. She has a secondary concentration in intercultural communication.

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Location: Kendall 238


John C. Pollock, PhD, M(I)PA

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Degrees and Colleges/Universities:

  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Ph.D. candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • MPA, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse U.
  • BA, Swarthmore College

Fields of Interest:

Health Communication, International Communication, Mass Communication, Content Analysis, Survey Research, Research Methods

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: Kendall 210

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