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Meet Public Health 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

Associate Professor and Chair
Dr. Seals teaches Research Methods, Grant Writing and oversees Capstone Projects for the BS and MPH programs. Most recently, she served as a Co-Investigator on many Community Based Participatory Approach projects including a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study of hepatitis among Asian Americans living from Delaware to New York City. She also was Co-Investigator of a CDC REACH grant geared to improve diets among Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino Community Based Organizations serving meals to community members. Another component of the REACH grant works with Asian supermarkets to promote healthier foods and improve store offerings of lower salt, higher fiber and better oil products. Brenda has worked with Native American and African American populations for studies of cancer, HIV, violence and injury, mental health and Health Disparities. With Dr. Greg Seals, she is co-leading studies of the theory of education energy as provided in public health education settings.

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Location: Trenton Hall 221

Carolina Borges

Carolina M. Borges, PhD, MPH, DDS

Associate Professor
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Dr. Borges holds a PhD in Dental Public Health, minor in Oral Epidemiology, completed at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG-Brazil) with a fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH-Boston). She holds a Master is in Public Health, minor in Epidemiology. She also has advanced training in Education, Habilitation in Instructional Design, at University of Wisconsin Stout (UW Stout-USA).
Research interests are in Social Epidemiology, Social Determinants of health-illness, Health inequalities, Oral Health inequalities, and new technologies applied to health. She currently teaches PBH240 Introduction to Epidemiology, PBHG540 Intermediate Epidemiology, and PBH/NUR 301 Perspectives in Global Health.

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Location: Trenton Hall 203

Dr. Marina Celly Martins Ribeiro de Souza, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Souza´s background is on Nursing, Community/Public Health and Gerontology fields. She started her career as a Community Health Nurse in 2005 in Brazil, and continued to advance her knowledge base throughout the years, with the completion of a Master and Ph.D. in Nursing, along with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health and Gerontology. Her clinical focus is Gerontology and Community Public Health.  She currently teaches on both Undergraduate and Graduate (MPH) levels at the Department of Public Health. She has been conducting studies on Health Education and Promotion, Disease Prevention, Gerontology and Aging.

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Location: Trenton Hall 227

Sylvia Twersky PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director

Dr. Twersky holds a PhD from Rutgers School of Public Health in Health Systems and Policy and an MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in public health for over 14 years using a skills and application based approach in the classroom, so that students can have immediate opportunities to apply what they learn.
Dr. Twersky’s research focuses on immigrant and refugee families with an emphasis on healthcare access and outcomes using both qualitative and econometric methods. Most recently, she examined the effects of state policies on access to social safety net services including Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP benefits for these vulnerable groups. She also researches the interaction of functional needs groups, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and emergency preparedness. For a current publication list please visit her Google Scholar page:

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Location: Trenton Hall 112

Natasha Patterson, MPH

Assistant Professor
Ms. Patterson received her Master of Public Health (MPH) and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Temple University and is a PhD Education candidate at Capella University.  She holds a Certificate of Leadership, Next Generation Leadership Academy, from Civitas Learning.  Ms. Patterson comes to us from Montgomery County Community College where she served as the Interim Dean of Health Sciences; prior to that role, she was the Coordinator (and creator) of the Public Health Associate Degree Program; an Assistant Professor and Faculty Diversity Fellow.  She has also held various positions at PITC Institute, Arcadia University, Drexel University, Harcum College and Temple University.  Her areas of interest include: health disparities, opioid addiction, institution and program accreditation, curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, mentoring, advocacy, strategic planning, grant writing, public speaking, program development and management.

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Location: Packer Hall 233

Keli Fazio

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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

Yachao Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Li’s teaching areas include interpersonal communication, health communication, communication theory, and research methods, and current research focuses on the intersection of message production and health disparities.

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Location: Kendall 211


John C. Pollock, Ph.D., M.(I)P.A.

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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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