Profile: Dona Schneider


Professor Schneider earned PhD and MPH degrees from Rutgers University in 1988 and 1990 respectively. She holds graduate faculty appointments in the Departments of Geography; Human Dimensions of Environmental Change; Urban Planning and Policy Development; and the UMDNJ School of Public Health. Dona is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and a medical geographer by training. Over the past two decades, Dona has received numerous awards for academic achievement, teaching and public service, including election to Delta Omega, the honorary society for public health. She is particularly proud of the fact that she has taught basic epidemiologic methods for bioterrorism to more than 1,000 first responders and core epidemiologic methods to more than 2,000 college and graduate students entering the public health profession. In addition to her research agenda, she holds large service contracts for HIV/AIDS prevention and asthma reduction in New Jersey. Dona has co-authored several books, including Public Health-The Development of a Discipline (with David Lilienfeld); Children’s Environmental Health (with Natalie Freeman); Environmentally Devastated Neighborhoods (with Michael Greenberg ), and American Childhood: Risks and Realities. Her writings appear in over 75 different professional journals and academic presses.

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