About the School of Health Professions
Hunter’s Institute of Health Sciences, dedicated to the educational preparation of a range of health care professions, opened its doors on East 106th Street in 1968. Six years later, the Institute became the School of Health Sciences and moved downtown to the Brookdale Campus. Today Hunter College’s School of Health Professions’ mission is the education of the next generation of health care professionals in the areas of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Physical Therapy. These professionals will work in health care centers, schools, organizations and private practice to improve the lives of those they assist through direct service delivery, research and education.
Brookdale Health Science Center
425 East 25th Street
New York NY 10010
Gail C. McCain
530W, Brookdale Campus
School Director: Marilyn Iris Auerbach
6th Floor West
Graduate Programs in the School of Health Professions
Brookdale Center for Health Aging and Longevity of Hunter College
Brookdale Campus (BC) 13th floor, North Building; (212) 481-3780
The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity of Hunter College is a multi-disciplinary center of excellence dedicated to the advancement of successful aging and longevity through research, policy analysis, advocacy, education, and the development of evidence-based practice models. The Center is supported by funding from Hunter College, grants from philanthropic and corporate foundations, grants and contracts from federal, state, and local governments, and contributions from the general public.
The Center includes the Sadin Institute for Law and Public Policy and the Jacob Reingold Institute for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Current projects address legal rights of older people, elder abuse prevention, neighborhood-based determinants of healthy urban aging, community-based models of chronic disease management and prevention, emergency preparedness, and emerging policy issues affecting older populations.
Center for Urban and Community Health
Brookdale Campus (BC) 10th floor West Building; (646) 733-2862
The Center for Urban and Community Health seeks to help New York City community organizations and human-service agencies to develop effective programs for the control of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, tuberculosis, violence, asthma, and related threats to health. By providing training, helping in program development, and conducting research and evaluation, the center enables communities that have been most adversely affected by these intersecting epidemics to mobilize for health.
Current projects are based in city jails, public high schools, community organizations and after-school programs. The center is funded by grants from several private foundations and city, state and federal governments.
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Brookdale Campus (BC) 1028 West Building; (212) 481-4357
The Hunter College Center for Occupational and Environmental Health was established in 1986 to improve workplace and environmental health by assisting worker and community efforts to understand and ameliorate hazardous conditions. The center conducts training classes to assist labor unions, government agencies and other groups to strengthen their capacity to respond to workplace hazards; assists communities in addressing urban environmental concerns; and sponsors graduate student internships in occupational and environmental health.
Current areas of interest and study include asbestos, lead poisoning, hazardous waste and materials, asthma, air pollution, ergonomics and public health policy. The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is funded by federal and state grants, labor unions and private foundations.
Center for Communication Disorders
The Hunter College Center for Communication Disorders (Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic) is located at the Brookdale Health Sciences campus, 425 East 25 St., Room 133 North. The Center is an integral part of the Communication Sciences Program. The Center provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for a wide variety of language, speech, voice, fluency, swallowing, hearing, communication modality, and social communication disorders. Audiological services include complete audiological evaluations, auditory processing disorder testing, and auditory brainstem response assessment with state of the art instrumentation. Services are available to the Hunter College community as well as the general public. Appointments can be made by calling (212) 481-4464.
Academic Services for Faculty, Students and Staff
Hunter Health Professions Library (HPL)
The Hunter Health Professions Library (HPL) is located on the Brookdale Campus and is open 74 hours a week. HPL supports the curricular and research needs of the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the Hunter School of Health Sciences. It also serves several research institutes at Brookdale, namely the Brookdale Center on Aging, the Center for Community and Urban Health, and the Center for Environmental & Occupational Health. The library has 26,500 volumes and 224 professional journals housed in its 10,000 sq./ft. In addition, full-text articles from over 50,000 journals are accessible via the library’s electronic resources. The library provides seating for 212 (156 in the library and 56 computers).
Health Professions Education Center (HPEC)
Brookdale West Building
Health Professions Education Center
Brookdale West Building
Ms. Alla Vasilenko
Mr. Devin Ruffin
The Health Professions Education Center (HPEC) supports student learning and faculty teaching in the health professions by providing state-of-the-art instructional media and technology, audio/visual support, and highly specialized computer learning modules, which enhance the curricula of the School of Nursing, School of Public Health, Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging and Longevity, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Center for Community and Urban Health, and the Center for Communication Disorders.
The HPEC offers a unique service in that it approaches learning from a transdisciplinary perspective and combines traditional approaches to teaching with media-enhanced instruction and new technologies.
The HPEC provides a wide range of services to students and faculty, including:
- Access to the largest collection of health-related videos and instructional media within CUNY
- Computer-aided instruction through the use of educational software and virtual training technologies.
- State board testing preparation, where students gain a mastery of their disciplines through cutting-edge software.
- PC labs, multimedia study carrels, and reserve materials, including anatomical models and high resolution slides for use as visual aids.
- Smart classroom, distance learning, and audio/visual support for all Brookdale classes.
- Beta testing and evaluation of new instructional media, allowing us to continually update and expand our media collection.
- Consultation with faculty on embedding instructional technology into their syllabi to enhance the classroom learning experience, as well as into their research projects, trainings, and other activities.
- Development of strategic partnerships with vendors in order to provide a growing range of services to faculty, staff, and students.
- Development and administration of e-learning initiatives, online testing, and digital content.
Faculty and students from all Hunter College schools and departments are always welcome to view the many resources available at the HPEC.
The center maintains regular office hours throughout the academic year, Monday-Thursday 9AM-9PM and Fridays 9AM-5PM.
School of Health Professions Faculty
Suzanne Babyar, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy; PhD, NYU, stroke, movement science, orthopedic assessment and treatment, neurorehabilitation
Giulia Bencini, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences; PhD, Illinois-Champaign Urbana; language acquisition, language processing, neurolinguistics, aphasia, dementia
Paul Cascella, Professor, Communication Sciences; PhD, Connecticut; developmental disabilities, augmentative communication, stuttering, phonology
Nancy Eng, Associate Professor, Communication Sciences; PhD, CUNY; typical language development bilingual speakers, specific language impairment
Elizabeth E. Galletta, Assistant Professor; PhD, CUNY; aphasia, dementia, stuttering, translational applications of therapy techniques
Michele MacCroy Higgins, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences; PhD, CUNY; typical language acquisition, language and phonological disorders in children, autism spectrum disorders
Thomas Holland, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy; PhD, NYU, kinesiology, stroke rehabilitation, wound care and prevention, electrotherapy
Herbert Karpatkin, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy; PhD, Rocky Mountain University; multiple sclerosis, neurorehabilitation, neuroplasticity
Gary Krasilovsky, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy; PhD, NYU, Parkinson’ s disease and neurological rehabilitation
Milo Lipovac, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy; PhD, Belgrade, neuroanatomy and physiology, pharmacology
Michele MacCroy Higgins, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences; PhD, CUNY; typical language acquisition, language and phonological disorders in children
Susan Pivko, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy; PhD, UMDNJ; clinical education, spine, performing artists/musicians, elite athletes
John Preece, Professor, Communication Sciences; PhD, Iowa, rehabilitative audiology, tinnitus, cochlear implants
Elaine Rosen, Professor, Physical Therapy; DHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, University of St. Augustine, orthopedic management of extremities and spine
Carol R. Silverman, Professor, Communication Sciences; PhD, NYU, diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology, medical audiology
Donald Vogel, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences; AuD, Central Michigan, pediatric difficult-to-test populations, vestibular and audiometric graphics
Dava Waltzman, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences; PhD, CUNY, preschool and school age language development and disorders, cultural and linguistic diversity
Susan Wortsman, Instructor, Communication Sciences; MA, City College; diagnostic audiology, pediatric audiology, patient counseling