Our research looks at every facet of how social and economic factors impact human health, involving robust collaborations between faculty, students, and community-based organizations. 

Research Centers

A complete list of all research centers in the department of Sociomedical Sciences. 

Gender, Adolescent Transitions, and Environment

GATE is dedicated to improving the lives of adolescents and women around the world through addressing issues related to pubertal health transitions, menstrual hygiene management (MHM), and access to sanitation. 

Faculty Spotlight

Kate Lovero's research aims to improve the prevention and treatment of adolescent mental health problems in low-resource settings, focusing particularly on low- and middle-income countries.

The Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Enhances the current and future public health workforce's ability to effectively deliver the Essential Public Health Services (EPHS) to the populations of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Columbia Mailman Launches Free Course on the Global Menstrual Movement

 Columbia Mailman School’s GATE (Gender, Adolescent Transitions, and Environment) Program launched the world’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the global menstrual movement.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jessie Ford is a sociologist whose research explores how expectations around gender and sexuality shape sexual health, violence and pleasure.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. DuPont-Reyes is an interdisciplinary public health scholar that centers her research on issues of health equity in population mental health among young and diverse populations. 

Schools Often Respond to Student Health Needs with Discipline

Schools with students who have higher levels of substance use and depressed feelings have a higher prevalence of school discipline and school-based police contact, according to a study by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers.

Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation

SHIFT is a comprehensive research project that will examine the individual, interpersonal, and structural factors that shape sexual health and misconduct for undergraduates.

Faculty Spotlight

Christian T. Gloria studies the protective and resilience factors that enable people to adapt, grow, and thrive against chronic stress and adversity.