Lynn Tepper

Lynn Tepper

Lynn Tepper

Clinical Professor
Behavioral Science (In Sociomedical Sciences and Dentistry)
Director, Behavioral Science Department, CDM


College of Physicians and Surgeons Building, 630 West 168 Street, P&S 3, Room 452
New York New York USA 10032


Dr. Lynn Tepper's research focuses on the behavioral aspects of health promotion and disease prevention, with emphasis on anxiety-related medical and dental interventions, tobacco use, the application of theoretical models of health behaviors, and healthy aging. With more than 30 professional papers, book chapters, and textbooks, important products of her research have been the development of multidisciplinary health behavior assessment instruments, in both English and Spanish, for people with behavioral concerns related to the maintenance of health and the prevention of disease, as well as the testing of interventional protocols, which have been proven successful with older patients. Dr. Tepper is the primary investigator for three NIH-funded projects, and two U.S. Department of Education grants. In addition to her Columbia responsibilities, she officiates on community board committees related to long term care and the aging population.



PhD, , Columbia University
EdD, , Columbia University
MA, , Columbia University
MS, , Wayne State University
BS, , SUNY Buffalo

Editorial Boards

Editoral Board, Journal of Thanatology
Editorial Board, Journal of Gerontology
Editoral Board, Journal of Dental Education

Other Affiliations

Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
Fellow, Brookdale Center on Aging
Officer, Board of Directors, Aging in America, Morningside Nursing Home
Member, Board of Directors, Aging in America, Morningside Nursing Home
Member, Board of Directors, The Foundation for Long Term Care
Member, Board of Directors, Association for Homes and Services for the Aged

Honors & Awards

Heft Scholar, Columbia University, 1980
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 1990
Delegate, White House Conference on Aging,1980, 1990, 1995
Who's Who in Gerontology, 1988-present
Who's Who in America, 2000-present

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Gerontology, Cancer Screening, Minority Health, Social / Cultural Issues, Dental and Oral Health, Physician Education, Public Health Education, Smoking (Tobacco)

Select Urban Health Activities

Medical and Dental Fear and Anxiety Project: Dr. Tepper is examining the origins, diagnosis, and treatment of anxiety related to medical and dental treatment. She heads up a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students investigating this major barrier to health promotion and disease prevention, specifically within the NYC Hispanic Population. health
Tobacco Cessation Program: Dr. Tepper is a clinician and the director of research for the Tobacco Cessation Clinical Program, Columbia University Medical Center, which specializes in tobacco cessation intervention for adults and the elderly. She also provides training for students, faculty, and practitioners regarding the delivery of tobacco cessation interventions for their patients who use tobacco products.
Colorectal Health Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviors: Colorectal cancer incidences and mortality rates are the highest among older African Americans. Dr. Tepper is currently heading-up a research team that seeks to identify the barriers to colorectal cancer screening among African-Americans residing in Brooklyn, New York. Future plans include the development of a curriculum guide for training a naturally-occuring resource for social support (hairstylists) to deliver colorectal health promotion information to their customers, thereby increasing screening rates and decreasing mortality.

Select Global Activities

Lifelong Health and Aging: The collaboration between US and United Kingdom educators and researchers on lifelong health and aging, with an emphasis on addressing the mental health issues of older adults, based on longitudinal research in both the US and the UK.
European Conferences on Developmental Psychology: European and American developmental psychologists collaborating on developmental research on children, adults, and the elderly. Dr. Tepper's focus is on "Indicators of Mental Health in Later Life."

Select Publications

Tepper L, Cassidy T Perspectives on Aging Springer Publishing Co New York 2004
Tepper L, Toner J Respite Care Charles Press Philadelphia, PA 1993
Tepper L, Toner J Long Term Care Charles Press Phhiladelphia, PA 1993
Tepper L, Seidman D, Albert D Serving the Underserved and Hard-core Smokers Journal of Dental Education 66 443-439 2002
Tepper L Older Americans: Paying Attention to Oral Health Journal of City Health 20 7-9 2001

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