Samantha Garbers, PhD works with a diverse range of clinical- and community-based stakeholders to develop, adapt, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions to improve public health for diverse populations including sexual and gender minority youth and adults, adolescent males and women seeking reproductive health care, Latinx and Black communities, and individuals with limited health literacy. Using her training as an epidemiologist, Dr. Garbers works with stakeholders to integrate rigorous methods for process and outcome evaluation into interventions, with a focus on reproductive health. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator of an NIMHD-funded study to develop and test an intervention integrating mind-body integrative health approaches with sleep hygiene to improve sleep among teens served in school-based health centers (SBHCs) in NYC. She is also leading a study assessing experiences with receiving contraceptive care using telehealth among adolescents served by SBHCs. She recently served as Lead Evaluator for a federally-funded randomized controlled trial of a motivational interviewing intervention for teen pregnancy prevention among young men. In addition to serving as Curriculum Director for the Department, she conducts evaluations and applied research to improve student engagement in public health courses, leveraging secondary data and primary data to drive evidence-based insights to improve learning. She also partners with hospital- and community-based providers to expand their community and population health work. At Mailman, Dr. Garbers teaches Quantitative Data Analysis; Planning, Managing & Communicating for Evidence-Based Public Health; and Program Planning & Evaluation in the Core. She also serves as Co-Lead for the Public Health Research Methods certificate. Dr. Garbers received her PhD in Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, and an MPA in Health Policy & Management from New York University.
Honors & Awards
Outstanding Researcher Award, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (2011)
William Farr Prize in Epidemiology (2012)
Calderone Junior Faculty Research Award (2016)
Core Teaching Award (2018)
Innovation in Teaching Award (2021)
Garbers S, March D, Kornfeld J, Baumgartner SR, Wiggin M, Westley LA, Ballesteros-Gonzalez D, Delva M, Fried LP. Columbia University Master of Public Health Core Curriculum: Implementation, Student Experience, and Learning Outcomes, 2013-2018. Public Health Reports. 2022 Jan 1:0033354921999162.
Garbers, S., Umar, N.Q., Hand, R.E., Usseglio, J., Gold, M.A. and Bruzzese, J.M., 2021. Mind–Body Integrative Health (MBIH) Interventions for Sleep Among Adolescents: A Scoping Review of Implementation, Participation and Outcomes. Adolescent Research Review, pp.1-25.
Garbers S, Falletta KA, Srinivasulu S, et al. If You Don t Ask, I m Not Going to Tell You: Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Inform Pregnancy Intention Screening Processes for Black and Latina Women in Primary Care. Womens Health Issues. 2019 Sep 24.
Garbers S, Heck CJ, Gold MA, Santelli JS, Bersamin M. Providing culturally competent care for LGBTQ youth in school-based health centers: A needs assessment to guide quality of care improvements. The Journal of School Nursing. 2018 Dec;34(6):424-9.
Garbers S, Hunersen K, Nechitilo M, Fisch M, Bell DL, Byrne MW, Gold MA. Healthy Weight and Cardiovascular Health Promotion Interventions for Young Adult Men of Color: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Mens Health. 2018 May 1: 10; epub ahead of print. doi:1177/1557988318777923.
Garbers S, Bell DL, Ogaye K, Marcell AV, Westhoff CL, Rosenthal SL. Advance provision of emergency contraception to young men: An exploratory study in a clinic setting. Contraception. 2018 Aug 1;98(2):106-9.
Garbers S, McDonnell C, Fogel SC, Eliason M, Ingraham N, McElroy JA, Radix A, Haynes SG. Aging, weight, and health among adult lesbian and bisexual women: a metasynthesis of the multisite Healthy Weight in Lesbian and Bisexual Women focus groups. LGBT Health. 2015; 2(2): 176-187.
Garbers S, Meserve A, Kottke M, Hatcher RA, Ventura A, Chiasson MA. Randomized controlled trial of a computer-based module to improve contraceptive method choice. Contraception 2012; 86(4): 383-390.
Garbers S, Friedman A, Martinez O, Scheinmann R, Bermudez D, Silva M, Silverman J, Chiasson MA. Adapting the Get Yourself Tested campaign to reach Black and Latino sexual minority youth. Health Promotion Practice 2016; 17(5): 739-50.
Garbers S, Flandrick K, Bermudez D, Meserve A, Chiasson MA. Improving contraceptive choice for family planning patients: a comprehensive process evaluation of fidelity of implementation highlights the gap between effectiveness and efficacy. Health Promotion Practice 2014; 15(6): 894-903.