Dr. Sonali Rajan is an Assistant Professor of Health Education in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.  

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Sonali Rajan

My research is focused on identifying patterns of risk behaviors among adolescent youth; implementing and evaluating school-based health education programs; and identifying environmental-level characteristics that influence health behaviors among urban youth and communities.  In line with the approach of the “whole child”, my research embraces a comprehensive definition of “health”, recognizing that the synergy between multiple health issues and the surrounding environments together inform long-term outcomes.  

For the past several years, I have worked on the implementation and evaluation of health education and behavioral health initiatives aimed to mitigate youth engagement in high-risk behaviors and promote positive development. 

I have an emerging line of research in the area of aggression and violence prevention in schools and am focused on supporting efforts aimed at reducing the presence of firearms in K-12 school settings.  

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, my Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics from Teachers College, Columbia University, and my Doctor of Education degree in Health Education also from Teachers College.  I completed my post-doctoral training at the National Development and Research Institutes from 2010 - 2012 and joined the faculty here at Teachers College in September 2012.





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