Andrea Salis, Ph.D., CHES

Title: Andrea S. Salis, Ph.D., Chairperson/Associate Professor, Health, Physical Education and Dance Department
Office: RFK 216A
Telephone: (718) 281-5146


  • CUNY GRADUATE CENTER, New York, NY (2004 – 2010)
    Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Specialization in Learning, Development and Instruction

  • CUNY LEHMAN COLLGE, Bronx, NY (1999 – 2002)
    M.A. Health Education and Promotion
    Scholars Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Education and Promotion

  • UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, Rochester, NY (1994 – 1998)
    B.A. Health and Society
    Distinctions in Health and Society

  • HEBREW UNIVERSITY, Jerusalem, Israel (1997 – 1998)
    Hebrew Language Learning Program, Communal Living and Study Abroad


  • HE 101 Introduction to Health Education Independent Study
  • HE 102 Health, Behavior and Society WI, LC, ASAP, PNET
  • HE 107 Mental Health: Understanding Your Behavior, WI, PNET
  • HE 108 Health and Physical Fitness WI, Service Learning
  • HE 111 Stress Management WI
  • PE 530 Yoga
  • PE 541 Aerobic Exercise, LC
  • College Now: Health & Wellness
  • Continuing Education: PEX 256 Group Fitness Instructor Training


Peer Reviewed

  • Hodges, B., Salis, A. (2016). Building connections: A prototype template for 2-year to 4-year program articulation agreements in public health education. Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol 2(1) 48-53.

  • Salis, A. (2013). Proactive and reactive effects of vigorous exercise on learning and vocabulary comprehension. Journal of Perceptual & Motor Skills: Motor Skills & Ergonomics, 116, 3, 918-928.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Salis, A., Ferrari-Bridgers, F., Kaur, S., Stroumbakis, K., Traver, A., Zhelezcheva, T., (2016). Advancing student success through faculty intentionality in problem-centered learning, Peer Review, Association of American Colleges and Universities Winter/Spring2016 Vol.16 No.1/2.

Conference Proceedings:

  • Salis, A.; Fichera, V.; and Beckford, I., (2015). Assessment of community college students’analytical reasoning skills and engagement in deep learning. NERA Conference Proceedings 2015, Paper 11.

  • Ferarri -Bridgers, F.; Salis, A.; Stroumbakis, K.; Traver, A.; and Zhelecheva, T. (2015). Transparent problem-based learning across the disciplines in the community college context: Issues and impacts. NERA Conference Proceedings 2015. Paper 9.

  • Salis, A.; Monahan, T.; and Armstrong, D., (2014). Use of collaborative assignments to enhance experiential learning in community college health education courses. NERA Conference Proceedings 2014, Paper 4.

  • Salis, A. (2013). The effectiveness of learning communities on students’ knowledge acquisition and perceived self-efficacy. NERA Conference Proceedings Paper 17.
  • Salis, A. (2012). Assessing diverse students’ vocabulary comprehension through context construction. NERA Conference Proceedings Paper 16.


  • Building Blocks to Innovation in Public Health Degree Programs, SOPHE’s Annual Meeting, Igniting Change and Innovation: The Impact of Health Education, Columbus, OH, Apr. 4, 2018

  • The Role of Health Education in the Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Program, SOPHE’s Annual Meeting, Igniting Change and Innovation: The Impact of Health Education, Columbus, OH, Apr. 4, 2018

  • Community Colleges and Public Health: Guided Learning Pathways to Public Health, the League for Innovation in the Community College, 2018 Innovations Conference, National Harbor, MD, Mar. 18, 2018

  • The Role of Faculty Coordinators in Enhancing Student Learning Across the Curriculum and Co-Curriculum, AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, Wash. D.C., Jan. 27, 2018.

  • Meeting Community Needs for Careers in Public Health and Health Navigation. League for Innovation in the Community College, Innovations Conference 2017, San Francisco, CA, March 14, 2017

  • Ensuring Alignment: Transparent Approaches to Faculty Development, HIPs and Assessment. AAC&U General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 24, 2017

  • Launching the Queensborough Public Health Program for the 21st Century. League for Innovation in the Community College, STEM Tech Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 7, 2016

  • All Hands on Deck: A Collaborative Approach to the Queensborough Community College Academies Model. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Chicago, IL, Apr. 11, 2016

  • Investing in Future Health Educators: SOHPE’s Community College Initiative, SOPHE 67th Annual Meeting, Building Capital: Investing in the Future of Health Education, Charlotte, NC, Mar. 30, 2016

  • Student Success at Scale: Guided Pathways, Invited Discussion Panelist, Monroe Community College Rochester, NY, February 23, 2016

  • Guided Learning Pathways: Open Dialogues on Transfer, Transition, and Transformation, AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, Wash. D.C., Jan. 22, 2016

  • Advancing Underserved Student Success through Problem-Based Learning and Transparency Teaching Practices. AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, Wash. D.C., Jan. 21, 2016

  • Getting Students Ready for Integrative and Applied Learning, AAC&U’s Pre-Meeting Symposium:The LEAP Challenge and the Equity Imperative, Wash. D.C., Jan. 20, 2016

  • Testing the Power of Early Engagement in Problem-Centered Inquiry for Student Success – A Research Study. Bringing Quality and Equity Together: Mapping Guided Pathways for First Generation Student Success. A LEAP Centennial Forum Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, New York, NY Nov. 17, 2015

  • Facilitating Culturally Responsive Teaching: Design, Implementation and Assessment, AAC&U Diversity, Learning and Student Success Conference, San Diego, CA, Mar. 26-28, 2015

Grants Awarded

  • Co-Investigator, Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Training Program, NYC Small Business Services and New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH) (2016 – 2017)
  • Principal Investigator, Association of American College & University Project-Centered Learning (2014 – 2015)
  • Project Director, Learning & Leadership Grants Program, National Education Association (2013 – 2014)

  • Co-Investigator, Analytical Writing in the Community College Classroom: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Effectiveness of Self-Regulated Strategy Instruction, QCC-CUNY Pedagogical Research Challenge (2012 – 2013)

  • Principal Investigator, The Effectiveness of Learning Communities on Students’ Knowledge Acquisition and Perceived Self-Efficacy, PSC-CUNY Grant (2011 – 2012)

Academic and Professional Honors

  • Recipient of the Riegelman Awards for Excellence in Public Health and Health Navigation Education in Community Colleges (2017)
  • CUNY Chancellors Reception for Scholarly & Creative Accomplishment of Faculty (2017)
  • Nominee CUNY Award - In recognition of alumni who have devoted their professional careers teaching and working for the City University of New York (Summer, 2016)

  • Featured Session Presenter at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, Advancing Underserved Student Success through Problem-Based Learning and Transparency Teaching Practices (2016)

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Health
  • Cognition and Exercise
  • Learning, Motivation and Self-Regulation

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Russian Ballet performing at the Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.