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

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
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.

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.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

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.