Kozlowski Named Interim Dean of School of Public Health and Health Professions

By Arthur Page

Release Date: September 24, 2007 This content is archived.


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Lynn Kozlowski has been named interim dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Health Behavior in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been named interim dean of the school effective Sept. 24.

He will succeed Maurizio Trevisan, M.D., M.S., founding dean of the school, who next month will become vice chancellor and chief executive officer of the University of Nevada Health Sciences System, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., UB vice president for health sciences, said a national search for a new dean for the school will be launched in the near future, with the goal of having that individual in place as soon as possible.

Kozlowski joined the faculty of the school a year ago to head the then new Department of Health Behavior. A leader in the field and international leader in smoking cessation, he previously was professor and head of biobehavioral health in the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University.

Kozlowski's primary interest is smoking and health. He has published more than 100 papers in the field, and research in that area will be a major component of the new UB department.

A graduate of Wesleyan University, he holds two master's degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he held a two-year National Science Foundation Traineeship and a two-year New York State Herbert Lehman Fellowship.

He also spent a year at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on a National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse post-doctoral traineeship.

Prior to his tenure at Penn State, Kozlowski taught at the University of Toronto for 10 years and was on staff at the Addiction Research Foundation in Toronto, Canada, for 11 years. He was head of the foundation's Biobehavioral Research on Tobacco Use unit when he joined Penn State's biobehavioral health faculty in 1990. He was named head of the department in 1993.

Kozlowski has served on the editorial board of several scientific journals and is a fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. In 2003 he won the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. He is a resident of Amherst.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York. The School of Public Health and Health Professions is one of five schools that constitute UB's Academic Health Center. UB's more than 27,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.