Component Authors

Assigned Institution

Columbia University, New York, NY


Team Lead

Rita Kukafka, DrPH, MA

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) and the Mailman School of Public Health (Sociomedical Sciences), and Director of the Health Communication and Informatics Laboratory at DBMI, Columbia University

Dr. Kukafka maintains an active, funded program of research and publication in public health informatics while being engaged in major leadership roles in the field. Her research is at the crossroads of Biomedical Informatics and Public Health and focuses on the use of Web 2.0 technologies (social software) to develop and strengthen communities and people-networks, and use of participatory action methods for re-engineering, system design and evaluation. One area of research is computer interventions for chronic disease self-management, health promotion and informed decision-making, patient-focused electronic health records and personal health records, tailoring health communication, and interactive computer graphics for communicating health risk probabilities to patients. Another area of her research focuses on how theory from the behavioral sciences can be applied to advance our understanding and to improve our capacity to implement information technology systems into health care organizations. She is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors and she is a past chair of that organization's Working Group on Consumer Health Informatics. 


Primary Contributing Authors

Lynda Carlson, Ph.D

Director of Health Information Technology at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)


Michael Buck, PhD

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDHMH) and Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Columbia University


Anna Ritko, PhD Candidate

Content Specialist, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University


Winfred Wu, MD

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (PCIP)


Sarah Shih, MPH

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (PCIP)


Marlena Plagianos, MS

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (PCIP)


Lecture Narration

Joel Richards


Sound Engineer

Acacia Graddy-Gamel

Columbia University, New York, NY


Team Members

Syncia Sabain, EdD

Project Manager, Columbia University


Elizabeth Oliver, BCC

Content Specialist, Bronx Community College


Madhabi Chatterji, PhD

Curriculum Developer, Teachers College, Columbia University


John Allegrante, PhD

Curriculum Developer, Teachers College, Columbia University


John Zimmerman, DDS

Instructional Designer, Columbia University


Cindy Smalletz, MA

Instructional Designer, Columbia University


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