CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH) announces that Christian Grov has taken over the position of chair for the department of Community Health and Social Sciences (CHASS), while outgoing chair Diana Romero and outgoing deputy chair Sandra Echeverria step down. The departmental changes took effect on July 1, 2018.
Drs. Romero and Echeverria have served in their chair and deputy chair roles since the department’s inception in 2016 within the newly consolidated school of public health. CUNY SPH gratefully acknowledge their thoughtful leadership of and advocacy for the faculty, students, and staff of CHASS, particularly during the challenging initial days of the school’s transition.
Dr. Grov has been on faculty with CUNY since 2008, spending his first eight years at Brooklyn College before SPH consolidated to its new Harlem campus in 2015. He is also an investigator with the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health and will remain so in his new role as chair. Dr. Grov’s research focuses on the sexual health and well-being of sexual minority individuals, particularly gay and bisexual men. He has co-authored more than 130 publications and is presently principal investigator of the Together 5,000 (T5K) cohort study. T5K has enrolled and is longitudinally following nearly nine thousand individuals from across the US who are at risk for acquiring HIV.
“I am thrilled to undertake this new journey as chair. I see this as an opportunity to grow the research portfolio of the department while simultaneously maintaining our outstanding record of teaching and mentorship for our graduate students,” said Grov.
As Dr. Grov assumes his new responsibilities, Drs. Romero and Echeverria will rededicate themselves to their scholarly and teaching endeavors.