Roles and Responsibilities
The Associate Vice President (AVP) leads, advances and oversees the comprehensive environmental health and safety program for Columbia University. A team oriented and integrated program is implemented across all campuses of the University including the Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), Morningside Heights (MS), Manhattanville (MHV), Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and Nevis Campus; Barnard College; New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI/RFMH); and the New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) - Columbia campus Radiation Clinical Program. Kathleen is responsible for providing professional leadership and administrative direction to ensure the quality management of such programs and for maintaining a safety culture and ensuring compliance. EH&S is one-stop for all safety matters including biological, chemical, environmental, industrial hygiene, fire life safety, and radiation. The safety and health programs were integrated, creating a model leadership program. In collaboration with the research community and facilities, a proactive safety program coupled with a comprehensive waste management programs for hazardous, radioactive, universal, and regulated waste with a focus on reduce, reuse, and recycle is in place.
Before joining Columbia University, Kathleen worked at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital and fulfilled various positions including Director of Occupational Health Services, Administrator for House Staff, and staff Physician Assistant. She holds both a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) Environmental Health Sciences and received the I. Bernard Weinstein Academic Excellence Award. Kathleen is a certified Physician Assistant with a Bachelor of Science and Physician Assistant Certificate from SUNY Stony Brook Health Sciences. Her professional interests include occupational medicine, workplace safety and prevention, environmental stewardship, emergency management and leadership.
Kathleen currently serves on the MSPH DrPH Strategic Planning Committee; has served on the MSPH Alumni Board of Directors (2005-2018), is a past president and a member of the Governance Committee which includes selection of the annual Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award and the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. She is the founding editor of the e-Mailman, the Newsletter of the Alumni Association. Kathleen is a 2017 recipient of the University’s highest Alumni Medal Award where alumni are recognized for building Columbia's community. She has served on several other boards including the American Association of Physician Assistants in Occupational Medicine (AAPA-OM), The Hospital Employee Health Directors of Greater New York, and the Advisory Board for the Mt. Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Occupational Health Clinical Center.
Kathleen is proud to be a member of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) Women’s Leadership Advisory Group, including participation as a panelist for Women Leading Change, Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend (2016) and co-chair of the University’s inaugural Women’s Conference, She Opened the Door (February 2018). She is currently a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force 2023 and the Alumni Medalist Committee (2019-2023).
In her spare time, she spends time with family and friends as an avid skier, hiker and enjoys training for Half-iron (70.3) and Olympic triathlons.