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Former Research Director Named Assistant Dean at Duquesne

Michael Forlenza, Ph.D., MPH, has been named assistant dean of Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, effective Aug. 1.

In his new role, his responsibilities will include oversight of all academic programs and supporting the continued growth and success of the school, which is geared toward nontraditional learners. His academic background encompasses biological and behavioral sciences, public health and epidemiology.

Most recently director of strategic research at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, Forlenza brings a wealth of academic and nonprofit expertise to the position. His previous experience includes serving as an assistant professor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, and as a research associate at the Sociobehavioural Research Centre of the British Columbia Cancer Agency.

Forlenza received his bachelor's degrees in psychology and biology at Hunter College – the City University of New York, his master’s and doctoral degrees in biological and health psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and his Master of Public Health in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina.

Before becoming an academician, Forlenza was a professional dancer, personal fitness trainer and massage therapist. He combined and applied those interests in investigating the ways the mind and body connect and influence the development of chronic illness.

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