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GASMS-John Beard

John Beard is a public health physician and epidemiologist who joined the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine as Senior Epidemiologist in January 2006.   He moved to the Academy from Australia, where he was Clinical Professor and Head of the Department of Rural Health (Northern Rivers) with the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University, and he retains links to both those Universities.   John started his career in clinical practice, including several years as medical officer for a community controlled Aboriginal Medical Service.  He then spent more than 10 years in senior positions in public health in Australia, including Manager of Public Health for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, acting Director of Disease Prevention for the state of New South Wales, and Director of Population Health for one of the state’s Area Health Services.  John is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health and the New York Academy of Medicine, and an alumnus of the US National Public Health Leadership Institute.  He is a member of the international editorial board for the journal Public Health, and was a member of the International Scientific Committee for the 2007 conference "Social, Cultural and Economic Determinants of Health: International  Perspectives for Global Action" held in Lisbon, Portugal.    

John has been Chief Investigator on over $A9 million in competitive grants.  His research interests lie in the impact of the physical and social environment on health, with a particular focus on chronic disease, mental health and older adults.  He has been chief investigator on several large longitudinal studies including 45 and Up, a study of 250,000 older Australians.   At the Academy, he is working on a number of projects to explore the influence of the physical and social environment on mental health and aging.  As part of this research he is developing a comprehensive geospatial database of the New York City Environment with colleagues at Columbia University.