New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Jessie Christine Gruman Receives Honorary Doctorate From NYU

May 13, 2009
N-456, 2008-09

New York University President John Sexton today bestowed an honorary doctorate on the health and healthcare policy advocate Jessie Christine Gruman at NYU’s 177th Commencement Exercises in Yankee Stadium. Over 25,000 graduates, faculty, staff, and guests attended the morning ceremony.

The following citation was read in conferring the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, on Jessie Christine Gruman:

Jessie Christine Gruman-social psychologist, founder, president and executive director of the independent, nonpartisan, Washington-based Center for Advancing Health, you have spearheaded the effort to create an America where all are prepared to live a healthy life and make effective choices about their health care. Born in Berea, Kentucky, educated at Vassar College, you went on to Columbia University, where you earned your Ph.D. As project officer for the National Cancer Institute, you designed and implemented a vibrant nine-year effort to reduce national smoking prevalence through policy change, advocacy, and citizen involvement. Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University, highly sought-after keynote speaker, esteemed journalist and author, you have written that you “want people to know how to take care of themselves and pay attention to the urgency of their situation even when their heart is broken.” Your unique collection of personal stories and hard scientific information is called AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You-or Someone You Love-a Devastating Diagnosis, a critically acclaimed book that includes the searing account of your own amazing journey through illness and one that is considered to be as essential for our health as bandages and aspirin.

Jessie Christine Gruman-you have empowered Americans to be wiser health consumers in order to increase the quality and span of life even as you have fought to eliminate health disparities for all Americans. By virtue of the authority vested in me by New York University, I am pleased to confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.”

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: John Beckman | (212) 998-6848


Search News



NYU In the News

CUSP Unveils its “Urban Observatory”

Crain’s New York Business profiled CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” that is continuously photographing lower Manhattan to gather scientific data.

Post-Sandy Upgrades at the Langone Medical Center

NY1 reported on the major post-Sandy upgrades and renovations made at the Medical Center to protect the hospital from future catastrophic storms.

Steinhardt Research Helps Solve Tough Speech Problems.

The Wall Street Journal reported on research at Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including an interview with Assistant Professor Tara McAllister Byun, that uses ultrasound to help solve tough speech problems.

Times Column Lauds Professor Stevenson’s New Memoir

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about “Just Mercy,” a new memoir by Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, whom he noted has been called America’s Nelson Mandela.

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

NYU Footer