New Faculty 2020-2021

At the School of Global Public Health at New York University, we are preparing the next generation of public health pioneers with the critical thinking skills, acumen, and entrepreneurial approaches necessary to reinvent the public health paradigm.

Assistant Professors

Claudia Passos-Ferreira

Claudia Passos-Ferreira

Claudia Passos-Ferreira is Assistant Professor of Bioethics. She studied psychology at the Rio de Janeiro State University and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Sciences and Health Sciences in Public Health there. She obtained her second Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Passos-Ferreira has published on philosophy, psychology, and neuroethics, as well as neuro-enhancement, psychopathology, self-consciousness, and more recently on empathy and moral development. She has collaborated in cross cultural research on moral development and social cognition on topics such as fairness, ownership, and intersubjectivity and published a book on Freud and mental causation. In philosophy of mind, she has published on self-knowledge, introspection, and external mental content. Her current research program focuses on the development of consciousness, including what theories of consciousness say about infant consciousness and machine consciousness, and how these shed light on ethical issues.  

Prior to joining NYU, Passos-Ferreira has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with the Ethics and Biotechnologies project, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the State University of Rio de Janeiro with the Ecological Mind and Self-Consciousness project.  Earlier in her career, she was awarded a Residency Scholarship from the Brazilian Health Ministry and she received clinical training in Child-Adolescent Mental Health and Mental Health. She has worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice and public hospitals as well in Brazil. 


Linda Collins

Linda Collins

Linda M. Collins is Professor of Global Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Southern California.

Collins’ research interests are focused on the development, dissemination, and application of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), a framework for the optimization of behavioral, biobehavioral, and social-structural interventions. The objective of MOST is to improve intervention effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and scalability. She is currently collaborating on research applying MOST in the areas of smoking cessation, the prevention of excessive drinking and risky sex in college students, and HIV services. Collins’ research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Science Foundation, among others. She has given more than 150 presentations on MOST around the world, and her publications have appeared in journals in the fields of behavioral science, quantitative methodology, medicine, and engineering.

Prior to joining NYU, Collins held tenured faculty positions at the University of Southern California and at Penn State University, where she was Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Director of The Methodology Center. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Society for Prevention Research.