DrPH, Tulane University; MPH, Emory University; BS, University of Connecticut; Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS policy, program planning, and implementation; expanded HIV testing initiatives; cancer prevention and community outreach


Dr. Santella is an assistant professor of public health at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. From 2007–09, Dr. Santella was the director of HIV policy, planning and implementation at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In this role, he spearheaded the HIV/AIDS service delivery plan development process as well as the strategic planning and policy analysis efforts of the Ryan White Program in New York City. Dr. Santella also co-chaired the Needs Assessment Committee of the NYC HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council. He also worked as a health services researcher in the areas of managed care, HIV, and mental health at the Grey Healthcare Group, a medical education and communications agency, and as a health research scientist in injury and cancer prevention and control at both the Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation. In addition to his academic training, Dr. Santella provided service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Association of Schools of Public Health and a Health Equity Leadership Institute Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He joined Walden’s faculty in 2011 and teaches courses in health policy and management.