Susan L. Rosenthal, PhD

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Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Medical Psychology (in Pediatrics and Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Health
  • Vice Chair, Faculty Development

Susan L. Rosenthal, PhD, is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Pediatrics and Psychiatry) at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is Vice Chair for Faculty Development as well as Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Rosenthal has over 30 years’ experience as a pediatric psychologist and is an accomplished researcher in the areas of adolescent health, promotion of sexual health, vaccine acceptability, and the acceptability of microbicides.

Dr. Rosenthal received her BA from Wellesley College and her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed an internship at the University of Maryland and did her postdoctoral training at the Yale Child Study Center. Her first faculty appointment was at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Dr. Rosenthal later served on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she was Director of the Division of Adolescent and Behavioral Health and Director of the Pediatric Department's Office of Faculty Development.

Throughout her career, Dr. Rosenthal has focused on applying psychological and developmental knowledge to the promotion of sexual health as well as the acceptability and implementation of new biomedical interventions that prevent acquisition of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Her work has included both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Dr. Rosenthal’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control, industry, and foundations. She has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization regarding the implementation of the HPV vaccine in developing countries. Dr. Rosenthal has published over 250 publications.  

In 2009, Dr. Rosenthal was recruited to Columbia to serve as the Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics. In this role, she developed and implemented a faculty development program designed to enable faculty to achieve career advancement and professional satisfaction. She has presented at local and national meetings and published on her work in faculty development. Particular areas of focus pertaining to faculty development include mentoring relationships, leadership development, and wellness/burnout prevention. 

As Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health since 2011, Dr. Rosenthal has overseen the growth of existing programs and the addition of new programs including the creation of a monitored unit, an insurance-based adolescent outpatient program, and a complex care program. 

Gender

  • Female

Research

Grants

ADOLESCENT AND PARENTAL ATTITUDES ABOUT STI PREVENTION TRIAL PARTICIPATION (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2011 - Aug 31 2018

A MULTILEVEL APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING AND REDUCING MISSED OPPORTUNITIES FOR VACCINATION AMONG ADOLESCENTS WITH CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Jul 11 2013 - Jul 11 2018

DNASE FOR PREVENTION OF REPRODUCTIVE TRACT INFECTIONS IN PREGNANCY (Federal Gov)

May 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017

DNASE FOR PREVENTION OF REPRODUCTIVE TRACT INFECTIONS IN PREGNANCY (Federal Gov)

May 1 2014 - Apr 30 2017

HYDROXYUREA ADHERENCE FOR PERSONAL BEST IN SICKLE CELL TREATMENT: HABIT (Federal Gov)

May 8 2013 - Apr 30 2016

PLANNING FOR A PHASE 2/2B MICROBICIDE STUDY: VIVAGEL FOR HSV PREVENTION IN WOMEN (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2010 - Aug 31 2013

BEHAVIORAL AND VIROLOGIC IMPACT OF HPV IMMUNIZATION (Federal Gov)

Apr 1 2009 - Dec 31 2012

EVALUATION OF CONTROL MEASURES AGAINST INFECTIOUS DISEASES OTHER THAN AIDS (Federal Gov)

Apr 1 2009 - Mar 31 2012

DEVELOPMENT OF DENDRIMER AND COMBINATION MICROBICIDES (Federal Gov)

Apr 1 2009 - Aug 31 2011

OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO VACCINATION WITH GARDASIL IN GIRLS AN D ADOLESCENTS (Private)

Jul 1 2008 - Jun 30 2011

EVALUATION OF CONTROL MEASURES AGAINST INFECTIOUS DISEASE OT HER THAN AIDS (Federal Gov)

Apr 1 2009 - Jul 31 2010

GULF SOUTH STI/TOPICAL MICROBICIDE COOPERATIVE RESEARCH CENT ER (Federal Gov)

Jun 1 2009 - Aug 31 2009