Professor, Sociology Department
Lerner Chair in Public Health Promotion and Population Health, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health
Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research
Shannon Monnat is the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and Population Health and director of the Center for Policy Research. She is also a professor of sociology. Monnat is a rural demographer and population health scholar who conducts research on demographic and geographic trends and differences in heath and mortality, with a specific interest in rural health and health disparities.
She is a leading national expert on structural and spatial determinants of drug overdose. Her most recent research has focused on geographic differences in COVID-19 experiences and impacts. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic journal articles, book chapters, research briefs and reports, and has presented her research to numerous public, academic and policy audiences, including the United Nations, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, the Aspen Institute, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy and at congressional briefings.
Monnat has been the PI or co-Investigator on over $10 million in external research funding, including from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Agriculture, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
As Lerner Chair, Monnat oversees the center’s research mission and directs related activities.
Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health
Alexandra Punch received her master of public administration from Northeastern University in 2012; where she is now pursuing her professional doctorate in law and public policy. Prior to working at Syracuse University, Punch served as the director of drug user health at ACR Health. There, she focused on innovative treatment practices and community collaborations for addressing opioid dependence using the Harm Reduction model of care. Punch also worked at the Onondaga County Health Department as a research technician in the Bureau of Disease Control. She is the chair of the Harm Reduction subcommittee for the Onondaga County Drug Task Force and a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the State Opioid Response (SOR) Network. As Lerner Center director, Punch handles the day-to-day center operations and oversees the center's health promotion programming.
Assistant Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health
Emily Graham received her master of public health from Syracuse University. Prior to working for Syracuse University, she served six years in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman, stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Naval Medical Center San Diego. During her time in the Navy, she promoted health and wellness programs such as the Baby-Friendly Initiative and the Heart Healthy Cardiac Rehabilitation program. As the Unit Practice Council co-chair, she introduced new safety initiatives such as the “Good Catch Award," an award recognizing nurses for catching medical errors before they occur. During her time as an undergraduate at Syracuse University, Graham worked as a peer educator on campus, educating students on harm reduction strategies regarding substance use. She also interned with Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion, where she chaired the “Take Back the Night” planning committee and grew the University’s Orange Recovery Community, a program for students in recovery from substance use disorder.
Communications Specialist, Center for Policy Research
Communications Specialist, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health