Ben Nowell, PhD ([email protected]), Director, Patient-Centered Research. After graduating with a BA from Gonzaga University in 1994, Ben served as the Pacific Region’s regional team leader for AmeriCorps*VISTA Integrated Training and consulted as a core curriculum writer to redesign AmeriCorps*VISTA training across the U.S. He co-founded a leadership program for AmeriCorps members in Washington and Oregon that recently graduated its twelfth class of service leaders.
He served twice as an AmeriCorps member in the San Francisco Bay Area and then taught English in a low-income suburb outside Paris on a Fulbright teaching assistantship. He later spearheaded a program evaluation initiative for a Save the Children-funded collaborative of Bay Area schools and youth agencies.
Prior receiving his PhD from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2014, Ben earned his Masters in Social Welfare Management and Planning (M.S.W.) from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. He spent the next three years helping develop the Regional Stroke Centre at The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa. Following his work as a medical social worker for stroke patients and their families, Ben worked as the community and long-term care stroke coordinator for the Centre. In this role, he worked with public and private health care agencies in order to develop a common vision for post-stroke care and to foster collaboration. This work improved services for stroke survivors in the community and reduced premature admission to long-term care.
Since moving to New York City in 2007, he has been involved in the community as a New York City chapter leader of AmeriCorps Alums and a partner with UN representatives to train staff on HIV policy and preventive health.
Ben is fluent in spoken and written French, and is a competitive swimmer.