Assistant Professor, Co-Director University at Albany Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program.  

Health Policy, Management, & Behavior


University at Albany, School of Public Health
One University Place, Room 173
Rensselaer, NY 12144-3456
Phone Number: (518) 402-0299
Fax Number: (518) 402-0414
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Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences/Maternal and Child Health Program 2010  
M.P.H. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Health Policy and Management 2003
B.S. Ball State University, Exercise Science/Public Health 1998

Courses Frequently Taught

HPM 531 Childhood Obesity from a Public Health Perspective
HPM 669 Adolescent Health
HPM 627 Program Development in Health Promotion

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of maternal and child health, specifically childhood obesity prevention, wellness promotion, and positive youth development.  My areas of expertise are in applied policy research and community-based participatory research. In my research, I utilize a variety of mixed methods but specialize in qualitative methodologies. 

Selected Publications

Polsky, C., Stagg, K., Gakh, M., Bozlak, C. (2015). The Health in All Policies (HiAP) Approach and the Law: Preliminary lessons from California and Chicago. Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. 43(2):52-55.

Lawson, H., Caringi, J., Pyles, L., Jurkowski, J., Bozlak, C. (2015). Participatory Action Research. New York City: Oxford University Press.

Bozlak, C., Becker, A., Herd, J., Teitelman, A., Viola, J., Olson, B., Choucair, B (In Press). An inter-governmental approach to childhood obesity in Chicago, Illinois. Int Public Health J 2015;7(1):00-00.

Bozlak, C.T. (2014). Act For Youth: Engaging Youth in Policy Making to Promote Health. Retrieved September 2nd, 2014, from

Mason, M., Zaganjor, H., Bozlak, C., Lammel-Harmon, C., Gomez-Feliciano, L., Becker, A. Working With Community Partners to Implement and Evaluate the Chicago Park District's 100% Healthier Snack Vending Initiative. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:11:140141. DOI: 10.5888/pcd11/140141

Bozlak, C.T., Becker, A.B. Using Evidence to Create Active Communities: Stories from the Field—Policy and Research with Chicago’s Child Care Centers: a Commentary to Accompany the Active Living Research Supplement to Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, January 2013, DOI:  10.1007/s12160-012-9441-y

Mason, M., Gomez-Feliciano, L., Becker, A., Bozlak, C., Lammel-Harmon, C., Conti,V., Cox, S., Katta,E., O’Boyle, M., Zaganjor, H. (2013). Healthy snack vending: The Chicago Park District experience and resource guide. Product ID#: WZK5H2GB. Available at:

Bozlak, C.T., Kelley, M.A. (2010). Youth participation in a community campaign to pass a clean indoor air ordinance.  Health Promotion Practice, 11(4), p:530-540