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Rossi Hassad

Rossi A. Hassad, PhD, MPH

Professor (Research and Statistics), Department of Psychology


  • Epidemiology (including COVID-19)

  • Statistics

  • Research Methods

  • Psychology/Mental Health

I am a full professor in the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College, New York with an adjunct faculty appointment at New York University (Applied Statistics). My professional expertise encompasses epidemiology, statistics education,  research methods, and mental health, with a teaching and research emphasis on statistical literacy and evidence-based practice in the health and behavioral sciences. I also provide media commentary on infectious diseases, including COVID-19 (see selected media appearances and publications).

News 12 TV Commentary: Man dies after receiving vaccination at Javits Center; doctor says initial indications show no allergic reaction:

News 12 TV: City doctors face vaccine questions involving pregnancy and religious beliefs:

Verywell Health: Communities Step Up to Help Seniors Register for COVID-19 Vaccines:

Speaker (see pages 135-138): FDA Open Public Hearing:  Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 Vaccine:

Medpage Today:  Considerations for Authorization of Pfizer's COVID Vax:

New York Times: The Greatest Gift to Loved Ones This Covid Winter? Don’t Infect Others

New York Times: Answers to Your Current Coronavirus Questions: Click on the question: How is the winter weather affecting the virus?

MarketWatch: ‘Don’t let COVID fatigue trick you’: How to take care of your physical and mental health this holiday season  

Medpage Today: Why COVID-19 Might Get Worse in Winter, Just Like Flu — Risk and severity of infection, the host and the environment could all play a role

Mercy College FeatureMercy Mavericks (Making a Difference, Fall 2020, p.9)

APA FeatureHow did you get that job? Career Focus Feature in the APA Monitor on Psychology 




  • Ph.D. Health Sciences (International Health, Research and Education):  Touro University International, Touro College, New York          
  • MPH (Master of Public Health): University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • CStat (Chartered Statistician): The Royal Statistical Society, UK
  • PStat  (Professional Accredited Statistician): The American Statistical Association
  • Member of the American College of Epidemiology


Selected Publications

Selected Media Appearances and Publications:

Selected Academic Publications


  • Elected Member of the American College of Epidemiology

  • CStat (Chartered Statistician): The Royal Statistical Society, UK

  • PStat  (Professional Accredited Statistician): The American Statistical Association

  • Best contributed research paper award (2003) – teaching statistics in the health sciences (The American Statistical Association)

  • I am a founding (Charter) member of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security.

  • Diplomate Status: AMHCA (American Mental Health Counselors Association)- Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders Counseling

  • Certificate of Recognition - The American Psychiatric Association (APA, 2012)