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Christine Coussens, PhD

Office of Community Engagement

Christine Coussens

Dr. Coussens is the Associate Dean for Community Engagement for the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and in her role oversees the academic outreach, marketing and communication, development, and engagement programs with CHHS's partners. Prior to joining CHHS, she was the senior scientist and the Chief Operating Officer of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery—a 2200 membership organization. In her role, she oversaw education, marketing and communications, and operations. She also spent 14 years at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies as a Senior Program Officer working primarily on the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, but also oversaw a project on Lyme and other tick-borne disease, and collaborated on the VA National Formulary, Earth Sciences and Environmental Health, and nervous system disorders in developing countries. Dr. Coussens completed her PhD in biomedical sciences from Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (now Northeastern Ohio Medical University). She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and IOM reports. 


  • PhD, Biomedical Sciences-Neuroscience, NEOUCOM/Kent State
  • BA, Psychology, Purdue University