Joseph Day, Dr.PH

  Assistant Professor
  708-235-7389 ext. 7389
  Office Location: G 121
  Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday,
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., and 2 - 3 p.m. Thursdays, 6- 7 p.m.
  College: CHHS
  Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health

Teaching and scholarship are a trust, one in which student outcomes are clearly affected by frequent encounters with professors who are energetic scholars.I see many opportunities at GSU to explore the association between teaching and scholarship.

My scholarship is focused on the effects of social-environmental adversity on all youth, but in particular those from low-resourced urban communities. Youth in these communities, compared to youth from higher resource communities, have higher rates of psychological distress, such as depression and anxiety and problem behaviors, such as substance use and violence-related behavior. When compared to other public investments, an increased understanding of the role of adversity in these youth may lead to substantial returns in the form of a reduction in crime, incarceration and substance abuse treatment.

In addition to my scholarship, I am the program coordinator for the Community Health Program. My tasks include mentoring and advising, but also helping to develop and implement a vision for the program that will inspire students to be actively involved in their education and that will act as a blueprint for future planning. This encompasses helping the department to develop an appropriate curriculum which will enable GSU students to sit for and pass state certification, to become competent professionals, to go on to graduate study and to initiate their own research.

I am honored to be on the faculty of GSU. 



 Joseph Day, Peter Ji, David DuBois, Naida Silverthorn, Brian R Flay. Social-Environmental Adversity Exposure as a Predictor of Psychological Distress and Risk Behavior in Urban Youth. Under review at the Journal of Child and Family Studies.


Niloofar Bavarian, Kendra M Lewis, David L Dubois, Alan Acock, Samuel Vuchinich, Naida Silverthorn, Frank J Snyder, Joseph Day, Peter Ji, Brian R Flay. Using social-emotional and character development to improve academic outcomes: a matched-pair, cluster-randomized controlled trial in low-income, urban schools. Journal of School Health 11/2013; 83(11):771-9


Ruggiero L., Riley B., Hernandez R., Quinn L., Gerber B., Castillo A., Day J., Ingram D., Wang Y., Butler P. “Medical Assistant Coaching to Support Diabetes Self-Care among Low-income Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations”, submitted to Western Journal of Nursing Research. 08/2013


Kendra M Lewis, David L Dubois, Niloofar Bavarian, Alan Acock, Naida Silverthorn, Joseph Day, Peter Ji, Samuel Vuchinich, Brian R Flay.  Effects of Positive Action on the Emotional Health of Urban Youth: A Cluster-Randomized Trial. Journal of Adolescent Health 07/2013.


Kendra M Lewis, Marc B Schure, Niloofar Bavarian, David L Dubois, Joseph Day, Peter Ji, Naida Silverthorn, Alan Acock, Samuel Vuchinich, Brian R Flay(2013).Problem behavior and urban, low-income youth: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Positive Action in Chicago. American journal of preventive medicine . 06/2013; 44(6):622-630. 2013.01.030 pp.622-630


Jarpe-Ratner; Fagen, Michael; Day, Joseph; Gilmet, Kelsey; Prudowsky, Joshua; Neiger, Brad L.; Dubois, David; Flay, Brian (2013).  Using the Community Readiness Model as an Approach to Formative Evaluation.Health Promotion Practice14(5):649-55


Lewis, K. M., Bavarian, N., Snyder, F. J., Acock, A., Day, J., DuBois, D. L., Ji, P., Schure, M. B., Silverthorn, N., Vuchinich, S., Flay, B. R. (2012). Direct and mediated effects of a social-emotional and character development program on adolescent substance use. The International Journal of Emotional Education, 4, 56-78.


Li K, Washburn, I, DuBois, DL, Vuchinich, SPJ, Brechling V, Day J, et al. Effects of the Positive Action Program on Problem Behaviors in Elementary School Students: A matched-pair randomized control trial in Chicago. Psychology & Health, 2011 26(2), 187-204.


Washburn I, Acock A, Vuchinich S, Snyder F, Li B, Ji P, Day J  et al.  Effects of a social-emotional and character development program on the trajectory of behaviors associated with character development: findings from three randomized trials.  Prevention Science, 2011.


Ji P, Flay B, DuBois D, Brechling V, Day J, Cantillon D. Consent form return rates for third-grade urban elementary students. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2006; 30(5):467-474.


Day J & Buyer L. The Effect of Race on the Diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder; 2002. ERIC Document Reproduction Service ED470718.


Chapter: Effects of Positive Action up to Grade 8 in Urban Schools: Preliminary Report of Results from the Chicago Randomized Trial.  B. R. Flay, A.C. Acock, S. Vuchinich, K.M. Lewis, N. Bavarian, M.B. Schure, F.J. Snyder, D. L. DuBois, N. Silverthorn, J. Day, N. Portillo