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Kenneth A. Knapp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Interim Vice Chair of the Department of Public Health, SHSP
Director, Dr.P.H. Program
Director, Center for Long-Term Care

Email: Kenneth_knapp@nymc.edu
Phone: (914) 594-2043
New York Medical College
Department of Public Health
Skyline Building
Valhalla, NY 10595

Biography: Kenneth Knapp, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College, and director of the College's Center for Long-Term Care. An economist who specializes in gerontology, Dr. Knapp’s current research interests include program evaluation of the health benefits of Taiji and Qigong, particularly in the context of workplace wellness programs; the implications for healthcare, family caregiving and long-term care of aging and longevity; and the health effects of “non-healthcare” sectors such as housing and labor markets. Dr. Knapp advises doctoral students and supervises dissertation research in the Dr.P.H. program, and teaches healthcare economics, health services research, and other courses at New York Medical College. He was an original member of the interdisciplinary research team at the International Longevity Center, a nonprofit think-tank led by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and geriatrician Robert N. Butler. Dr. Knapp previously served as visiting assistant professor in the Master of Health Administration program at Seton Hall University. He serves as a senior associate for the non-profit China America Living Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of traditional and contemporary Chinese and cross-cultural arts through education and research. Dr. Knapp earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School at the City University of New York, completing his dissertation under the advisement of noted health economist Michael Grossman. Dr. Knapp is a member of the New York State Public Health Association and of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. He volunteers at the YMCA as an exercise instructor for the visually impaired in Montclair New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Industry Expertise:

  • Education/Learning
  • Health Care - Services
  • Research

Areas of Expertise: Health Care Economics, Health Services Research, Long-Term Care, Gerontology, Family Caregiving


  • China America Living Arts

Education Profile:
Graduate Degree: M.A., Ph.D.   
Graduate Degree Institution: The City University of New York, Graduate School at the City University of New York
Undergraduate Institution: The City University of New York

Selected Bibliography:

Arno PS, Knapp KA, Russo S, Viola D (2015). Rising Food Insecurity and Conservative Policy in the US: Impact on the Elderly. World Journal of Social Science Research; 2(1):13-23.

Clare, CA, Afzal, O, Knapp, KA, & Viola, D (2013). Determining a patient's comfort in inquiring about healthcare provider's had washing behavior. Journal of Patient Safety. E-Published ahead of print: DOI: 10.1097/PTS.Ob013e31827819d2

Knapp, KA and Gusmano, M (2012). Landscape of the Employment-Related Wants and Needs of Americans 50+, White Paper prepared for AARP's Public Policy Institute (February).

Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy (2011). Food Security, Health & Unmet Needs: 2011 Survey of Older New Yorkers at Risk, Prepared for Goddard Riverside Community Center. School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College (November). (Knapp, principal author).

Knapp, KA and Muller, C (2011). "Housing for Older Americans," Ch. 10 in Estrine, S. A., Arthur, Hettenbach, RT., & Messina, M.G. (Eds.). New Directions in Behavioral Health: Service Delivery Strategies for Vulnerable Populations. New York: Springer Publishing.

Gusmano, M, Berliner, H, Wilson, T and Knapp, KA (2010). Economic Analysis of the Ryan White Part A Program. Technical report prepared for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of HIV Prevention and Control.

Knapp, KA (2006). "Housing and Living Arrangements for Older People in New York City," Chap. 6 in Growing Older in World Cities: New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, Victor G. Rodwin and Michael K. Gusmano Editors. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.