Gloria S. McNamara

Gloria Mcnamara

Deputy Chairperson
Health Education


Office: N-798D

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Phone: +1 (212) 776-7213


Assistant Professor Gloria McNamara is co-coordinator of the School Health Education program within the Health Education department at BMCC.

A registered dietitian and New York State licensed nutritionist, she has lectured about health and nutrition issues for the past twenty years. She has a well-regarded reputation in public health programs, having served as director of two New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) Projects; LEAN and Wellness At Work. Professor McNamara also directed the nutritional supplement program WIC (Women, Infants and Children) at the Maimonide Medical Center, and served as a consultant for both The Partnership for the Homeless and the NYC Office of School Food and Nutrition Services.

Professor McNamara taught at Brooklyn College before joining the faculty of BMCC. A Presidential Scholar whose research focuses on health entrepreneurism, she teaches nutrition and other health subjects. “Health educators not only promote awareness of health issues,” she says, “they help remove barriers and establish supportive environments, enabling individuals to change behaviors impacting their health.”


Urban Public Health, School Health Education, Communtiy Health Education


  • B.S. State University of New York at Oneonta College, Clinical Dietetics,1980
  • M.S. City University of New York at Hunter College , Nutrition,1982
  • City University of New York – The Graduate Center, Educational Psychology,2009
  • Ph.D. City University of New York – The Graduate Center, Educational Psychology – Health Behaviors & Education,2010

Courses Taught

HED 235 (Nutrition for Health)

Research and Projects

  • Personality and Weight Loss
    Currently investigating in a retrospective study whether successful weight loss strategies are linked to specific personality traits. This study is funded by a PSC CUNY Traditional A grant.
  • The Effect of Self-Regulated Instruction Across Disciplines
    In the process of examining whether self-regulated instruction will lead to greater learning gains across disciplines. This research is currently being funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • 2014 Presidential Scholar
    Awarded a Presidential Scholarship in 2014 to conduct preliminary research on the feasibility of health entrepreneurism as an educational model that may improve academic performance, retention, and graduation rates as well as increase creativity and intelligent risk taking among health education students.


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