Deborah Hughes Ndao

As the Director of Wellness, Deborah develops the long-term vision for wellness, creates an integrated wellness strategy, and executes programs and initiatives aimed at improving the health and wellness of Columbia’s faculty and staff. Deborah chairs several interdisciplinary committees and working groups and strives for an even healthier and more sustainable Columbia. Prior to joining the Office of Work/Life, Deborah was the Manager of the Integrative Therapies Program, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, for over a decade. Deborah is also a former Allan Rosenfield Global Public Health Fellow. 

Researcher and author, Deborah has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters, and collaborates with faculty and mentors graduate students from across the University to rigorously evaluate wellness programming and initiatives. Deborah is also involved in a number of professional organizations, including as Chair-Elect and former Scientific Program Chair of the Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Section of the American Public Health Association. 

Deborah earned her B.A. in English with a concentration in Pre-Medicine from Barnard College and her M.P.H. in Health Promotion-Sociomedical Sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health. A bicoastal native, Deborah finds calm during cracks in her day and is energized by water, spending time with her family and friends, and exploring places, people, practices, and ideas from around the world. Deborah lives with her husband and two daughters in Park Slope, Brooklyn.