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Beverly Lyons

Professor of Public AdministrationDirector, Advanced Certificate in Gerontology Administration

B.A., Queens College, CUNYM.A., New York University; G.E.C., Hunter-Mount Sinai Geriatric ProgramPh.D., Fordham University


Beverly Lyons, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., R.D., C.D.N., has a multidisciplinary background involving gerontology, policy and program planning, social work administration, medical nutrition and community health nutrition. Dr. Lyons brings to the M.P.A. program clinical and administrative experiences from a variety of health, aging, long-term care and business settings. She has extensive teaching experience in a number of university graduate, undergraduate and continuing education programs.

Dr. Lyons is a fellow of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, which is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. She has participated in scores of scholarly research paper and poster presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Lyons serves as research consultant, is a member of peer-review editorial boards and has been involved in community health participation projects. She also is committed to student development and has introduced a number of training projects enhancing students’ academic and career skill sets. Dr. Lyons is the sponsor and mentor of the Brooklyn Campus Chapter of Toastmasters International public speaking club and is the founder and coordinator of the M.P.A. Integrated Writing Workshop.

Dr. Lyons is a member of the New York State Department of Education’s Nutrition and Dietetics Credentialing Board and serves on the advisory boards of the Campus’ School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences; the Geriatric Education Certificate (G.E.C.) program at Stony Brook University; the Nutrition Department at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University; and Grace Episcopal Senior Citizen Housing. She also is the advisory board secretary for the Center for Nursing Rehabilitation and the public relations representative for the Borough of Queens Ecumenical Advisory Group (B.Q.E.A.G.). Dr. Lyons previously served as an advisory board member for the Caribbean Women’s Health Association and Girling Home Health Care Agency.


Disparities Between Racial/Ethnic Minority and Majority Older Adults, the Use of Alternative and Complementary Medicines Among People of Color, the Impact of Nutrition and Lifestyle throughout the Life Course, Barriers to Advance Health Care Planning Among Older Adults of Color


  • Author, “Cultural food habits among Caribbean-born immigrants: How do chronic kidney disease clients fare?” published in The Journal of Policy Forum
  • Author, “The food habits of Black older adults in New York City: Are these differences between African Americans and Caribbean-born Immigrants,” published in The Journal of Policy Forum
  • Author, “5-A-day fruit and vegetable initiative: How do African American elders fare?” published in African American Research Perspectives
  • Co-author, “The role of print media in reducing health disparities among minorities,” published in African American Research Perspectives
  • Co-author, “Differences between older Black residents of special care units (SCUs) and of traditional units,” published in the Journal of Social Work and Long-Term Care
  • Co-author, “The impact of cognitive impairment, functional impairment, and behavior disorders on affective disorder,” published in the Journal of Social Work and Long-Term Care
  • Co-author, “Reducing health risks and psychological distress among older black residents of naturally occurring retirement communities,” published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work
  • Author, “Sociocultural differences between American-born and West Indian-born elderly Blacks: A comparative study of health and social service use”
  • Co-author, “Cultural differences in health beliefs: Implications for social work practice in health care settings,” published in Social Work in Health Care


  • Named a “Rising Teaching Star” by Long Island University Magazine
  • Recipient, National Institute on Aging Research Fellowship at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Recipient: Pilot Investigator’s Award, Resource Center for Minority Aging (RCMAR), Columbia University Center for the Active Life of Minority Elders (CALME)
  • Inductee, Pi Alpha Alpha (honor society)
  • Inductee, Phi Upsilon Omicron (honor society)

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Dietitian (R.D.), Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (C.D.N.), New York State Department of Education, Division of Licensing Services
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (L.M.S.W.), New York State Department of Education, Division of Licensing Services
  • Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)
  • Member, American Dietetic Association (ADA)
  • Member, Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • Member, State Society on Aging of New York (SSA)
  • Member, Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn (SUN-B)
  • Member, American Society of Public Administration (ASPA)
  • Member School Representative, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)