Who We Are

Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Barbara Glickstein, MPH, MS, RN, are founders and co-directors of the Center. Dr. Mason is the Rudin Professor at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College, City University of New York. Ms. Glickstein is a health journalist and consultant. Both are recognized as experts in media, nursing, health, and health policy. They have a longstanding relationship as producers and moderators of Healthstyles, a live, award-winning radio program of 25 years on WBAI. They are bloggers for Disruptive Women in Health Care and for the American Journal of Nursing (AJN).

Diana Mason

Dr. Mason served for over ten years as editor-in-chief of the AJN, where she continues in an emeritus position. Under her leadership, AJN markedly improved its impact factor, became the nursing journal most frequently cited in the public media, won numerous awards, and was selected in 2009 by the Specialized Libraries Association as one of the 100 Most Influential Journals of the Century in Biology and Medicine—the only nursing journal to be be so honored. She serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Kaiser Health News organization. She has consulted with schools of nursing on developing strategic plans for disseminating their work, and is a published researcher and skilled grant writer.


Ms. Glickstein is a health journalist, public health nurse, feminist activist, and global citizen. She was a co-founder of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing. She has produced programming for Martha Stewart Radio and completed a fellowship with the Women’s Media Center in 2009.  She creates strategic partnerships, and uses new technologies to create social change. As a media maker, she is committed to putting a human face on important social issues. She is also recognized as a community leader who works with individuals and organizations on strategic development.  You can follow her on Twitter @bglickstein.

Diana and Barbara wrote and led two grants from the Benton and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations for teaching NYC youth about producing radio programming on teen substance abuse. Both are members of the Association of Health Care Journalists and served on the Media Committee for the Jonas Center for Excellence in Nursing in NYC.


Photo Credit: Ernest CuniDee Burton, PhD,  is Associate Director for Research and Evaluation. Dr. Burton comes to the CHMP from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center where she chaired the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health.

Dr. Burton’s most recent research focuses on the use of cell-phone technology to deliver longer-term support to highly-stressed populations.  She developed an Open-Slate model of counseling in which counselors are trained to set aside their own frames of reference in order to better understand a participant within the participant’s own context.  Her first study of this model was in an intervention helping Chinese restaurant workers to stop smoking.  She now is developing an intervention using the same Open-Slate phone-counseling approach for HIV-infected people who smoke.  Dr. Burton also is a co-investigator on a study led by Dr. Steven Levine at SUNY Downstate which aims to develop mobile applications to help stroke survivors and their caregivers in the recovery process.

In earlier media research Dr. Burton conceptualized and conducted research on two models of advertising effects that contributed to an understanding of how tobacco advertising can lead to the initiation of smoking.

Prior to returning to New York, Dr. Burton was associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.  She was inducted into the Delta Omega national honorary society for public health in 1999.  She holds a Ph.D. in personality and social psychology from the New School, with an NCI post-doctoral fellowship in health behavior and promotion with a minor in mass media and communication from the University of Southern California.