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Location and Hours

The UHS Health Promotion Office is located on the second floor of the UHS Building (rooms 225, 227, and 228) on the River Campus.

We are open weekdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., throughout the year.

Meet the Staff

Linda Dudman, MPA
Associate Director, Health Promotion
(585) 273-5770
UHS Building, room 227

Linda specializes in helping students learn about the services available through UHS. She is the advisor for the UR Student Health Advisory Committee (URSHAC), works with students on independent study projects, and provides leadership and guidance to the staff of the UHS Health Promotion Office. Linda is also the conference planner for the New York State College Health Association.

Amy McDonald, MS
Senior Health Educator
(585) 273-5772
UHS Building, room 225

Amy oversees the strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs for University of Rochester students. She also teaches the Peer Health Advocacy course (PH 216) and directs the Peer Health Internship (PH 394) offered through the Public Health degree program. In addition, Amy leads the Mindful University Project, teaching the Mindfulness & Meditation workshop and collaborating with others on campus to create a culture of mindfulness.

Leah Biondi, MS
Office Secretary
(585) 273-5775
UHS Building, room 228

Leah oversees the day-to-day operation of the UHS Health Promotion Office and arranges special events / programs such as Feel Fabulous in February and the Mindful University Project. She is also responsible for the Paws for Stress Relief program, coordinates SWARM training, and provides materials and resources for programs requested by RAs and various student groups.


Peer Health Advocate Intern Team

Meghan Bocyck, Senior Peer Health Advocate
Area of Interest: Physical Activity

Meghan is double majoring in Health, Behavior, and Society and Psychology. She is a student-athlete for the varsity softball team, a member of MERT, and is a task force chair on the mental health task force E-board.

Tamanna Bhatia, Peer Health Advocate
Area of Interest: Sexual Health and Title IX

Tamanna is a Computational Biology and Psychology double major. She is also a TA for Women’s Health and Global Health Anthropology, President of ADITI (Association for the Development of Interest in the Indian Subcontinent), is a Residential Advisor, and does research in the biology department.

Zoe Black, Peer Health Advocate
Area of Interest: Sexual Health

Zoe is a double major in business and Health Behavior, and Society. She is also a brother of Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed community service fraternity) and works as an office assistant and research assistant at the medical center.

Denise Navarrete, Peer Health Advocate
Area of Interest: Sexual Health

Denise is a Health, Behavior, and Society major with a minor is Spanish. She is also the president of Sonar Despierto and secretary of the Community Service Network.

Omolemo Matloga, Peer Health Advocate
Area of Interest: Mental Health and Mindfulness

Omo is a Health, Behavior, and Society Major with a Biology Minor. She is also a co-chair of the Mental Health Health Task Force and a member of Indulgence Dance Crew.

Monica Morgan, Peer Health Advocate
Area of Interest: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Monica is a Bioethics major with a minor in History and Legal Studies. She is also a Writing Fellow and a Speaking Fellow through the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program.

Jessica Silverstein, Peer Health Advocate
Area of Interest: Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships

Jess Silverstein is a double major in Public Health and Anthropology. She is also the President of UR SEGway (an activist group for sexual violence) and is the Women’s Empowerment chair for her sorority Sigma Delta Tau.

Caroline Thomas, Peer Health Advocate
Area of Interest: Sexual Health and Relationships

Caroline is a double major in Health, Behavior & Society, and Cell & Developmental Biology. She is also a Research Assistant in a Pathology Lab studying Acute Myeloid Leukemia, as well in the Oral Biology department studying salivary gland regeneration. Caroline is also a Teaching Assistant for BIO111 and is a pre-dental student.