Katherine McAvoy

Katherine McAvoy is the Assistant Director for Public Health Initiatives for Alice! Health Promotion. They first joined the Alice! team in 2020, serving as Manager for Contact Tracing through September 2021. In that role, Katherine built and oversaw the University contact tracing program for the Morningside, Manhattanville, Lamont-Doherty, and Nevis campuses; they approached this work with a trauma-informed and intersectional framework, with the ultimate goal of supporting all members of the Columbia community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In their current role, Katherine's work focuses broadly on building multi-level systems and equity-driven public health infrastructure to tackle burgeoning public health issues, mitigate threats to health, and promote student well-being and flourishing.

An Indiana native, Katherine is a long-time East Coast transplant and new-ish New Yorker. When not at work, they enjoy the Brooklyn food scene, adventures with friends and family, browsing bookstores, and petting other people's cats.


  • M.P.H., Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

Professional Experience

  • Manager of Contact Tracing, Alice! Health Promotion, Columbia University
  • Case Investigator, NYC Test & Trace Corps
  • Sexual Violence Prevention Project Assistant, Dartmouth College


  • American College Health Association
  • NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education