Dessa Bergen-Cico, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition

Contact Info

426 Ostrom Avenue, Room 310
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: (315) 443-0250

Research Areas-Areas of Specialization

Alcohol, other drugs and behavioral addictions, evidence-based prevention and recovery; mindfulness-based stress reduction; wellness-coaching; intergenerational transmission of violence; neurobiology of addiction; comparative analysis of U.S. and international drug policies;  public health perspectives of drug policy and; the impact of military conflict on veterans, PTSD, and substance abuse.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, School of Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (1992)
  • Master of Science, School of Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (1988)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of Visual and and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (1986)