Meet the leaders of Columbia’s Science Initiative:
Dean of Science
Peter de Menocal
Associate Dean of Science
David Zielinski is the associate dean of science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His responsibilities include aspects of faculty and postdoctoral affairs, research support, facilities development, and fundraising for the sciences. His work emphasizes research collaboration across departments and schools for the advancement of the Science Initiative and the Division of Science. A developmental psychologist by training, Dean Zielinski joined Columbia in 2014 after serving for nearly a decade as an official at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While at the NIH, he oversaw strategic planning, organizational evaluation, science communication, and congressional relations in his roles at two Institutes – at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases as the science policy and planning chief and at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as the acting science policy and evaluation chief and director of communications. During his tenure at the NIMH, he also oversaw the $25 million per annum Prevention and Treatment Trials Program as an officer in the Institute’s Division of Developmental Translational Research. He has long-standing interests in the intersection of science and public policy and, prior to his work at the NIH, served on the research faculty of Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy (now the Sanford School of Public Policy). Dean Zielinski received his bachelor’s degrees from Fordham and his master’s and Ph.D. from Cornell. He’s the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from the American Psychological Association, the National Consortium on Violence Research, and the NIH.