Caite Wolak

Undergraduate Program Director
Social and Behavioral Sciences
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave


Caite Wolak is an instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and has served as the director of undergraduate studies for the public health major, the 4+1 accelerated BSPH to MPH program as well as the public health and nutrition minors since 2016. In this role, she enjoys working with students and values the importance of creating experiences that can maximize each student’s learning and growth while in the program. She has extensive experience in workforce development in public health. Caite had previously been the fieldwork coordinator for the undergraduate and MPH program where she developed and maintained partnerships with public health organizations and facilitated student placements.


  • MPH, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Temple University 
  • BS, Public Health, Temple University 

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




SBS 1003

Public Health Careers


SBS 2216

Ethnicity, Culture and Health


SBS 3104

Professional Seminar


Selected Publications

  • Ruzek, S.B., Bass, S.B., Greener, J., Wolak, C., & Gordon, T.F. (2016). Randomized Trial of a Computerized Touch Screen Decision Aid to Increase Acceptance of Colonoscopy Screening in an African American Population with Limited Literacy. Health Commun, 31(10), pp. 1291-1300. England. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2015.1069165

  • Bass, S.B., Gordon, T.F., Maurer, L., Greener, J., Mora, G., Ruggieri, D., Wolak, C., & Parvanta, C. (2016). How Do Low-Literacy Populations Perceive "Dirty Bombs"? Implications for Preparedness Messages. Health Secur, 14(5), pp. 331-344. United States. doi: 10.1089/hs.2016.0037

  • Bass, S.B., Wolak, C., Greener, J., Tedaldi, E., Nanavati, A., Ruppert, K., & Gordon, T.F. (2016). Using perceptual mapping methods to understand gender differences in perceived barriers and benefits of clinical research participation in urban minority HIV+ patients. AIDS Care, 28(4), pp. 528-536. England. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1112352

  • Bass, S.B., Greener, J.R., Ruggieri, D., Parvanta, C., Mora, G., Wolak, C., Normile, R., & Gordon, T.F. (2015). Attitudes and perceptions of urban African Americans of a "dirty bomb" radiological terror event: results of a qualitative study and implications for effective risk communication. Disaster Med Public Health Prep, 9(1), pp. 9-18. United States. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2014.158

  • Gordon, T.F., Bass, S.B., Ruzek, S.B., Wolak, C., Rovito, M.J., Ruggieri, D.G., Ward, S., Paranjape, A., & Greener, J. (2014). Developing a typology of African Americans with limited literacy based on preventive health practice orientation: implications for colorectal cancer screening strategies. J Health Commun, 19(11), pp. 1259-1277. United States. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2013.872725

  • Bass, S.B., Gordon, T.F., Ruzek, S.B., Wolak, C., Ruggieri, D., Mora, G., Rovito, M.J., Britto, J., Parameswaran, L., Abedin, Z., Ward, S., Paranjape, A., Lin, K., Meyer, B., & Pitts, K. (2013). Developing a computer touch-screen interactive colorectal screening decision aid for a low-literacy African American population: lessons learned. Health Promot Pract, 14(4), pp. 589-598. United States. doi: 10.1177/1524839912463394

  • Ruggieri, D.G., Bass, S.B., Rovito, M.J., Ward, S., Gordon, T.F., Paranjape, A., Lin, K., Meyer, B., Parameswaran, L., Wolak, C., Britto, J., & Ruzek, S.B. (2013). Perceived colonoscopy barriers and facilitators among urban African American patients and their medical residents. J Health Commun, 18(4), pp. 372-390. United States. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2012.727961

  • Wolak, C., Bass, S.B., Tedaldi, E., Vandenburg-Wolf, M., & Rohrer, C. (2012). Minority HIV patients' perceptions of barriers and facilitators to participation in clinical research. Curr HIV Res, 10(4), pp. 348-355. Netherlands. doi: 10.2174/157016212800792531

  • Bass, S.B., Gordon, T.F., Ruzek, S.B., Wolak, C., Ward, S., Paranjape, A., Lin, K., Meyer, B., & Ruggieri, D.G. (2011). Perceptions of colorectal cancer screening in urban African American clinic patients: differences by gender and screening status. J Cancer Educ, 26(1), pp. 121-128. England. doi: 10.1007/s13187-010-0123-9