York College / City University of New York
Costley, Alex

Costley, Alex

Associate Professor

Health and Human Performance

Phone: 718-262-5116
Office Location: HP-209
Email: acostley@york.cuny.edu

With a background in anthropology, public policy, and medical education, I study aging and aging-in-place from cultural, political, and clinical perspectives. In medical education, I evaluate the impact of community-based geriatric training on the attitudes of primary-care physicians. Current research explores the impact of urban planning on older adults' health, function, quality-of-life, and risk of food-insecurity.

Office Hours

Mondays (HP-204)4:00 to 5:00 PM
Wednesdays (HP-204)3:00 to 5:00 PM
Also by appointment: please e-mail: acostley@york.cuny.edu, or call: 718-262-5116.By appointment. 


certificate Environmental System Research Inst GIS Spatial Analysis 2019 
PhD Columbia University Medical Anthropology 2008 
MA Columbia University Anthropology 1996 
BA University of Massachusetts Anthropology 1992 

Areas of Expertise

  • Program evaluation and research in educational outcomes.
  • Health and functional assessment with community-dwelling older adults.
  • Aging-in-place and translational research in public policy.
  • Policy research on older adults, food access/insecurity, and Social Security.

Publications in Field Of Expertise