Extension Associate; NYS 4-H Program Specialist
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Human Development

, Beebe Hall 202, NYS 4-H Youth Development, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research




Nigel Gannon is the Healthy Living Program Specialist for New York State 4-H Youth Development. Nigel joined the 4-H State Office team in June 2012. In this position, and in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and volunteers, Nigel is promoting a holistic view of health that supports healthy eating, active living, positive risk-taking, and social-emotional wellness.


Nigel has more than twenty years’ experience in education and youth development as an educator, advisor/mentor, and researcher. Nigel earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago with a focus on adolescent mental health, secondary education, and urban sociology.  


Program Evaluation research of several activities within NYS 4-H, in partnership with the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation (CORE).

Healthy Living Program Specialist, NYS 4-H; Extension Associate, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Senior Liaison, 4-H Northeast Healthy Living Regional Network

Member, National 4-H Healthy Living Management Team

Member, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA)

Member, NYS Association of Cornell Cooperative Extensions 4-H Educators (NACCE4-HA)




Nigel is the Healthy Living Program Specialist for NYS 4-H Youth Development. He is a national representative on the Healthy Living Management Team and Senior Liaison on the 4-H Northeast Regional Network for Healthy Living.

On campus, he serves on three Program Work Teams (PWTs) within Cornell Cooperative Extension in support of Healthy Living programming around New York State. The PWTs are:

Youth Healthy Eating and Active Living

Risk and Thriving in Adolescence

Youth in Nature and Outdoor Education

He also is the campus liason to the NYS 4-H Public Presentations program.

Ph.D. in Sociology, 2007, University of Chicago

M.A. in Sociology, 2002, University of Chicago

B.A. in History, 1993, Providence College

General Studies Program, 1991-92, London School of Economics and Political Science

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