Marlyn Delva '98BC, '99TC, '13TC

Dean of Students, School of General Studies
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences


Higher education administration, student services, health and behavioral studies, student health and educational programming


Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University

B.A., Barnard College


Marlyn Delva serves as the Dean of Students at the School of General Studies. For nearly two decades, she has spent her career in higher education dedicated to supporting and enhancing the student experience through innovative and essential services.

Before joining GS, Dean Delva provided service and leadership to the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health as an Associate Dean of Student Affairs and as the Dean of Students. She played a significant role in developing services and educational programming designed to foster inclusivity and ensure the well-being of students. Her commitment to providing access to such resources has, over time, only grown to encompass the transformation of the educational experience of each student.

Dean Delva has garnered national recognition for her accomplishments, teaching, and leadership, including most recently being awarded the 2019 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Student Services Excellence Award for her forward-thinking practices and dedication in working with students. 

In addition to her role at GS, Dean Delva is an assistant professor of epidemiology and sociomedical sciences. Her research explores health disparities, focusing on the accessibility of health services and the impact of societal structures as these relate to populations descending from the Caribbean.