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American Journal of Public Health, Editor-in-Chief


Mary Evelyn Northridge, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

New York University College of Dentistry

Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion
250 Park Ave S, Room 642
New York, NY 10003-1402 USA

Tel: 212-998-9728


Mary Evelyn Northridge, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion at the New York University College of Dentistry. She also holds a part-time appointment as a professor of clinical sociomedical sciences (in Dental Medicine) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prof. Northridge was re-appointed as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Public Health for her seventh term in 2013. She has enduring interests in social and environmental determinants of health, including oral health, and a current focus in the utility of systems science to integrate and sustain holistic health and health care. She is presently funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research of the U.S. National Institutes of Health on a project titled, "Integrating Social and System Science Approaches to Promote Oral Health Equity," a collaborative initiative involving the University at Buffalo, Columbia University, and New York University. Prof. Northridge earned a BA in chemistry with a specialty in biochemistry at the University of Virginia, an MPH in environmental health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers University and a PhD in epidemiology at Columbia University. Upon the completion of a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute in Piscataway, New Jersey, she continued her research and academic career at the Harlem Health Promotion Center of Columbia University, where her research and practice projects addressed the elimination of social disparities in health through community-based participatory research for more than two decades. Her current efforts involve dissemination and implementation research in primary care screening at dental chairside and community-based participatory research approaches to improving oral health and health care for underserved populations in New York and New Jersey.