Faculty Research

Ongoing Research Projects‌

In 2012, Dr. Stephanie Silvera received a highly competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health (a National Cancer Institue Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)).  The grant of $555,159 over four years is supporting her study entitled:  “Exploring Sociodemographic and Behavioral Factors Underlying Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Cancer Prevention Behaviors in New Jersey.”‌

‌Dr. Mark Kaelin
is consulting on a project called “Early Preparation and Inspiration for Careers in the Biomedical Sciences” with colleagues at Penn State Hershey Medical School that is funded by the NIH's Mark Kaelin headshotNational Institute of General Medical Sciences in a program called “Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Students in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences”.  Specifically, he is preparing teachers from five Hershey-area high schools to coach their students in year-long after-school clubs so that they can complete an adaptation of the “Think Like an Epidemiologist Challenge” (http://www.teachepidemiology.org/SO.html).

Dr. Ndidi Amutah is currently the Principal Investigator of Project DASH: Divas Against the Spread of HIV/AIDS.  This study is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Mental Health and focuses on HIV-positive mothers and their daughters, examining the context and quality of the mother-daughter relationship as a predictor of sexual risk-taking in the adolescent daughter.

Dr. Ndidi Amutah
is collaborating with Dr. Meena Mahadevan (who teaches in Montclair State’s Nutrition and Food Science program) on Project THANKS: Turning HIV/AIDS into New Knowledge for Sisters, which focuses on medication adherence and health-seeking behaviors of HIV-positive women with a history of substance abuse.

Recently Published Papers

Navarro Silvera SA, Mayne ST, Risch H, Gammon MD, Vaughan T, Chow W-H, Dubin JA, Dubrow R, Schoenberg J, Stanford JL, West AB, Rotterdam H, Blot WJ, Fraumeni Jr JF. Dietary patterns and risk of subtypes of esophageal and gastric cancer: Classification and regression tree (CART) analysis.  Annals of Epidemiology. 24, 50-57, 2014.

Amutah, N.
(2015). HIV and Families. In Encyclopedia of Family Studies.  Wiley-Blackwell. Accepted, 08/2014.

Whembolua, G, Amutah, N, Abiero, B, Oladeinde-Sofolahan, Y. (2014) Role of Parental Nativity in Breastfeeding of Black Children in the United States. Journal of Race and Policy. 10(1): 84-94Amutah, N

Mahedevan, M. Amutah, N, Ramos, L., Raines, E., King, J., McIntosh, J. & Leverett, C. (2014). Project Thanks: A Socio-Ecological Framework for an Intervention Involving HIV-Positive African American women with comorbidities. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 5(3):1-21.

Mendez DD, Almario DD, Amutah NN, Dubowitz T, Fabio A, Abrams B, Kim K, Bodnar LM. (2014).Neighborhood and individual socioeconomic determinants of gestational weight gain: implications for racial disparities. Journal of Maternal and Child Health, 18(5):1095-1103.

Doamekpor, L. Amutah, N. Ramos, L. (2014).Fathers Matter: Paternal Age Influences on Infant Mortality. American Journal of Men’s Health , 8(2):175-182.

Grieb SMD, Amutah N, Smith H, Hammonds K, Stowers J, Rhodes SD. Preventing HIV through social inclusion using community-based participatory research. In: Taket A, Crisp B, Goldingay S, Graham M, Hanna L, Wilson L (eds.). Practising Social Inclusion. Oxford, England, Routledge. 2013: 193-204.

Young, Michael E.; Denny, George; Penhollow, Tina M.; Donnelly, Joseph Religiosity and Unsafe and Distracted Driving Behaviors Health Behavior and Policy Review, Volume 1, Number 1, January 2014 , pp. 58-71(14)

Recent Presentations

Amutah, N. &Mahadevan, M. “Project THANKS: A Socio-Ecological Framework For An Intervention Involving HIV Positive African American Women With Comorbidities.” 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association Meeting (APHA), Poster Presentation. New Orleans, LA November 15-19, 2014.

Amutah, N
. “Project DASH: Divas Against the Spread of HIV/AIDS: The Results of a Mixed Methods Exploratory Study.”142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association Meeting (APHA), Poster Presentation. New Orleans,LA November 15-19, 2014.

Zimmerman I. & Amutah, N.  Reducing Health Disparities through Multilevel Interventions.” 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association Meeting (APHA), Poster Presentation. New Orleans, LA November 15-19, 2014.

Janevic T. & Amutah, N.  The Epidemiology of Health Disparities.” 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association Meeting (APHA), Poster Presentation. New Orleans, LA November 15-19, 2014.

Amutah, N. Project DASH: Divas Against the Spread of HIV/AIDS: The Results of a Mixed Methods Exploratory Study.”  Presented at the 2014 Ernest E. Just Annual Lecture. Medical University of South Carolina. September 25th, 2014.

Mahadevan, M. & Amutah, N. Project THANKS: A Socio-Ecological Framework For An Intervention Involving HIV Positive African American Women With Comorbidities.” Conference on Complex Systems, Health Disparities & Population Health: Building Bridges, Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD. February 23-24, 2014.

Amutah, N.,
Whemboula, G, Okoror T, Belue, R, Abiero B. (2013) “Neighborhood Characteristics, Black Immigrant Status and Uninsurance: A Study Using the National Study for Children’s Health Data.” 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association Meeting (APHA), Poster Presentation. Boston, November 2-6, 2013.

Mahadevan, M., Amutah, N. Project THANKS: An intervention for women of color with HIV and co-morbidities: Results of a pilot study.” 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association Meeting (APHA), Oral Presentation. Boston, November 2-6, 2013.

Amutah, N.,
Whemboula, G, Okoror T, Belue, R, Abiero B. (2013) “Neighborhood Characteristics, Black Immigrant Status and Uninsurance: A Study Using the National Study for Children’s Health Data.” 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association Meeting (APHA), Poster Presentation. Boston, November 2-6, 2013.

Mahadevan, M., Amutah, N. Project THANKS: An intervention for women of color with HIV and co-morbidities: Results of a pilot study.” 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association Meeting (APHA), Oral Presentation. Boston, November 2-6, 2013.

Young, M., Donnelly, J., Horn, R., Godinez, I, Elias, S. “Future orientation and condom use: Results from a survey of sexual behavior among early adolescents.” Annual American Academy of Health. Charleston, South Carolina, March 2014.

Donnelly, J.
, Young, M., Denny, G., horn, R., Elias, S. “Correlates of sexual intent in sample of young urban teens.”  American School Health Association. Myrtle Beach, NC. October-2013.

Donnelly, J.
, Young, M., Denny, G., Horn, R. “Participation in sexual intercourse in a sample of young urban teens.”  Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.  San Diego, CA.  November, 2013.