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Stephanie Silvera

Professor, Public Health

University Hall 4161
BA, Rutgers University
MS, Rutgers University
PhD, Yale University
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Dr. Stephanie Navarro Silvera is a Professor in the Department of Public Health at Montclair State University as well as the Acting Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the College for Community Health.

She earned her Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University in 2001 and her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from Yale University School of Public Health in 2004.

Dr. Silvera is also a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.

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Dr. Silvera's research has largely focused on racial/ethnic disparities in both access to health services and in related health outcomes. Dr. Silvera has extensive training and experience in research methodology and teaches courses in epidemiology, research methods, and structural inequalities in health.

Most recently she has served as a source for translating the latest epidemiological information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the impact this illness has had on disenfranchised communities.


Office Hours


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Available for student office hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Available in the Dean's office
8:30 am - 12:30 am
Available in the Dean's office

Research Projects

Perceptions of campus climate related to sexual violence

With Drs. Lieberman, Goldfarb, and Birnbaum, a campus-wide survey was conducted on a diverse college campus, to assess students’ perceptions of sexual violence and their trust in the institution’s response to sexual violence.

Exploring Sociodemographic and Behavioral Factors Underlying Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Cancer Prevention Behaviors In New Jersey

Breast and cervical cancer are leading causes of cancer for women in the United States, respectively. Non-Hispanic Black women tend to have lower rates of breast cancer incidence compared to Non-Hispanic White women, but they are more likely to die from breast cancer. Hispanics, in contrast, tend have lower cancer incidence and mortality rates than both Black and White populations for female breast cancers, but higher cervical cancer incidence rates. Both non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic women have higher age- and stage- adjusted cervical cancer mortality rates, compared to non-Hispanic White. These disparities are explained, in part, by unequal access to cancer screening across socioeconomic and racial groups. There is a need to expand the literature to examine the roles of individual- and area-level socioeconomic and demographic characteristics on cancer prevention behaviors, little is known about the perception of access to cancer screening. This study assessed the association between race/ethnicity, perceived access to screening, and individual-level socioeconomic (SES) and demographic factors and area-level characteristics, including SES, availability of low- or no-cost cervical cancer screening and mammography, on screening behavior using a cross-sectional study of low-income women enrolled in the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) or Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Programs (EFNEP).