Yale University

Ndidi N. Amutah-Onukagha, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Professor, The College of Education and Human Services, Department of Public Health, Montclair State University
  • Former Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) 2013-2015
(973) 655-4400


Dr. Amutah's dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and it specifically examined neighborhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. Originally from Trenton NJ, Dr. Amutah has a long standing commitment to public health that spans over 10 years of Public Health experience. Her current research interests include health disparities, reproductive health, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS in ethnic minority populations.

Dr. Amutah is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has taught courses on Program Planning and Evaluation and Minority Women’s Health. Dr. Amutah has worked as a researcher in community-based research settings in a variety of areas including maternal and child health, health disparities, and HIV/AIDS. She has published and presented in the area of HIV/AIDS and infant mortality in urban communities.

Dr. Amutah's REIDS mentor is Debbie Humphries, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Selected Publications:

  • Amutah N. Ramos, L.J. (2016) Staying Alive: A Qualitative Exploration of Black Men’s Health Disparities in the Urban. U.S. Journal of International Journal of Men’s Studies. 15 (1):68-79.

    Amutah N, Gifuni, J, Wesley, Y. (2015). Shaping the Conversation: A Secondary Analysis of Reproductive Decision-Making Among Black Mothers with HIV. Clinical Medicine Insights: Women’s Health.8(S1)1-8.

    Amutah N. (2015). HIV/AIDS and African American Women: Research Opportunities to Stem the Epidemic. HIV/AIDS Res Treat Open J. 2015; 2(2):e16-e17.

    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.

    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.

    Amutah,N.N (2012). African American Women: The Face of HIV/AIDS. The Qualitative Report, (47) Article 92: 1-15.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Improving quality of life and accessing of services by women of color who are HIV positive substance users with multiple co-morbidities related to sexual and reproductive health