Yale University

Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Professor of Health Disparities and Health Equity, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Former Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) 2013-2015
(617) 636-3809


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. My 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 and have taught courses such as Health Disparities and Social Justice, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Minority Women’s Health. I have worked as a researcher in community-based research settings in a variety of areas including maternal and child health, health disparities, and HIV/AIDS. I have published and presented in the area of HIV/AIDS and infant mortality in urban communities.

Selected Publications:

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

  • Edwards L., Irving SM, Amutah N, Sydnor KD. Am I my mother’s keeper? The social support needs of children with HIV positive mothers. Journal of Black Studies, 2012; vol. 43 no. 5 571-595.

  • Amutah N. HIV/AIDS and African American women: Research opportunities to stem the epidemic. HIV/AIDS Res Treat Open J, 2015;2(2):e16-e17.

  • Amutah N, Gifuni, J, Wesley, Y. Shaping the Conversation: A secondary analysis of reproductive decision-making among black mothers with HIV. Clinical Medicine Insights: Women’s Health, 2015;8(S1)1-8.

  • Amutah N, Ramos L. Staying alive: A qualitative exploration of black men’s health disparities in the urban. U.S. International Journal of Men’s Studies, 2016;15 (1):68-79.

  • Mendez DD, Thorpe R, Amutah N, Davis E, Walker, R, Bodnar LM. Place and pregnancy-related weight:  The intersections between maternal race, residential segregation, and neighborhood poverty. Social Science and Medicine- Population Health, 2016;(2):692-699.

  • Amutah-Onukagha NN, Doamekpor LA, Gardner MJ. An examination of the sociodemographic and health determinants of major depressive disorder among black women. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2016. doi:10.1007/s40615-016-0312-2.

  • Cederbaum JA, He AS, Fulginiti A, Sullivan K, Krauss MD, Amutah N, Pohle C. Caregiver qualities, family closeness, and the well-being of adolescents engaged in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 2017;(73): 113-120.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Disparities
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Birth outcomes for women of color