Yale University

Melody Tulier, DrPH, MPH, MCP

  • Former Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA


Dr. Melody Esther Tulier is a social epidemiologist investigating how, for whom, and under what circumstances do changes in and resultant transformations of social structures and systems create, exacerbate, and mitigate health inequities in urban environments. Currently, she develops scholarly and policy-relevant mixed-methods research on three key social forces shaping urban inequities: 1. Gentrification; 2. Public housing policy and rehabilitation; and 3. Mass incarceration. She focuses on highly preventable causes of mortality and morbidity which are treatable or modifiable within a concentrated period of time and related from a health system, health behavior, and susceptibility perspective – HIV/AIDS, STDs, diabetes, and hypertension.

Formerly, Dr. Tulier was a postdoctoral fellow in CIRA's Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT). She earned her Doctorate and Master in Public Health from UC Berkeley's School of Public Health, a Master of City Planning from MIT's Department of Urban Studies & Planning and a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College.

Professional work experience includes ten years implementing evaluation efforts, training organizations on data collection and analysis, and leading multi-disciplinary teams for the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Success Measures at Neighborworks America, and the New York Women’s Foundation, among others.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Construct measurement
  • Mixed methods research design and implementation
  • Longitudinal data analyses
  • Qualitative data analyses
  • Urban health inequities
  • Community development
  • Theory and conceptual frameworks in social epidemiology