Yale University

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

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


Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, PhD, MPH, CHES is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her primary research focuses on mother-daughter communication, HIV prevention, and treatment for women of color. She is interested in group level, peer-based interventions to reduce health disparities and HIV in vulnerable populations.Dr. Amutah-Onukagha’s Faculty Fellow project involves developing a curriculum to increase health literacy in HIV+ women, and train them to be health ambassadors for their community and their families. The curriculum is developed with a focus on resilience and empowerment, and will be implemented in a community-based setting. As a health disparities researcher, she is particularly interested in strengthening the mother-daughter relationship to reduce HIV incidence, while utilizing methods that engage individuals and their families within a cultural framework.

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