Linda Cushman

Linda Cushman

Linda Cushman

Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
Associate Dean, Office of Field Practice


60 Haven Avenue B-2
New York NY USA 10032



Linda F. Cushman, PhD, is a sociologist and health researcher with expertise in research design and implementation in underserved, minority communities. Dr. Cushman has directed numerous clinic and community-based studies in the areas of reproductive health, disease prevention, health services utilization, the use of alternative medicines, and health and migration issues in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Cushman teaches Qualitative Methods and Research Design and Data Collection to Master's students at MSPH, and also lectures at a variety of other academic and community settings. She is the Associate Dean for Field Practice at the Mailman School of Public Health, and directs numerous practicum programs including sites in Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and domestic Native American Communities. She is a former recipient of the Dean's Award for Innovation in the Curriculum, the Mailman School of Public Health Award for Teaching Excellence, and is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy at Columbia University Medical Center. In April 2010 she was the recipient of Columbia University's 2010 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, one of only five faculty members selected across the University each year for this award for excellence. More recently she received the Deans Award for Leadership (2014) and Dean's Award for Outstanding Mentoring (2016).



PhD, 1989, New York University
BA, 1977, Montclair State College (University)

Mailman Affiliations

Faculty, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

Areas of Expertise

Longitudinal Studies, Community Programs and Outreach, Social Factors in Health, Women's Health, Public Health Education, Family Planning, Reproductive Health

Select Publications

Melissa A. Cameron, Lauren E. Masillio, Linda F. Cushman, and Marilyn C. Morris. "Parents' perspectives on the consent approach for minimal-risk research involving children" IRB, 33(6), 2011.

Linda F. Cushman, Marlyn Delva, Cheryl L. Franks, Anan Jimenez-Bautista, Joyce Moon-Howard, Jim Glover, and Melissa D. Begg. "Cultural competency training for public health students: Integrating self, social, and global awareness into master of public health curriculum," Journal of Public Health forthcoming.

Linda F. Cushman, Leopoldina Cairo, Frank Caseras, Ana Jimenez-Bautista."Finding their Way: A Qualitative Study of Adolescent Migration between the Dominican Republic and the United States," Profamilia, Santo Domingo: RD, 2006.

Spielman S, Golembeski C, Northridge M, Vaughan R, Swaner R, Jean-Loius B, Shoemaker K, Klihr-Geall S, Polley E, Cushman LF. "Interdisciplinary Planning for Healthier Communities: Findings from the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative, Journal of the American Planning Association, 72 (1), 100-109, 2006.

Kronenberg, F., Cushman, L.F., Wade, C., Kalmuss, D., Chao, MT. Race/Ethnicity and women's use of complementary & alternative medicine in the United States: Results of a national survey. American Journal of Public Health 96 1236-1242 2005

Cushman, Linda F., Joan Arnold, Penelope Gemma Buschman Exploring Parental Grief: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Measures. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 19 2005

Cushman LF, Jimenez-Bautista A, Cairo L, and Rodriguez AD. "El Centro de la Salud de los Jovenes: An Evaluation at One Year". Profamilia, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2003. Santo Domingo, RD Profamilia 2003

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