Mary Northridge

Mary Northridge

Mary Northridge

Only through transformational change can we better ensure that no one needs to present to a hospital emergency department for a dental-related condition.
Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Dental Medicine)


722 West 168th Street

New York NY USA 10032

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Dr. Mary Evelyn Northridge earned a BA in chemistry with a specialty in biochemistry at the University of Virginia, an MT in medical technology at Morristown Memorial Hospital, an MPH in environmental health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers University, and a PhD in epidemiology at Columbia University. Upon the completion of a post-doctoral fellowship at the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute in Piscataway, NJ, Dr. Northridge continued her research and academic career at the Harlem Health Promotion Center, where she conducted community-based participatory research for more than 2 decades. She is currently the Director of Dental Research and Research Associate Professor at NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Brooklyn. Dr. Northridge currently serves as the inaugural Editorial Emerita of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH).



PhD, 1993, Columbia University
MPH, 1988, UMDNJ/Rutgers University
Other, 1981, Medical Technology (MT) at Morristown Memorial Hospital
BA, 1980, University of Virginia

Mailman Affiliations

Investigator, Harlem Health Promotion Center

Editorial Boards

Editor Emerita, Journal of the Academy of Distinguished Educators (JADE)

Columbia Affiliations

Professor, College of Dental Medicine

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Anna Gelman Award for Excellence in Epidemiology, 1994
Distinguished Alumna Award, UMDNJ School of Public Health, 2005
NIH Blue Ribbon Panel Member, 2008
Honorary Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Omega Chapter, 2017

Areas of Expertise

Healthy Aging and Longevity, Research Design and Methods, Systems Science, Community Programs and Outreach, Community-Based Healthcare, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Minority Health, Social Epidemiology, Dental and Oral Health, Smoking (Tobacco), Urban Health

Select Urban Health Activities

ElderSmile: For more than a decade, the ElderSmile Program at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine has been providing much-needed dental care to older persons living in northern Manhattan communities. ElderSmile is staffed by experienced dental school faculty and is assisted by students, who work together to provide care to patients. Those who need more in-depth dental care are referred to ElderSmile treatment centers. During summers, a mobile dental van visits senior centers to provide additional patient education and screening. ElderSmile provides important care to an often underserved population more vulnerable to serious dental conditions and related diseases such as diabetes, heart and lung diseases, and stroke.

Select Publications

Lamster IB, Northridge ME (eds.) Improving Oral Health for the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach Springer New York, NY, USA 2008

Meyer IH, Northridge ME (eds.) The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public Health Perspectives on LBGT Populations Springer New York, NY, USA 2007

Northridge ME, Nevitt MC, Kelsey JL, Link B Home hazards and falls in the elderly: the role of health and functional status Am J Public Health 85 509-515 1995

Northridge ME, Rhoads GG, Wartenberg D, Koffman D The importance of histologic type on breast cancer survival J Clin Epidemiol 50 283-290 1997

Northridge ME, Morabia A, Ganz ML, Bassett MT, Gemson D, Andrews H, McCord C Contribution of smoking to excess mortality in Harlem Am J Epidemiol 147 250-258 1998

Northridge ME, Meyer I, Dunn L Overlooked and underserved in Harlem: a population-based survey of adults with asthma Environ Health Perspect 110 Suppl 2 217-220 2002

Northridge ME, Sclar E, Biswas P Sorting out the connections between the built environment and health: a conceptual framework for navigating pathways and planning healthy cities J Urban Health 80 556-568 2003

Northridge ME, Shoemaker K, Jean-Louis B, Ortiz B, Swaner R, Vaughan RD, Cushman LF, Hutchinson VE, Nicholas SW What matters to communities? Using community-based participatory research to ask and answer questions regarding the environment and health Environ Health Perspect 113 Suppl 1 34-41 2005

Northridge ME, Vallone D, Xiao H, Green M, Blackwood JW, Kemper SE, Duke J, Watson KA, Burrus B, Treadwell HM The importance of location for tobacco cessation: rural-urban disparities in quit success in underserved West Virginia counties J Rural Health 24 106-115 2008

Parker JC, Thorson E. (eds.) Health Care Communication in the New Media Landscape Springer New York, NY, USA 23-39 2008

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