Andrew Davidson

  • Professor Emeritus of Population and Family Health

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Andrew R. Davidson, PhD, MBA, is Columbia University's vice provost for academic planning. He is a member of the Provost's senior cabinet, works closely with the Provost on medium- and long-range planning, and is responsible for University-wide faculty development and diversity endeavors.  Working in collaboration with the University's academic and administrative units, Dr. Davidson develops, champions, and implements policies to enhance the diversity of the Columbia faculty. He provides guidance to, and serves as a resource for school and departmental initiatives to further strengthen Columbia's reputation as a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for attracting and advancing a diverse faculty.  To facilitate greater coordination and integration of these activities, the University's Office of Work/Life and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action report to Dr. Davidson.  

Dr. Davidson is professor of population and family health and has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1984.  He served as the executive vice dean of the Mailman School of Public Health.  Dr. Davidson developed and implemented the Mailman School's junior faculty mentoring program, and other initiatives designed to enhance an academic environment that is supportive and inclusive.  Prior to joining Columbia, he was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Washington.  His research has focused on reproductive health, with a special interest in the determinants and consequences of fertility and contraceptive choice. Dr. Davidson has served as an advisor on reproductive health to the World Health Organization, as a member of the National Institutes of Health social science and population study section, and on the editorial boards of both theoretical and applied social science journals.  At Columbia, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the GSAS, a faculty fellow of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and a former chair of a Columbia University Medical Center IRB.


Academic Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus of Population and Family Health

Administrative Titles

  • Interim Director for Academic Affairs in the Columbia World Projects