Ndidi Amutah, PhD, MPH, CHES
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences
Montclair State University

Ndidi Amutah is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences. Her current research focuses on adverse birth outcomes for women of color, HIV/AIDS and women of color in an urban context, and community-based participatory research. She has over 10 years of experience in conducting health disparities activities with a focus on program development/evaluation and mixed-methods research. She has an extensive background as an evaluator and successfully completed a variety of evaluation projects for community-based organizations, state and federal agencies, and private industry.

Dr. Amutah has served as a researcher in community-based research settings for various public health issues over the course of her career.
  • HIV/AIDS in ethnic minority populations 
  • Health disparities 
  • Adolescent health 
  • Minority women’s health 
  • Mental health services 
  • Maternal and child health 
  • Reproductive health 
  • Infant mortality 
Dr. Amutah’s recent research consultations include a mixed-methods analysis of a programmatic intervention aimed at improving pregnancy outcomes for underserved communities and women of color. She also evaluated a state-wide maternal and child health program aimed at assessing the quality of health services delivered to women in rural communities. Her skills and focus include needs assessment, survey development, interview administration, focus group facilitation, and program implementation and evaluation.

Dr. Amutah received her PhD in public health, with a focus on maternal and child health, from the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health in 2010. She received her MPH in maternal and child health from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in 2005. Her dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and included an analysis of neighborhood-level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. She received her BS in public health and her BA in Africana studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Amutah completed the Kellogg Community Health Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Morgan State University. Her research study, DRUMMing Up Data: A Maternal and Child Health Community-Based Participatory Research, examined family planning practices, beliefs, and aptitude for women 18-45 years of age in Baltimore City.

Dr. Amutah is a certified health education specialist. She has taught courses on program planning and evaluation, research methods, adolescent health, and minority women’s health. She has published and presented her research on HIV/AIDS and infant mortality in urban communities in both domestic and international conferences.

Dr. Amutah is a native of Trenton, New Jersey. Her longstanding commitment to and experience in public health have spanned over 10 years. She serves on several national organizations:
  • Member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and council member of the APHA Maternal and Child Health Section 
  • Member of the Board of Trustees for the Women’s Collective 
  • Member of Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health 
  • Immediate Past President of the Society of African American Public Health Issues 
  • Member of the Society for Public Health Education 
  • Member of the International Society for Urban Health 
  • Member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America 
  • Member of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Research 
More information on Dr. Amutah is available at www.ndidiamutahphd.com