Ndidi N. Amutah, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences
College of Education and Human Services
Montclair State University
University Hall, Room 4192
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043-1624, USA


Dr. Amutah received her PhD in Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health in 2010. She received her Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Maternal and Child Health in 2005. Her dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and it specifically examined neighbourhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. Dr. Amutah also received a BS in Public Health and BA in Africana Studies from Rutgers, The State University of NJ.
Originally from Trenton NJ, Amutah has a long standing commitment to public health that spans over 10 years of Public Health experience. Additionally, Amutah holds membership on the Board of Trustees for The Womens Collective, is an active member of Delta Omega, Omega chapter public health honor society, and is the President of The Society of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI)
Dr. Amutah also holds Membership in the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), Big Brothers, Big Sisters of American, Association and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Research.
Dr. Amutah is a Certified Health Education Specialist .She has taught courses on Program Planning and Evaluation, Research Methods, Adolescent Health, and Minority Womens Health. Dr. Amutah has worked as a researcher in community-based research settings in a variety of areas including maternal and child health, health disparities, and HIV/AIDS. She has published and presented both domestically and internationally in the area of HIV/AIDS and infant mortality in urban communities.
Formerly, Dr. Amutah completed the Kellogg Community Health Scholar post-doctoral fellowship at Morgan State University. Her research study titled DRUMMing Up Data: A Maternal and Child Health Community Based Participatory Research focused on examining the family planning practices, beliefs, and aptitude for women ages 18-45 in Baltimore City.
Currently, Dr. Amutah is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences. In this capacity her 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.

Research Interest

Her current research interests include: Health disparities, Reproductive health, Infant mortality and HIV/AIDS in ethnic minority populations.

Scientific Activities


• Amutah N. Ernest E. Just – Keynote Lecture and Prize awarded by the Medical University of South Carolina and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture (2014)
• Amutah N. Academy Health Minority Scholars Award, Boston, MA. (June 2010)
• Amutah N. National Black Graduate Students Association. Willie Lawson Memorial Award. San Diego, CA (March 2010)
• Amutah N. Association of Maternal and Child Health Program. Student Fellowship to attend methods workshop. Washington DC. (November 2009)
• Amutah N. Senior Maternal and Child Health Fellow. American Public Health Association Philadelphia, PA. (November 2009)
• Amutah N. Goldhaber Travel Award. University of Maryland, College Park (November 2009)


• Member, HIV/AIDS Section, American Public Health Association, (2013-Present)
• President, Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues, (2012-Present)
• Section Councilor, Maternal and Child Health Section, American Public Health Association, (2012-Present)
• Board of Directors Member, The Womens Collective, (2011-Present)
• Member, Delta Omega, Public Health Honorary Society, Omega Chapter 2010 Inductee
• Member, Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, (2007-Present)
• Member, Society of Public Health Education, (2007-Present)
• Member, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, (2007-Present)
• Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, (2006-Present)
• Member, The George Washington University Public Health Alumni Association, (2006-2010)
• Member, Maternal and Child Health Section American Public Health Association, (2003-Present)
• Member, International Society for Urban Health, (2003-Present)
• Member, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated (2003-Present)


Published Journal Articles and Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

1. Whembolua G, Amutah N, Abiero B, Oladeinde-Sofolahan Y. Role of Parental Nativity in Breastfeeding of Black Children in the United States. Journal of Race and Policy. 2014; 10(1): 84-94.
2. Mahedevan M. Amutah N, Ramos L, et al. Project Thanks: A Socio-Ecological Framework for an Intervention Involving HIV-Positive African American women with comorbidities. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 2014; 5(3): 1-21.
3. Mendez DD, Almario DD, Amutah NN, et al. Neighborhood and individual socioeconomic determinants of gestational weight gain: implications for racial disparities. Journal of Maternal and Child Health. 2014; 18(5):1095-1103.
4. Doamekpor L, Amutah N, Ramos L. Fathers Matter: Paternal Age Influences on Infant Mortality. American Journal of Mens Health. 2014; 8(2): 175-182.
5. Grieb SMD, Amutah N, Smith H, Hammonds K, Stowers J, Rhodes SD. Preventing HIV through social inclusion using community-based participatory research. In: Taket A, Crisp B, Goldingay S, Graham M, Hanna L, Wilson L (eds). Practising Social Inclusion. Oxford, England, Routledge. 2013; 2013: 193-204.
6. Edwards LV, Irving SM, Amutah NN, Sydnor KD. Am I My Mothers Keeper? The Social Support Needs of Children with HIV positive mothers. Journal of Black Studies. 2012; 43(5): 571-595. doi: 10.1177/0021934712440171
7. Amutah NA. HIV/AIDS and African American women: research opportunities to stem the epidemic. HIV/AIDS Res Treat Open J. 2015; 2(3): e16-e17. doi: 10.17140/HARTOJ-2-e006