Nadia Islam, PhD

Assistant Professor – Section for Health Equity

Nadia Islam, PhDDr. Islam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. She serves as the Deputy Director of the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health and Director of the NYU Prevention Research Center. Dr. Islam specializes in community based participatory methods and health disparities research within Asian American and immigrant communities, and has expertise in qualitative methods, community-based models of cardiovascular disease and diabetes prevention and management, cancer control research, and access to healthcare issues. Dr. Islam is Principal Investigator of the NIH and CDC-funded DREAM Project (Diabetes Research, Education, and Action), a community health worker program designed to improve diabetes control and diabetes-related health complications in the Bangladeshi community in New York City and the CDC-funded RICE Project (Reaching Immigrant through Community Empowerment), a community health worker intervention designed to promote diabetes prevention in the Korean and South Asian community. Dr. Islam is also Principal Investigator of the MARHABA study (Muslim Americans Reaching for Health and Building Alliances), a CDC-funded study that examines barriers and facilitators to breast and cervical cancer screening among Muslim women in New York City. Dr. Islam is also a co-investigator of the B-Free CEED: the B Free National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities and the Strategies to Reach and Implement the Vision of Health Equity (STRIVE) project, both funded by the CDC as part of its Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) efforts. Dr. Islam completed her doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.

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