Linda F. Cushman

Associate Dean for Field Practice

Professor of Population and Family Health at CUMC


Linda F. Cushman, PhD, is a sociologist and health researcher with expertise in research design and implementation in underserved, minority communities. Dr. Cushman has directed numerous clinic and community-based studies in the areas of reproductive health, disease prevention, health services utilization, the use of alternative medicines, and health and migration issues in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Cushman teaches Qualitative Methods and Survey Design and Data Collection to Master’s students at MSPH, and also lectures at a variety of other academic and community settings.  She is the Associate Dean for Field Practice at the Mailman School of Public Health, and directs numerous practicum programs including sites in Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and domestic Native American Communities. She is a former recipient of the Dean's Award for Innovation in the Curriculum, the Mailman School of Public Health Award for Teaching Excellence, and is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy at Columbia University Medical Center. In April 2010 she was the recipient of Columbia University's 2010 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, one of only five faculty members selected across the University each year for this award for excellence.



Linda F. Cushman, Marlyn Delva, Cheryl L. Franks, Anan Jimenez-Bautista, Joyce Moon-Howard, Jim Glover, and Melissa D. Begg. “Cultural competency training for public health students: Integrating self, social, and global awareness into master of public   health curriculum,” Journal of Public Health forthcoming.

Melissa A. Cameron, Lauren E. Masillio, Linda F. Cushman, and Marilyn C. Morris. “Parents’ perspectives on the consent approach for minimal-risk research involving children,” IRB, 33(6), 2011.

Linda F. Cushman, Leopoldina Cairo, Frank Caseras, Ana Jimenez-Bautista. “Finding their Way: A Qualitative Study of Adolescent Migration between the Dominican Republic and the United States,” Profamilia, Santo Domingo:  RD, 2006.

Spielman S, Golembeski C, Northridge M, Vaughan R, Swaner R, Jean-Loius B, Shoemaker K, Klihr-Geall S, Polley E, Cushman LF. “Interdisciplinary Planning for Healthier Communities:  Findings from the Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative”, Journal of the American Planning Association, 72 (1), 100-109, 2006.

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Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health
Mailman School of Public Health
60 Haven Avenue, B-2
New York, New York 10032