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About Amanda Birnbaum

Dr. Amanda Birnbaum, Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Montclair State University, received her PhD from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Working from a social ecological perspective, Dr. Birnbaum combines quantitative and qualitative methods to understand and improve social environmental factors, such as neighborhood and school environments, as they relate to health behaviors. Of particular interest is how these questions can be tailored to serve communities that historically have been marginalized and have not received equitable benefits from applied research.

Dr. Birnbaum has collaborated on the development and evaluation of local and national initiatives to promote healthier eating and physical activity among families and communities, working with partners such as the Healthy Children Healthy Futures initiative, Partners for Health Foundation, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. More recently, she has begun research collaborations in the area of sexual violence on college campuses and in communities.

Dr. Birnbaum is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Health Behavior, Health Behavior and Policy Review, and International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. She is an active mentor of public health professionals across the career span, and in 2015 received the National Academic Advising Association’s Outstanding Faculty Advising Award.


Present Chairperson and Professor, Montclair State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor, NACADA – National Academic Advising Association. Awarded at NACADA annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV, October 2015
  • Montclair State University Office of Equity and Diversity Mandela Award for Excellence in Diversity – awarded to the MPH program, October 2014. (Served as founding Graduate Program Coordinator and subsequent Department Chair for MPH program)
  • Montclair State University Outstanding Academic Advisor – Faculty Advisor category, 2014. (also nominated 2011)
  • Engaged Teaching Fellows Program, Montclair State University, 2011-2013
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Montclair State University, 2011
  • Physical Activity and Public Health Research Course, Fellow, Park City, UT, 2004
  • Behavioral Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease Predoctoral Fellow, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 1998-2000
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Student Workshop Presenter, Chicago, IL, 1998
  • Population and Family Health Award for Academic Excellence, Columbia University, 1996


2000 PhD, University of Minnesota ‐ Behavioral Epidemiology
1996 MPH, Columbia University - Mailman School of Public Health ‐ Population and Family Health
1992 MA, Columbia University
1990 BA, University of Bridgeport ‐ English as Second Language

Journal Articles (12)