Associate Professor, Public Health
Diana Silver has been working in the field of public health for two decades. Currently, Dr. Silver's research explores the variation in state and local policies that affect public health, as well as the impact of accessibility to publicly funded services such as clinics, pre-school, after-school, parks and playgrounds. She is currently co-principal investigator (with Dr. James Macinko) of an NIH funded R01 grant to examine the diffusion and impact of alcohol and driving related policies on injuries and fatalites over the past 30 years. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), she and other investigators at NYU are conducting an analysis of the costs and benefits of NYCDOMH's restaurant grading initiative.In the past three years, Dr. Silver has also received additional funding from RWJF and NYU's Institute for Human Development and Social Change to support her work.
Dr. Silver's work has been publiished in a variety of journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Health Promotion, the American Journal of Evaluaion, Youth and Society, Public Administration Review and Policy Studies Journal. She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Health Promotion, and has served as a consultant to numerous health and social service agenicies througout New York City. She began her career focused on the developing policies and programs that could address the epidemics of AIDS, substance abuse and violence in New York City, in such settings as schools, workplaces, jails, and through community based organizations. Before joining the faculty at Steinhardt, Dr Silver was a research scientist at NYU's Wagner School, and served as the project director for the national evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative, a ten year project to improve the health and safety of youth in America's distressed cities. Dr. Beth Weitzman and Dr. Silver received the American Evaluation Association's Outstanding Evaluation of the Year award. Dr. Silver received her PhD in Public Administration from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School, and her Master's in Public Health from Hunter College, CUNY.
Dr. Silver currently directs the undergraduate programs of NYU's Global Institute for Public Health. She is also affiliated with NYU's Institute for Education and Social Policy, and its Institute for Human Development and Social Change. She is a member of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Advisory Board.