Diana Silver

Associate Professor of Public Health

Diana Silver

Phone: 212.992.7668

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.

Degrees Held

  • PhD NYU 2007
    Public Administration
  • MPH Hunter College, CUNY 1986
  • BA Bates College 1982


  • PUHE-GE 2410 - Community Based Health Interventions
  • PUHE-GE 2361 - Research Methods
  • PUHE-UE 0070 - Health and Society
  • PUHE-UE 1321 - Principles of Health Promotion


  • 2007 : Public Affairs Resident Scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Conference and Study Center, Bellagio Italy

Selected Publications

  • D. Silver, J. Macinko, J.Y. Bae, G. Jimenez, M. Paul. Variation in U.S. traffic safety policy environments and motor vehicle fatalities 1980–2010. Science Direct. 2013. (link)
  • Maggie Giorgio, Tod Mijanovich, and Diana Silver. Utilization Patterns and Perceptions of Playground Users in New York City. Journal of Community Health. 2013. (view)
  • Beth C. Weitzman and Diana Silver. Good Evaluation Measures: More than their Psychometric Properties. American Journal of Evaluation (in press)
  • James Macinko and Diana Silver. Improving state health policy assessment: an agenda for measurement and analysis. American Journal of Public Health. 2012; 102:1697-1705. (view)
  • Diana Silver, Beth C Weitzman, Tod Mijanovich, Martha S Holleman.(2012). How Residential Mobility and School Choice Challenge the Assumptions of Neighborhood Interventions. American Journal of Health Promotion. 26:180-184. (view)
  • Diana Silver, Jan Blustein, Beth C Weitzman (2012). Transportation to clinic: findings from a pilot clinic-based survey of low-income suburbanites. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 14:350-355. (view)
  • Diana Silver, Tod Mijanovich, Jenny Uyei, Farzana Kapadia, Beth C. Weitzman.(2011) "Lifting Boats Not Closing Gaps:Child Health Outcomes in Distressed Cities 1992-2002" American Journal of Public Health. 101(2): 2788-284 (view)
  • Diana Silver "Author Talk with Paul Farmer" Just Books August 2010 (link)
  • Charles Brecher, Caitlyn Brazill, Beth C. Weitzman, Diana Silver (2010). Understanding the Political Context of New Policy Issues: the Use of the Advocacy Coalition Model in the Case of Expanded After-School Programs. Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory. 2:235-255. (view)
  • Beth C. Weitzman, Tod Mijanovich, Diana Silver, Charles Brecher. (2009). Finding the Impact in a Messy Intervention: Using an Integrated Design to Evaluate a Comprehensive Community Initiative. American Journal of Evaluation. (view)
  • Diana Silver, Beth C. Weitzman (2009). "The Pros and Cons of Comprehensive Community Initiatives at the City Level: The Case of the Urban Health Initiative". The Foundation Review 1(1):85-95. (view)
  • Beth C. Weitzman, Diana Silver, Tod Mijanovich and Caitlyn Brazill (2008). "If you build it, will they come? Estimating Unmet Demand for After-School Programs in America's Distressed Cities" Youth and Society 40: 3-34. (view)
  • Beth C. Weitzman, Diana Silver and Caitlyn Brazill (2006). "Efforts to Improve Public Policy and Programs through Improved Data Practices: Experiences in Fifteen Distressed American Cities" Public Administration Review 66 (3):386-399. (view)
  • Charles Brecher, Diana Silver, Cynthia Searcy and Beth C. Weitzman (2004): " Following the Money: Using Expenditure Analysis as an Evaluation Tool" American Journal of Evaluation 26(2):150-166. (view)
  • Beth C. Weitzman, Diana Silver, and Keri-Nicole Dillman (2002). "Integrating a Comparison Group Design into a Theory of Change Evaluation: The Case of the Urban Health Initiative" American Journal of Evaluation 23:371-385. (view)
  • Diana Silver, Beth Weitzman and Charles Brecher (2002). "Setting an Agenda for Local Action: The Limits of Expert Opinion and Community Voice" Policy Studies Journal 30(3):362-379. (view)
  • Nicholas Freudenberg, Diana Silver, Jennifer Carmona, Daniel Kass, Brick Lancaster and Marjorie Speers (2000). "Health Promotion in the City: A Structured Review of the Literature on Interventions to Prevent Heart Diseases, Substance Abuse, Violence and HIV infection in US metropolitan areas, 1980 - 1995. Journal of Urban Health. (view)
  • Clara Haignere, Nicholas Freudenberg, Diana Silver, Halina Maslinka (1997), "One method for assessing HIV/AIDS peer-education programs. Journal of Adolescent Health."Journal of Adolescent Health.21(2):76-79. (view)
  • Nicholas Freudenberg, Jackie Lee and Diana Silver (1989). "How Black and Latino Community Organizations Respond to the AIDS Epidemic: A Case Study of One New York City Neighborhood." AIDS Education and Prevention.