The Institute for Education and Social Policy

Diana Silver Bio

Diana Silver Ph.D. MPH is an assistant professor of public health at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, where she teaches in both the master's and undergraduate programs in public health. Her research examines the impact of public and private services on health and well-being for children and families, particularly in urban America.

She is the principal investigator of the Playground Utilization Study, funded by New Yorkers for Parks, and co-investigator (with Dr. James Macinko) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study, Understanding Variation in State Health Policies. She is the project director for the National Evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative, a twelve-year study of multi-million dollar study (Beth C. Weitzman, Principal Investigator). Her work has been published in the American Journal of Evaluation, Youth and Society, The Foundation Review, Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and the American Journal of Public Health (forthcoming). She holds a doctorate in public administration from NYU's Wagner School, and an MPH degree from Hunter College.