Diana Silver

Diana Silver
Diana Silver

Associate Professor of Public Health Policy and Management

Professional overview

Dr. Diana Silver's research explores the impact of variation in the implementation, adoption and repeal of state and local public health policies on health outcomes, particularly alcohol consumption, motor vehicle crashes, tobacco use, and food safety. Some of her other work has examined variation in access to publicly funded services such as clinics, after-school programs, parks and playgrounds. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and several other funders.

Dr. Silver's work has been published in a variety of prominent journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Health Promotion, Public Health, Tobacco Control, Journal of Safety Research, Social Science and Medicine, the American Journal of Evaluation, PLoS One, Journal of Community Health, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health,  International Journal of Equity in Health, Globalization and Health, Youth and Society, Public Administration Review and Policy Studies Journal. She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Health Promotion, and serves on the New York City Department of Health’s Health Advisory Committee. 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 homeless shelters.

Dr. Silver teaches undergraduate and master’s level courses at the College of Global Health, and trains doctoral students. In 2015, Dr. Silver received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching excellence.

Education

BA, History, Bates College, Lewiston, ME
MPH, Health Education, Hunter College, New York City, NY
PhD, Public Administration, New York University, New York City, NY

Honors and awards

Distinguished Teaching Award, New York University (2015)
Steinhardt Goddard Award (2011)
Annual Award for Outstanding Evaluation, American Evaluation Association (2010)
Public Affairs Resident Scholar, The Rockefeller Foundation (2007)

Areas of research and study

Access to Healthcare
Alcohol, Tobacco and Driving Policies
Food Safety Policies
Implementation and Impact of Public Health Regulations
Injury Prevention
New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Public Health Law
Public Health Policy

Publications

Publications

Changes in health care inequity in Brazil between 2008 and 2013

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Detecting causality in policy diffusion processes

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That's not how the learning works - the paradox of Reverse Innovation: A qualitative study

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Understanding policy diffusion in the U.S.: An information-theoretical approach to unveil connectivity structures in slowly evolving complex systems

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'They hear "Africa" and they think that there can't be any good services' - perceived context in cross-national learning: A qualitative study of the barriers to Reverse Innovation

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Age, period, and cohort effects in motor vehicle mortality in the United States, 1980-2010: The role of sex, alcohol involvement, and position in vehicle

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Compliance with minimum price and legal age for cigarette purchase laws: Evidence from NYC in advance of raising purchase age to 21

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Diffusion of impaired driving laws among US states

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Over-the-counter sales of out-of-state and counterfeit tax stamp cigarettes in New York City

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Patterns of alcohol consumption and related behaviors in Brazil: Evidence from the 2013 National Health Survey (PNS 2013)

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Retailer compliance with tobacco control laws in New York City before and after raising the minimum legal purchase age to 21

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Temporal trends in motor vehicle fatalities in the United States, 1968 to 2010 - a joinpoint regression analysis

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Temporal trends in motor vehicle fatalities in the United States, 1968 to 2010: A joinpoint regression analysis

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The effect of geography and citizen behavior on motor vehicle deaths in the United States

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The geometry of motor vehicle deaths in the United States

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Child passenger safety laws in the United States, 1978-2010: Policy diffusion in the absence of strong federal intervention

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Fifty-state survey of child passenger safety laws in the US, 1978-2010: A public health approach to analyzing legal intruments

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Utilization patterns and perceptions of playground users in New York City

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Good Evaluation Measures: More Than Their Psychometric Properties

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The effects of state regulations and alcohol consumption on traffic fatalities 1980-2010

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Variation in U.S. traffic safety policy environments and motor vehicle fatalities 1980-2010

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How residential mobility and school choice challenge assumptions of neighborhood place-based interventions

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Improving state health policy assessment: An agenda for measurement and analysis

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Transportation to clinic: Findings from a pilot clinic-based survey of low-income suburbanites

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Lifting boatswithout closing gaps: Child health outcomes in distressed us cities from 1992-2002

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Contact

drs1@nyu.edu +1 (212) 992-7668 715 Broadway New York, NY 10003