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Nadia Al-Amin, MPH

Doctoral Student

Community Health Sciences

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Nadia is a public health researcher and practitioner with interest in behavioral health. She is a third year Ph.D. candidate and works as a research assistant in the Health Equity and Aging Lab (HEAL) with Dr. Uchechi Mitchell. Research interests include:

  • Race related stressors  (i.e. discrimination, prejudice, racism, micro-aggressions) and mental health (i.e. psychological distress, anxiety disorders, depression)
  • Generational coping strategies for mental health conditions in Black adults
  • Mental health equity for racial minorities
  • Improving mental health help seeking
  • Reducing mental health stigma

Selected Publications

  • Uchechi A Mitchell, PhD, MSPH, Melissa Gutierrez-Kapheim, MS, Ann W Nguyen, PhD, MSW, MS,Nadia Al-Amin, MPH, Hopelessness Among Middle-Aged and Older Blacks: The Negative Impact of Discrimination and Protecting Power of Social and Religious Resources,Innovation in Aging, Volume 4, Issue 5, 2020, igaa044,
  • Goldmann, E., Abramson, D., Piltch-Loeb, R., Samarabandu, A., Goodson, V., Azofeifa, A., Hagemeyer, A.,Al-Amin, N., Lyerla, R., Rapid Behavioral Health Assessment Post-disaster: Developing and Validating a Brief, Structured Module. Accepted at the Journal of Community Health.


Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences Expected, 2022
School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Master of Public Health, Epidemiology May 2016
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Capstone Title: Assessment of Disparities in Health Care Access and Health Outcomes among Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology, Minor in Biology December, 2013
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Professional Memberships

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist

Society for Prevention Research

American Public Health Association

National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Georgia State University

Selected Presentations

  • Roundtable: The Mental Health Impact of Marijuana and Alcohol: Which one is worse,American Public Health Association Conference, November 6, 2019.
  • Lecture: “Qualitative and Mixed Methods: Design Overview and Sampling Strategies” Developed for graduate student course, Community Health 2:Evidence-Informed Community Health Interventions, Spring 2019.
  • Oral Presentation: Addressing Behavioral Health in the workplace, developed and presented the Agency for Children and Families’ meeting on strengthening the healthcare workforce, October, 2018
  • Poster: Behavioral Health Disaster Response Capacity in Region 5,Developed and presented at the 2017 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists conference, June 2017
  • Oral Presentation: “Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Young People in Breastfeeding “, Office of Adolescent Health, Office on Women’s Health, October, 2016
  • Oral Presentation: Cultural Competency in Behavioral Health, Developed and Presented at the Culture and Coffee Community Partners meeting, November 2016
  • Oral Presentation: Behavioral Health Indicators in Region 5, Developed and presented at the CDC/CSTE/SAMHSA Behavioral Health Indicators Evaluation meeting, November, 2016

Research Currently in Progress

Uchechi A Mitchell, PhD, MSPH, Nadia Al-Amin, MPH, Melissa Gutierrez-Kapheim, MS, Holding on to Hope, in the writing phase

Nadia Al-Amin, MPH, Uchechi A Mitchell, PhD, MSPH, The Mental Health Impact of Marijuana and Alcohol: Which one is worse, in the writing phase.

Uchechi A Mitchell, PhD, MSPH, Nadia Al-Amin, MPH, Melissa Gutierrez-Kapheim, MS, COVID -Community Opportunities to Protect and Engage (COVID COPE)- The purpose of this project is to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the mental health and psychosocial well-being of a sample of black and white Chicagoans; and, to identify and compare the personal and community resources and resiliency factors they use to cope with the stress of the pandemic. Data collection phase.