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Ashley Fox

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Health Evidence and Policy
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Training Areas


  • BA, University of Connecticut
    Political Science

  • MA, University of Connecticut
    Political Science

  • PhD, Columbia University
    Sociomedical Sciences

  • Fellowship, Harvard University
    Global Health and Population

  • Fellowship, Yale University
    AHRQ Fellow


    Ashley M. Fox, MA, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Evidence and Policy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Spanning both international and domestic settings, her research focuses on the political economy of health and development and health politics and policy. Topically, her main research interests have concerned HIV prevention and health system strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research interests concern the relationship between economic insecurity stemming from the great recession and health and obesity politics and policy.  She is part of the Division of Social Epidemiology at Mount Sinai and a member of the Center for Health Equity and Community-Based Research. She has served as a consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF, and PATH.

    Current Courses:
    Public Health: Politics and Policy (MPH 0106)

    Link to my Health Equity blog posts on Health Justice CT:


  • 2010 - 2010
    Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health.
    Columbia University

  • 2010 - 2010
    Award for Excellence in Global Health
    Columbia University

  • 2005 - 2008
    Fellow in International Development and Globalization


Fox AM. AIDS policy responsiveness in Africa: evidence from opinion surveys. Global Public Health, Special Issue on HIV scale-up and the politics of global health, online ahead of print: 2014;.

Fox AM. Marital concurrency and HIV risk across 16 African countries. AIDS and Behavior, online ahead of print: 2014;: DOI 10.1007/s10461-013-0684-9.

Blanchet NJ, Fox AM. Prospective political analysis for policy design: Enhancing the political viability of single-payer health reform in Vermont. Health policy 2013 Mar 18; in press: doi:pii: S0168-8510(13)00064-X. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.02.012. [Epub ahead of print].

Finlay J, Fox AM. Reproductive Health Laws and Fertility Decline in Ghana. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2013; in press.

Breland JY, Fox AM, Horowitz CR, Leventhal H. Applying a common-sense approach to fighting obesity. J Obes 2012; 2012: 710427.doi: 10.1155/2012/710427.

Fox AM. The HIV-poverty thesis re-examined: poverty, wealth, or inequality as a social determinant of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa? . J. Biosocial Science 2012; 44: 459–480.

Fox AM, Mann D, Ramos M, Horowitz CR. Perceived barriers are associated with lower levels of Physical Activity in an Underserved Community in New York. Journal of Obesity 2012; Article ID 719140: 8 pages:doi:10.1155/2012/719140.

Goldberg A, Fox AM, Gore R, Baernighausen T. Indicators of political commitment to respond to HIV. Sex Transm Infect 2012; 88: e1. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2011-050221.

Fox AM, Goldberg A, Gore R, Baernighausen T. Conceptual and methodological challenges to measuring political commitment to respond to HIV. JIAS 2011; 14(Suppl 2): S5-S18.

Adams JL, Hansen NB, Fox AM, Taylor BB, Van Rensburg MJ, Mohlahlane R, Crewe M, Sikkema KJ. Correlates of HIV testing among abused women in South Africa. Violence Against Wom 2011; 17: 1014-1023.

Zhou Z, Gao J, Fox AM, Rao K, Xu K, Xu L, Zhang Y. Measuring the equity of inpatient utilization in Chinese rural areas. BMC Health Serv Res 2011; 11: 201-213.

Fox AM. The social determinants of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa: An inverse relationship between poverty and HIV? . Public Health Rep 2010; 125(S4): 16-24.

Sikkema KJ, Neufeld SA, Hansen NB, Mohlahlane R, Van Rensburg MJ, Watt MH, Fox AM, Crewe M. Integrating HIV prevention into services for abused women in South Africa. AIDS Behav 2010; 14: 431–439.

Meier B, Fox AM. International obligations through collective rights: Employing international legal claims to strengthen global health governance. Health & Human Rights 2010; 12(1): 61-72.

Sikkema K, Nathan H, Meade C, Kochman K, Fox AM. Psychosocial predictors of HIV transmission and risk behavior among HIV-positive adults with a childhood sexual abuse history. Arch Sex Behav 2009; 38(1): 121-134.

Fox AM, Meier B. Health as freedom: Addressing social determinants of global health inequities through the human right to development. Bioethics 2009; 23(2): 112-122.

Meier B, Fox AM. Transcending the available resources: The intersections of the individual right to health with the collective right to development. Hum Rights Quart 2008; 30: 259-355.

Fox AM. Gender transformation requires population approaches to addressing gender-based violence and HIV. Sex Transm Infect 2007; 83(6): 499.

Fox AM, Jackson S, Hansen N, Gasa N, Crewe M, Sikkema K. In their own voices: A qualitative study of violence against women and HIV in South Africa. Violence Against Wom 2007; 13(6): 583-602.

Fox AM, Wheatley B, Horowitz CR. Best practices in policy approaches to obesity prevention. J Health Care Poor Underserved; in press.

Breland JY, Fox AM, Horowitz CR. Screen time, physical activity and depression risk in minority women. Ment Health Phys Act; in press.

Fox AM, Reich MR, Horowitz CR. Scaling up affordable health insurance: Staying the course. In: Chapter 10, Political Economy of Reform: The Art of the Feasible. World Bank, Washington, D.C. , Preker, A.S., Lindner, M.M., Chernichosky D., Schellekens, O.P.;.

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Dr. Fox did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2012 and/or 2013: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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