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Mary Foley

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Preventive Medicine
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  • B.A., City University of New York Lehman College

  • Ed.D., Columbia University Teachers College

  • M.S., Columbia University Teachers College

  • A.S.N., Northeastern University College of Nursing


    Dr. Foley is Deputy Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM). She is certified as a Health Education Specialist, and is Course Director for three MPH Program courses: Introduction to Socio-Behavioral Health, Research Methods, and Addiction Medicine. She is currently President of Beta Omicron chapter of the Honorary Society in Public Health, Delta Omega. Dr. Foley serves on several MPH Program, departmental, and interdisciplinary committees in the Medical Center.

    Additionally, Dr. Foley is a founding member of the Community Action Board (CAB) of New York Academy of Medicine's Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies which uses a Community Based Participatory Research framework to identify and address community health needs in Harlem. Dr. Foley and colleagues conducted focus groups of former substance users, documented perceptions of their health-related needs, and produced a "Survival Guide," a printed booklet-style guide for health promotion and disease prevention. A companion CAB project, the web-based "Harlem Resource Guide," is a virtual social service directory of community social services and is described in a co-authored article.

    Dr. Foley also serves as health education consultant to the Cultural Competencies Training Project at MSSM, aimed to institutionalize cultural competency activities and enhance cultural sensitivity throughout the School of Medicine curriculum, residency training, and continuing medical education programs.

    A member of the American Academy of Health Behavior, American Public Health Association, Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education, and Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Education Honorary, Dr. Foley has reviewed for Family Medicine; Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care; Journal of Family Practice; and International Electronic Journal of Health Education.



Health education and health promotion; Cultural competency; Relationship-centered care; Social determinants of health.


Foley ME, Garland E, Stimmel B, Merino R. Innovative clinical addiction research training track in preventive medicine. Substance Abuse 2000; 21(2): 111-119.

Galea S, Factor SH, Bonner S, Foley ME, Freudenberg N, Latka M, Palmero AG, Vlahov D. Collaboration among community members, local health service providers, and researchers in an urban research center in Harlem, New York. Public Health Rep 2001 Nov-Dec; 116(6): 530-9.

Laborde J, Foley ME. Hormone replacement therapy counseling: prevalence and predictors. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2002 Nov; 11(9): 805-11.

Factor SH, Galea S, De Duenas Geli LG, Saynisch M, Blumenthal S, Canales E, Poulson M, Foley ME, Vlahov D. Development of a 'survival' guide for substance users in Harlem, New York City. Health Educ Behav 2002; 29(3): 312-25.

Pulcino T, Galea S, Ahern J, Resnick H, Foley ME, Vlahov D. Post traumatic stress in women after September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. Journal of Women's Health 2003 Oct; 12(8): 809-20.

Foley ME, Butts G, Poliandro E. An innovative course in culture and medicine: Culture, Illness and Community Health. Ann Behav Med 2003; 9(1).

Sherman LR, Butts G, Foley ME. A method for measuring cultural behaviors in the clinical setting. Ann Behav Med 2006; 1: 39-41.

Israel BA, Vlahov D, Ciske S, Foley ME, Fortin P, Guzman R, Licchtenstein R, McGranaghan R, Palermo A, Tang G. Challenges and facilitating factors in sustaining community-based participatory research partnerships: Lessons learned from the Detroit, New York City and Seattle Urban Research Centers.. Journal of Urban Health 2006; 83(6): 1022-1040.

Estrella L, Cunningham-Rundles C, Foley ME. X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia in a 10 Year Old Child: A Case Study.. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2007;: 19:205-211.

Marcinowicz L, Foley ME. Polish Medical students’ perceptions of the nursing profession: A cross-sectional study. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences.. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 2008 October;.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Foley did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: 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.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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