Mary Foley, EdD
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
Mary Foley, EdD, RN, CHES is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A core faculty member of in the Mount Sinai Graduate Program in Public Health (MPH) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), she served as Deputy Director of the MPH Program from 2010 to 2017. She is certified as a Health Education Specialist, and is currently Course Director for three MPH Program courses: Introduction to Socio-Behavioral Health, Research Methods, and Health Promotion Strategies. She is President of Beta Omicron chapter of the Honorary Society in Public Health, Delta Omega.
Dr. Foley has served on several MPH Program, departmental, and interdisciplinary committees in the Medical Center. Dr. Foley also served 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. Currently she chairs the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Committee of the Graduate Program in Public Health.
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’s current research interests include health promotion and disease prevention, cancer prevention and education, active living design, as well as qualitative research methods for a variety of health-related topical areas.
A member of the American Public Health Association, Dr. Foley has reviewed for Family Medicine; Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care; Journal of Family Practice ; American Journal of Health Behavior; and International Electronic Journal of Health Education.
ASN, Northeastern University College of Nursing
BA, City University of New York Lehman College
EdD, Columbia University Teachers College
MS, Columbia University Teachers College
Excellence in Teaching Award: Honorable Mention Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honorary Society
Chapter President, Delta Omega Public Health Honorary, Beta Omicron Chapter
Impact of LEED Design for Health Elements of Obesity in the South Bronx
This study’s goal was to evaluate the impact of living in low-income, rental housing with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Health credit on physical activity in children and their families, and on body mass index.
Impact of LEED-Certified Green Housing on Asthma in Urban NYC
This study’s goal was to document the effects of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified, affordable housing on the respiratory health and associated well-being of children and families in Melrose section of South Bronx, NY.
Stand Up to Work
This study’s goal is to assess the impact of adjustable workstations installed in Perkins+Will architecture firm, Atlanta GA, on employee health and wellness, as measured by perceived stress and sedentary behavior.
American Cancer Society
Physician Training Award in Cancer Prevention This study’s goal is to support and promote high impact and innovative cancer research across a wide range of disciplines to meet critically important needs in the control of cancer.
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.
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.
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;.
Zarzycka D, Marcinowicz L, Foley M, Ślusarska B, Windak A, Cuber T, Buczkowski K, Dobrowolska B. Characteristics of the perception of the nursing profession by Polish students of medicine. . Polish Journal of Public Health 2012; 122(1): 20-23.
Garland E, Thanik E, Sanchez S, Geevarughese A, Rialdi A, Rothenberg L, Foley M. Impact of LEED-Certified Affordable Housing on Asthma in the South Bronx. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 2013; 1(7): 29-37.
Garland E, Thanik E, Sanchez S, Geevarughese A, Rialdi A, Rothenberg L, Foley M. Impact of LEED-Certified Affordable Housing on Asthma in the South Bronx. Community Policy Brief. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 2013; 1(7): 25-26.
Brayer A, Foley M, Doroszkiewcz H, Jamiolkowski J, Marcinowicz L. Job satisfaction among masters in nursing in Central and East Poland: A preliminary study. . Family Medicine & Primary Care Review 2017; 19(1).