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Judith H. LaRosa, PhD, RN

Vice Dean and Professor

Department of Health Policy and Management

Tel: (718) 270-3204 • Fax: (718) 270-2533



Background and Expertise:

  • PhD in Health Education: University of Maryland, College Park
  • Cultural Competency; Women’s Health; Cardiovascular Disease

Cultural and gender perceptions can play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention and intervention. Unfortunately, health professionals are often unaware of  such perceptions or, if aware, not clear on how to deal with them.   My research interests have been in understanding the role of gender-specific and cultural perceptions of diseases and their risk factors among different cultural groups. For example, what, if any, urgent actions will a man or woman of a certain culture take at the first signs and symptoms of a heart attack; will a woman prefer taking an herbal remedy rather than a prescribed medication for an illness; will a man refuse an examination because it insults his masculinity?  One research study was Acute Coronary Syndrome:  Time To Arrival In A Diverse Urban Setting, a study examining the urgent actions of culturally diverse men and women when faced with the signs and symptoms of an acute heart attack. 

Courses Taught:

  • CHSC 5203: Sex, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
  • CHSC 5302: Social Marketing
  • HPMG 5206: Introduction to Health Policy and Management
  • HPMG 7200: Public Health Management and Ethics
  • HPMG 7205: Interdisciplinary Leadership in Public Health

Current Projects:

Cultural Competency in Diverse Settings

Publications, 2000-Current

Books/Book Chapters

  • Alexander, Linda L, Judith H. LaRosa, Helaine Bader, and Susan Garfield. New Dimensions in Women’s Health. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishing Company, 2016. 6th edition.
  • Alexander, Linda L, Judith H. LaRosa, Helaine Bader, and Susan Garfield. New Dimensions in Women’s Health. 5th edition. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishing Company, 2006. 6th edition in process.
  • LaRosa, Judith H. and John C. LaRosa. Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and CVD in Women. Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. (ed: Luther Clark, Samy McFarlane). McGraw-Hill. 2006, 456-471.
  • LaRosa, John C. and Judith H. LaRosa. Dyslipoproteinämien bei Frauen. Handbuch der Fettstoffwechsel-störungen. Stuttgart: Schattauer 2006, 969-978.
  • LaRosa, John C. and Judith H. LaRosa. Präventionsstrategien bei Dyslipoptoteinamie.
  • Handbuch der Fettstoffwechsel-störungen. Stuttgart: Schattauer 2001, 745-763.


  • Deshmukh, M, M Joseph, N Verdecias, E Malka, JH LaRosa. 2011. Acute Coronary Syndrome: Factors affecting time to arrival in a diverse urban setting. Journal of Community Health, 36 (6): 895-902.
  • Imperato, Pascal James, Judith H. LaRosa, Florence Kavaler, Karen Benker, Leslie Schechter. 2011. The establishment of the School of Public Health at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center: The first nationally accredited School of Public Health in a public university in New York City. Journal of Community Health, 36: 1-13.
  • Marilyn Fraser, MD; Humberto Brown, MA; Peter Homel, PhD; Richard J. Macchia, MD; Judie LaRosa, PhD; Richard Clare, MPH; Donna Davis-King, PhD; Pat Collins; Tonya Samuel, MSPH; Grace Macalino, PhD; Ruth C. Browne, ScD. Barbers as Lay Health Advocates—Developing a Prostate Cancer Curriculum. (2009). Journal of the National Medical Association, 101 (7): 690-697.
  • LaRosa, Judith H. and John C. LaRosa. Coronary Heart Disease in Women: Focus on Lipids. (2006). Minerva Cardioangiologic, 54(3): 311-321.
  • Yadav Kabir, Shahriar Zetabchi, Nicole Johnson, Danielle Mailloux, Luarie Dubois, Renaldo Austin, Edmond Malka, Judith H. LaRosa. 2005. Predictors of Inner-city Recurrent Violence-related Injuries. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.23(7): 922-924.
  • Imperato Pascal James, Judith H LaRosa, and Leslie Schechter. (2005). The development of a Master of Public Health program with an initial focus on urban and immigrant health at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Journal of Community Health, 30(6): 417-449.
  • Nicasio J, El-Atat F, McFarlane SI, LaRosa JH. (2005). Cardiovascular disease in diabetes and the cardiometabolic syndrome: focus on minority women. Current Diabetes Report:.5(3):208-13.
  • LaRosa, Judith H. A spectrum of sex differences across a disease: Coronary Heart Disease. In Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter? TM Wizeman and ML Pardue (editors), Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2001. 125-133.
  • LaRosa, Judith H. and John C. LaRosa. 2000. Care and compliance: Enhancing adherence in lipid lowering medications. Archives of Family Medicine, 9: 1169-1175, 2000.

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