Lab Director

Dr. Ndidiamaka N. Amutah-Onukagha (she/her) 

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the Julia A. Okoro Professor of Black Maternal Health in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her current research interests include maternal health disparities, reproductive health and social justice, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS in Black women. Dr. Amutah-Onukagha also serves as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Public Health and Professional Degree Programs.

Ndidiamaka is the Principal Investigator of two multi-year studies on maternal mortality and morbidity, an R01 funded by National Institutes of Health and an interdisciplinary grant on health equity funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of the MA-COVID 19 Maternal Equity Coalition and was honored with the American Public Health Association’s Maternal and Child Health Section’s Young Professional of the Year Award in 2019. She is in the 2020-2021 class of the top 40 under 40 Minority Leaders in Healthcare, an annual award given out by the National Minority Quality Forum. Ndidiamaka is a life-long member of the American Public Health Association and is currently the co-chair of the Perinatal and Women’s Health committee in the Maternal and Child Health section. Finally, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the Founder and Director of the Maternal Outcomes for Translational Health Equity Research Lab, (MOTHER) a research lab comprised of 35 students from undergrad to postdoc with a keen interest in reducing maternal health disparities as experienced by Black women.

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the founder, director, and mother of the MOTHER Lab. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and two beautiful sons. More information on Dr. Amutah-Onukagha can be found at www.ndidiamutahphd.com

CV |Personal Website | Tufts School of Medicine Faculty Profile | Link to Dr. Amutah-Onukagha’s publications

Program Manager

Dr. Vanessa Nicholson

Dr. Vanessa Nicholson is a community health practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the field of public health. Her formal training in the field began during her undergraduate years at Mississippi State University’s Longest Student Health Center where she trained as a peer health educator. Shortly after, she began working at the Department of Health while completing her Master’s in Public Health degree at Jackson State University. During this time, she led a team whose work resulted in a statewide plan for addressing the needs of HIV positive Mississippians. Once she received acceptance to the University of Texas Health Science Center, she acquired several roles in research development and grant writing, while also developing partnership with the community via outreach initiatives. Dr. Nicholson completed her doctoral program in 2017 and currently serves as a part-time Health Professor.   She has instructed several courses surrounding her areas of expertise in health program planning, health care administration, quantitative methods, health disparities research, and working with vulnerable populations. 

Research & Grants Committee

Marketing, Communications, & Events Committee

Community Engagement, Advocacy, & Policy Committee

Sunshine Committee

This internal committee is dedicated to bringing light and love to the Lab throughout the year, sending birthday cards, social media shout-outs, and gift baskets for accomplishments to our members as they progress through their personal and professional lives.

If you’d like to contribute in bringing light to the Lab, visit our Make a Difference page

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