Maria Madison

Interim Dean

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Office: Heller-Brown Building Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (Heller S
Phone: 718-736-3738
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Dr. Madison is the Heller School Associate Dean for Inclusion, Equity and Diversity. Her graduate school teaching experience includes courses on Intersectionality and Bioethics, Anti-bias/anti-racism workshops and Pro seminars, Discrimination Analytics, Clinical Trial Design Optimization and Problem Solving at Northeastern University as well as Evidence Based Research Methods at the University for Global Health Equity/Partners in Health in Kigali Rwanda. Dr. Madison’s career spans decades in health research including clinical and public health research in Africa and Europe, where courses on ethics are part of annual corporate responsibility best practices (e.g., Good Clinical Practices, GCPs, and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, CIOMS guidelines, and Brandeis Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, CITI, She is also a co Founder and President of a nonprofit, The Robbins House, Inc. The nonprofit focuses on the long civil rights movement in America, through the lens of African descended inhabitants of the eponymous 19th century house, including a black woman activist who attempted to challenge the nation's first civil rights act of 1866.


  • HS 239f - Intersectionality and Bioethics
  • HS 336f - Race/Intersectionality, Religion, and Justice
  • HS 444a - Discrimination Analytics and Policy
  • HS 800g - Proseminar
  • HS 801g - Proseminar
  • HSSP 114b - Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care


  • Harvard University, School of Public Health
  • Tufts University
  • Tufts University

Maria Madison

Interim Dean


Dr. Madison combines civic engagement with history and her career in public health. She received her ScD in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her dissertation presents an analysis of the morbidity and mortality of HIV/AIDS in Ouagadougou, Dakar and Abidjan. Part of that dissertation is a monograph, "Consequences Demographique du SIDA en Abidjan 1986-1992, Centres Francais sur la Population et le Developpment, CEPED. Dr. Madison spent 17 years managing clinical research studies in the private and public sectors where she received the Recognizing Excellence Award for Making a Difference: Signal Detection Process Development, Recognizing Excellence Award for Making an Impact: EU PV Legislation, and Excellence in Pharmacovigilance: Clinical Trials and Post Marketing, in addition to winning the inaugural Robert Gross Award for History [2019], Dr. Madison and her board won The Climate for Freedom Award [2020].
Dr. Madison is profiled in the book "Breaking Out, How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas," by John Butman. She is also a Trustee of Tufts University and serves on additional boards.
Dr. Madison is currently working with various local organizations to promote civic engagement and meaningful change in a time of growing and severe inequity. She will begin teaching a course focusing on health inequity in the fall of 2020, particularly highlighting the political, social and ecological determinants of health.
Her work includes grants to address Mental Health and Race Equity in the Waltham community, nested cortisol study assessing demographic differences in educational settings, and the Hope Institute for criminal justice involved high school students through partnership with the Boston Mayor’s Office for Strategic Initiatives, Janelle Ridley.

Awards and Honors

  • Climate for Freedom (2020)
  • Inaugural Robert Gross Award for History (2019)
  • Recognizing Excellence Award for Making a Difference: Signal Detection Process Development (2014)
  • Excellence in Pharmacovigilance: Clinical Trials and Post Marketing (2013)
  • Recognizing Excellence Award for Making an Impact: EU PV Legislation, (2013)


  • Madison, Maria. "Responding to Healthcare Disparities and Challenges with Access to care During COVID-19." Health Equity 5.1. HEQ 2020-29000-rtl-ver9-Nunez (2020): 12.