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Mary Lutz

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Mary Lutz


25 Broadway 7-59
Phone Number: 
(212) 925-6625 x204
(212) 925-0963

Prior to joining the full-time faculty in 2007, Mary Lutz conducted social welfare and health services research on a wide array of issues, including child welfare, medically underserved areas, incarceration, clinical depression, substance abuse,  AIDS, unemployment, immigration, and complementary medicine.

Teaching part-time for many years as an Assistant Professor for the Center for Worker Education, and working in agencies throughout New York City, she is the lead author of five articles in peer-reviewed journals, nine published research reports, 16 published conference presentations, a monograph, book chapter, and is co-author of one book, Face of the Nation (1987).

Her current research partners with New York City Community Boards in conducting pedestrian surveys for Community Needs Assessments.  This research activity involves students in service-learning and community residents in producing scientifically valid information on neighborhood priorities. Reports have been produced for Boards and residents of West Harlem, Central Brooklyn, Downtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn.

She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and member of American Public Health Association, National Association of Social Work, and New York State Addictions Educators Network.


Updated 12-16-2015


B.A. Columbia University

M.S.Hunter College

D.S.W.Columbia University School of Social Work

M.P.H.Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology   Her doctoral dissertation examined women's employment status and health care access. Her postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology produced an experiment that successfully measured environmental influences on survey response bias. Dr. Lutz's unflagging interests in both these areas have led her to working with others for health care as a human right and in finding creative ways to advocate against stigma.

Courses Taught

Social Welfare Institutions I and II

Field Work Research

Principles of Social Work

HIV in the Global City

Interviewing Practicum

Community Needs Assessment

Drugs: Their History and Sociology

Doing Social Research

Statistics for the Social Sciences

Research Interests

Dr. Lutz is currently conducting a feasibility study to expand neighborhood-college collaboration on priority needs for all of New York City's 59 Community Districts using a service-learning model.  The methodology for this work is profiled in (2014).

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