New York Medical College

Deborah Viola, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy & Management

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Deborah Viola, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College, where she also serves as a research scholar at the Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy. Dr. Viola is an economist whose current research includes the effects of home-delivered meals programs among frail, isolated NYC residents; a study of the relationship between income support programs and health among children and communities; prisoner health and social justice; and the long term care needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Viola's current funding includes a HRSA grant for the development of medical residency training that emphasizes the non-medical determinants of health care. Dr. Viola sits on several community boards, including the Bergen County Board of Social Services, where she is the Secretary and Treasurer. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School at the City University of New York as a Robert E. Gilleece fellow.

Education Profile:

Graduate Degree: M.B.A., Ph.D.

Graduate Degree Institution: Fairleigh Dickinson University, City University of New York  

Undergraduate Institution:  Adelphi University

Selected Bibliography:

Legge D and Viola D, “Globalization, Development and Health: A Political Economic Perspective on the Global Struggle for Health,” in Women’s Global Health and Human Rights, Eds. P. Murthy and L. Smith (Boston: Jones and Bartlett): February 2009.

Viola D, Leven DC, LePere JC. End-of-life Care: An Inter-Disciplinary Perspective. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2009;26:75-78.

Arno PS, Sohler N, Viola D, Schechter C. Bringing Health and Social Policy Together: The Case of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2009;30:198-207.

Viola D, Arno PS. Credentialing and Management of Volunteer Health Professionals. In: Reilly M, Markenson D, eds. Healthcare Emergency Management: Principles and Practice. Jones & Bartlett; June 2010.

Arno, PS, House, JS, Viola, D, Schechter, C. Social Security and Mortality: The Role of Income Support Policies and Population Health in the United States. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2011 Feb 17. [PMID: 213263333]

MetLife Mature Market Institute, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and the Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy at New York Medical College. The MetLife Study of Caregiving Costs to Working Caregivers: Double Jeopardy for Baby Boomers Caring for Their Parents. (Center faculty contributors: Peter S. Arno, Deborah Viola, and Qiuhu Shi) June 2011.

Harelick L, Viola D, Tahara D. Preconception Health of Low Socioeconomic Status Women: Assessing Knowledge and Behaviors. Women's Health Issues. 2011 Jul-Aug;21(4):272-6. Epub 2011 May 24. [PMID: 21602055]

Arno, PS, Viola D. Removing the Social Security Earnings Cap, Report prepared for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Washington DC, July 22, 2011.

Viola D, Arno P, Siskowski C, Cohen D, Gusmano M. The Economic Value of Youth Caregiving in the United States. Relational Child and Youth Care. 2012;25(2):10-13.

Viola D, Shi Q, Murthy P. Microfinance Safety Net: Back to Basics. Health Care for Women International. 16 May 2012. [Epub ahead of print] DOI:10.1080/07399332.2012.67365.

Tantsyura V, Grimes I, Mitchel J, Sirichenko S, Crowe J, Viola D. Cost-effective Approach to Managing Laboratory Reference Ranges for Local Laboratories. Drug Information Journal, 0092861512446333, first published on May 21, 2012 (available at

Viola D, Arno PS. Long Term Care Planning for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. In: Tulley R, Crews J, eds. The Multiple Dimensions of Caregiving and Disability. Springer Publishing Company, 2012. Pp 169-83.

Sacco J, Carr D, Viola D. Palliative Medicine Consultation at an Urban Safety-net Hospital Increases DNR Outcomes Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, August 2012, first published online 9 July 2012DOI: 10.1177/1049909112450941.

Freeman L, Neckerman K, Schwartz-Soicher O, Quinn J, Richards C, Bader MD, Lovasi G, Jack D, Weiss C, Konty K, Arno P, Viola D, Kerker B, Rundle AG. Neighborhood Walkability and Active Travel (Walking and Cycling) in New York City. J Urban Health. 2012 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22941058

Maschi T, Viola D, Sun F. The High Cost of the International Aging Prisoner Crisis: Well-Being as the Common Denominator for Action. The Gerontologist, 2012 Oct 4;doi: 10.1093/geront/gns125

Maschi T, MacMillan, T, Viola, D. Group drumming and well-being: A promising self-care strategy for social workers. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 2012 Dec 19:doi:10.1080/17533015.2012.748081

Petrullo, K, LaMarr, S, Alexander, K, Nwanko, O, Viola, D. The Patient Satisfaction Survey: What does it mean to your bottom line?" Journal of Hospital Administration.2013;2(2):doi:10.5430/jha.v2n2p1

Jack D, Neckerman K, Schwartz-Soicher O, Lovasi GS, Quinn J, Richards C, Bader M, Weiss C, Konty K, Arno P, Viola D, Kerker B, Rundle A. Socio-economic status, neighbourhood food environments and consumption of fruits and vegetables in New York City. Public Health Nutr, 2013 Jul;16(7):1197-205. doi: 10.1017/S1368980012005642. Epub 2013 Feb 6. PubMed PMID: 23388104.

LaMarr S, Viola D. The Spiritual Impact of Workplace Sexual Harassment and Bullying on Nurses. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 2013 Feb: Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.1-14.

Viola D, Arno PS, Maroko AR, Schechter CB, Sohler N, Rundle A, Neckerman KM, Maantay J. Overweight and obesity: Can we reconcile evidence about supermarkets and fast food retailers for public health policy? J Public Health Policy. 2013 May 30. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2013.19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23719294.

Clare C, Afzal O, Knapp K, Viola D. Determining a Patient’s Comfort in Inquiring about Health Care Providers’ Hand Washing Behavior. Journal of Patient Safety, June 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 2 - p 68–74 doi: 10.1097/PTS.0b013e31827819d2

Maschi T, Viola, D, Morgen, K, Koskinen L. Trauma, Stress, Grief, Loss, and Separation among Older Adults in Prison: The Protective Role of Coping Resources on Physical and Mental Well-Being. Journal of Crime and Justice, epub ahead of print, July 12, 2013.

Maschi T, Viola D, Morgen K. Trauma, coping resources, and well-being among older adults in prison: Empirical evidence for theory and practice. The Gerontologist, advance access, July 19, 2013, doi:10.1093/geront/gnt069.

Arno, P. S., Viola, D. Hypertension Treatment at the Crossroads: A Role for Economics? American Journal of Hypertension 2013; doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpt171

Viola D, Arno PS, Byrnes J, Doran E. The Postpediatrician Transition: A Lifespan Perspective. Journal of Disability Studies, 2013 Nov 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Morgen, K, Maschi, T, Zgoba, K, Viola, D. Substance Use Disorder and the Older Offender. VISTAS Online, Article 97. November 2013.

Maschi T, Viola D et al. Bridging Community and Prison for Older Adults: Invoking Human Rights and Elder and Intergeneration Family Justice. International Journal of Prisoner Health, Volume 10 (1), epub Emerald Early Cite, January 2014.

Morrissey MB, Viola D, Shi Q. Relationship between pain and chronic illness among seriously ill older adults: expanding role for palliative social work. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2014;10(1):8-33. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2013.877861. PubMed PMID: 24628140.

Arno PS, Viola D. Response to "hypertension and its effects on the economy of the health system, for patients and society: suggestions for developing countries". Am J Hypertens. 2014 Apr;27(4):637. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpt299. Epub 2014 Mar 8. PubMed PMID: 24610900.

Viola D, Arno PS. Disparities Among Younger and Older Persons Alike. Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24625162.



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