Marlene Camacho-Rivera

Dr. Marlene Camacho-Rivera is an Assistant Medical Professor in the department of Community Health and Social Medicine at the CUNY School of Medicine.  An epidemiologist by training, Dr. Camacho-Rivera’s research focuses on three main themes:


  1. Elucidating social determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, and cancer

  2. Exploring within group heterogeneity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease outcomes among racial/ethnic groups

  3. Developing culturally-tailored, patient-centered interventions to improve chronic disease self-management among urban minorities

Dr. Camacho-Rivera received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University and her doctoral degree in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and has additional training in health policy and management. Committed to reducing health disparities, Dr. Camacho-Rivera has been the recipient of several fellowships from the National Institutes of Health including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Public Health Association, and the New York Academy of Medicine.