Yonette F. Thomas

Science Advisor for Urban Health, New York Academy of Medicine, USA

Dr. Yonette F. Thomas is science advisor for urban health to The New York Academy of Medicine, a member of the International Society for Urban Health board, and a senior research advisor to the American Association of Geographers. She is a faculty affiliate of the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland College Park, and a voluntary associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she teaches social epidemiology. She was formerly the associate vice president for research compliance at Howard University. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioural and Social Sciences. Her primary research and publications have focused on the social epidemiology of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and the link with geography, including edited volumes: Geography and Drug Addiction, Crime, HIV, and Health: Intersections of Criminal justice and Public health Concerns. She has a PhD in medical sociology and demography, with post graduate training in epidemiology.