Pricila H Mullachery

Assistant Professor
Health Services Administration and Policy
1301 Cecil B Moore Avenue 539


Dr. Pricila Mullachery is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in health disparities, policy analysis, and causal inference. Her research is focused on the effect of laws and policies on health outcomes among disadvantaged populations. She is particularly interested in elucidating the mechanisms by which policies may mitigate or exacerbate existing health disparities. Her research on disparities includes complex public health issues related to the opioid epidemic, the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases, and COVID-19.

Dr. Mullachery received a PhD in public health policy from New York University and completed postdoctoral training in social epidemiology and urban health at Drexel University School of Public Health. Dr. Mullachery also received an MPH from NYU and a dental surgery degree from the University of Pernambuco, Brazil.


  • PhD, Public Health Policy, New York University
  • MPH, New York University
  • MS, Fiocruz Foundation, Brazil
  • DDS, University of Pernambuco, College of Dentistry, Brazil

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




HPM 5006

Political and Economic Aspects of Health


HPM 8013

Research Methods in Health Policy


Selected Publications

  • D'Adamo, A., Schnake-Mahl, A., Mullachery, P.H., Lazo, M., Roux, A.V.D., & Bilal, U. (2023). Health disparities in past influenza pandemics: A scoping review of the literature. SSM Popul Health, 21, p. 101314. England. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101314

  • Mullachery, P.H., Quistberg, D.A., Lazo, M., Indvik, K., Perez-Ferrer, C., López-Olmedo, N., Colchero, M.A., & Bilal, U. (2022). Evaluation of the national sobriety checkpoints program in Mexico: a difference-in-difference approach with variation in timing of program adoption. Inj Epidemiol, 9(1), p. 32. England. doi: 10.1186/s40621-022-00407-4

  • Schnake-Mahl, A.S., O'Leary, G., Mullachery, P.H., Skinner, A., Kolker, J., Roux, A.V.D., Raifman, J.R., & Bilal, U. (2022). Higher COVID-19 Vaccination And Narrower Disparities In US Cities With Paid Sick Leave Compared To Those Without. Health Aff (Millwood), 41(11), pp. 1565-1574. United States. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2022.00779

  • Schnake-Mahl, A.S., Mullachery, P.H., Purtle, J., Li, R., Roux, A.V.D., & Bilal, U. (2022). Heterogeneity in Disparities in Life Expectancy Across US Metropolitan Areas. Epidemiology, 33(6), pp. 890-899. United States. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001537

  • Mullachery, P.H., Li, R., Melly, S., Kolker, J., Barber, S., Roux, A.V.D., & Bilal, U. (2022). Inequities in spatial accessibility to COVID-19 testing in 30 large US cities. Soc Sci Med, 310, p. 115307. England. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115307

  • Mullachery, P.H., Vela, E., Cleries, M., Comin-Colet, J., Nasir, K., Roux, A.V.D., Cainzos-Achirica, M., Mauri, J., & Bilal, U. (2022). Inequalities by Income in the Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease and Its Risk Factors in the Adult Population of Catalonia. J Am Heart Assoc, 11(17), p. e026587. England. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.122.026587

  • Bilal, U., Mullachery, P.H., Schnake-Mahl, A., Rollins, H., McCulley, E., Kolker, J., Barber, S., & Roux, A.V.D. (2022). Heterogeneity in Spatial Inequities in COVID-19 Vaccination Across 16 Large US Cities. Am J Epidemiol, 191(9), pp. 1546-1556. United States. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwac076

  • Moran, K.M., Mullachery, P.H., Lankenau, S., & Bilal, U. (2022). Changes in Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Opioid-Related Outcomes in Urban Areas during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Rapid Review of the Literature. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 19(15). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19159283

  • McCulley, E.M., Mullachery, P.H., Ortigoza, A.F., Rodríguez, D.A., Roux, A.V.D., & Bilal, U. (2022). Urban Scaling of Health Outcomes: a Scoping Review. J Urban Health, 99(3), pp. 409-426. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11524-021-00577-4

  • Bilal, U., McCulley, E., Li, R., Rollins, H., Schnake-Mahl, A., Mullachery, P.H., Vaidya, V., Koh, C., Dureja, K., Sharaf, A., Furukawa, A., Juliano, C., Barber, S., Kolker, J., & Roux, A.V.D. (2022). Tracking COVID-19 Inequities Across Jurisdictions Represented in the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC): The COVID-19 Health Inequities in BCHC Cities Dashboard. Am J Public Health, 112(6), pp. 904-912. United States. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306708

  • Mullachery, P.H., Lankenau, S., Roux, A.V.D., Li, R., Henson, R.M., & Bilal, U. (2022). Urban scaling of opioid overdose deaths in the USA: a cross-sectional study in three periods between 2005 and 2017. BMJ Open, 12(3), p. e048831. England. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048831

  • Schnake-Mahl, A.S., O'Leary, G., Mullachery, P.H., Vaidya, V., Connor, G., Rollins, H., Kolker, J., Roux, A.V.D., & Bilal, U. (2022). The Impact of Keeping Indoor Dining Closed on COVID-19 Rates Among Large US Cities: A Quasi-Experimental Design. Epidemiology, 33(2), pp. 200-208. United States. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001444

  • Mullachery, P.H., Rodriguez, D.A., Miranda, J.J., López-Olmedo, N., Martinez-Folgar, K., Barreto, M.L., Roux, A.V.D., & Bilal, U. (2022). Mortality amenable to healthcare in Latin American cities: a cross-sectional study examining between-country variation in amenable mortality and the role of urban metrics. Int J Epidemiol, 51(1), pp. 303-313. England. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyab137

  • Macinko, J. & Mullachery, P.H. (2022). Primary care experiences among Brazilian adults: Cross-sectional evidence from the 2019 National Health Survey. PLoS One, 17(6), p. e0269686. United States. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0269686

  • Valentino, G., Ortigoza, A., Osiac, L.R., Doberti, T., Mullachery, P., & Nazzal, C. (2022). Smoking Ban Law in Chile: Impact in Newborns' Birth Weight by Women's Age Groups and by City Population Density. Int J Public Health, 67, p. 1605087. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/ijph.2022.1605087

  • Mullachery, P.H. & Macinko, J. (2022). The authors reply. Cad Saude Publica, 38Suppl 1(Suppl 1), p. e00010422. Brazil. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00010422

  • Macinko, J. & Mullachery, P.H. (2022). Education-related health inequities in noncommunicable diseases: an analysis of the Brazilian National Health Survey, 2013 and 2019. Cad Saude Publica, 38Suppl 1(Suppl 1), p. e00137721. Brazil. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00137721

  • Bilal, U., Castro, C.P.d.e., Alfaro, T., Barrientos-Gutierrez, T., Barreto, M.L., Leveau, C.M., Martinez-Folgar, K., Miranda, J.J., Montes, F., Mullachery, P., Pina, M.F., Rodriguez, D.A., Santos, G.F.D., Andrade, R.F.S., & Roux, A.V.D. (2021). Scaling of mortality in 742 metropolitan areas of the Americas. Sci Adv, 7(50), p. eabl6325. United States. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abl6325

  • Mullachery, P.H. & Bilal, U. (2021). Social cross-over in cardiovascular disease: context matters. Heart, 107(10), pp. 778-780. England. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2020-318691

  • Bilal, U., Hessel, P., Perez-Ferrer, C., Michael, Y.L., Alfaro, T., Tenorio-Mucha, J., Friche, A.A.L., Pina, M.F., Vives, A., Quick, H., Alazraqui, M., Rodriguez, D.A., Miranda, J.J., Diez-Roux, A.V., & group, S. (2021). Life expectancy and mortality in 363 cities of Latin America. Nat Med, 27(3), pp. 463-470. United States. doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-01214-4

  • Mullachery, P.H. & Bilal, U. (2021). Urban scaling of opioid analgesic sales in the United States. PLoS One, 16(10), p. e0258526. United States. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258526

  • Mullachery, P., Macinko, J., & Silver, D. (2020). Have Health Reforms in Brazil Reduced Inequities in Access to Cancer Screenings for Women? J Ambul Care Manage, 43(3), pp. 257-266. United States. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000333

  • McCulley, E.M., Mullachery, P., Rodriguez, D., Roux, A.V.D., & Bilal, U. (2019). Urban scaling of health outcomes: a protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open, 9(11), p. e031176. England. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031176

  • Deputy, N.P., Sharma, A.J., Bombard, J.M., Lash, T.L., Schieve, L.A., Ramakrishnan, U., Stein, A.D., Nyland-Funke, M., Mullachery, P., & Lee, E. (2019). Quality of Maternal Height and Weight Data from the Revised Birth Certificate and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System. Epidemiology, 30(1), pp. 154-159. United States. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000936