Pricila Mullachery

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


Dr. Pricila Mullachery is an interdisciplinary scholar with background in health disparities, health service research and causal inference. Her research is focused on the effect of social and public health policies on population health and the potential of these policies to mitigate or exacerbate existing health disparities in various outcomes, including health care access, substance use disorders, and chronic non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Mullachery received a PhD in public health policy from New York University and completed her 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 8013

Research Methods in Health Policy


Selected Publications

  • 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. Social Science & Medicine, 310, pp. 115307-115307. Elsevier BV. 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. Journal of the American Heart Association, 11(17). Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1161/jaha.122.026587

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Harris, M., Macinko, J., Jimenez, G., & Mullachery, P. (2017). Measuring the bias against low-income country research: an Implicit Association Test. Global Health, 13(1), p. 80. England. doi: 10.1186/s12992-017-0304-y

  • Mullachery, P., Silver, D., & Macinko, J. (2016). Changes in health care inequity in Brazil between 2008 and 2013. Int J Equity Health, 15(1), p. 140. England. doi: 10.1186/s12939-016-0431-8

  • Macinko, J., Guanais, F.C., Mullachery, P., & Jimenez, G. (2016). Gaps In Primary Care And Health System Performance In Six Latin American And Caribbean Countries. Health Aff (Millwood), 35(8), pp. 1513-1521. United States. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1366

  • Waiswa, P., O'Connell, T., Bagenda, D., Mullachery, P., Mpanga, F., Henriksson, D.K., Katahoire, A.R., Ssegujja, E., Mbonye, A.K., & Peterson, S.S. (2016). Community and District Empowerment for Scale-up (CODES): a complex district-level management intervention to improve child survival in Uganda: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17(1), p. 135. England. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1241-4

  • Macinko, J., Mullachery, P., Silver, D., Jimenez, G., & Neto, O.L.M. (2015). Patterns of Alcohol Consumption and Related Behaviors in Brazil: Evidence from the 2013 National Health Survey (PNS 2013). PLoS One, 10(7), p. e0134153. United States. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134153

  • Macinko, J., Mullachery, P., Proietti, F.A., & Lima-Costa, M.F. (2012). Who experiences discrimination in Brazil? Evidence from a large metropolitan region. Int J Equity Health, 11, p. 80. England. doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-11-80

  • Moran, K.M., Mullachery, P.H., Lankenau, S., & Bilal, U. Changes in Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Opioid-Related Outcomes in Urban Areas during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Rapid Review of the Literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(15), pp. 9283-9283. MDPI AG. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19159283

  • Macinko, J. & Mullachery, P.H. Primary care experiences among Brazilian adults: Cross-sectional evidence from the 2019 National Health Survey. PLOS ONE, 17(6), pp. e0269686-e0269686. Public Library of Science (PLoS). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0269686