Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Sociomedical Sciences Expert Honored by the American Sociological Association

Dr. Angela Aidala, associate research scientist in the department of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School, will receive the William Foote Whyte Award by the American Sociological Association Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.  The committee noted her commitment to the work of the section and furthering the practice side of the discipline and public sociology, promoting the use of sociology to inform public policy.  Dr. Aidala has been invited to give a talk at the upcoming American Sociological Association conference on her experience with academic, provider, advocacy, and policy research collaborations.


[Photo: Dr. Angela Aidala]

Dr. Aidala has served as PI or Co-PI for over 20 collaborative community health or services research projects including the Community Health Advisory & Information Network (CHAIN) Project, an ongoing cohort study of people living with HIV in NYC which serves as a major source of service planning data for New York City and the state. She recently completed a project with multiple governmental agencies and community providers to evaluate a housing-based health and community reentry intervention for homeless adults with multiple episodes of jail incarceration. Results have informed similar interventions in multiple jurisdictions nationally. Dr. Aidala serves as evaluator for the Region 2 Public Health Training Center, helping departments of health in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island assess workforce training needs and evaluate training programs. Her recent work focuses on housing (lack of housing) as a major social determinant of health and methodological and statistical approaches to improving ‘practice-based’ evidence.

Mr. William Foote Whyte addressed questions that lie at the heart of sociology—how individuals, groups, and societies shape each other—and illuminated them with his innovative methodology he referred to as ‘participatory action research.’ His practice of sociology was aimed at social reform, never accepting the premise that social science should be a purely academic profession. He was known for his study in urban sociology, Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum.