Linda F. Cushman, PhD, is a sociologist and health researcher with expertise in research design and implementation in underserved, minority communities. Dr. Cushman has directed numerous clinic and community-based studies in the areas of reproductive health, disease prevention, health services utilization, the use of alternative medicines, and health and migration issues in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Cushman teaches Research Design and Methods, as well as seminar courses, to Master's students at MSPH, and also teaches in a variety of other academic and community settings. Dr. Cushman is the director of the General Public Health Track at the Mailman School, and co-directs the Practicum Program in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, including programs in Uganda, Dominican Republic and in domestic Native American communities. She is a former recipient of the Dean's Award for Innovation in the Curriculum, the Mailman School of Public Health Award for Teaching Excellence, and is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy at Columbia University Medical Center. In April 2010 she was the recipient of Columbia University's 2010 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, one of only five faculty members selected across the University each year for this award for excellence.