Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School, having moved there in 2016 after 26 years at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Trained at Bryn Mawr College and Columbia University, she has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities and is interested in the links between the environment and mental health. Her research examines the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal.
In 2004, she worked with colleagues in Upper Manhattan to start the CLIMB project, which has advocated for re-investment in the area's cliffside parks. This has spurred millions in new investment, including a 2016 $30 million investment to update Highbridge Park. In 2007, along with other community activists, she helped found the University of Orange in her hometown of Orange, NJ. The UofO is a collective offering free courses in urban culture so that students can become more active in determining the future of their city.
In 2016, author Dr. Fullilove was named an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects for "advancing architecture and urban planning through her expansive knowledge of cities and the relationship between the built environment and the wellness of society."
Her work is the subject of feature articles, including the 2015 New York Times "The Town Shrink," and she herself has published more than a hundred articles and six books.
- Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It
- Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities (2013)
- Collective Consciousness and Its Discontents: Institutional Distributed Cognition, Racial Policy and Public Health in the United States (2008) (with Rodrick Wallace)
- Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power (2008) (with Ernest Thompson)
- The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place (1999)
Selected articles (Visit Contently for more)
- "An Antidote for the Unjust City: Planning to Stay" in The Just City Essays from Next City (2015)
- "How I Learned to Love My Hometown" in Yes! Magazine (2012)