Mary Lou Gutierrez

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Health

Dr. Gutierrez obtained a BA degree in Psychology from UCLA, a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and a cancer prevention and control fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. She has 27 years of teaching epidemiology and research methods and professional experience in public health and community interventions. Dr. Gutierrez began working at Walden University since 2005 as a Contributing Faculty teaching MPH and PhD courses and mentoring dissertation students.
Dr. Gutierrez professional niche is in social epidemiology and health services research addressing chronic disease prevention and control in vulnerable populations. She has served as investigator in several collaborative landmark studies funded by NIH including the Jackson Heart Study, Deep South Network for Cancer Control, Southern Community Cohort Study, and currently a randomized community intervention study to improve self-care among African Americans with type 2 diabetes. In addition to her experience in NIH funded research, she serves as an NIH scientific reviewer, and reviewer for several journals, and co-author of multiple publications. Her commitment as a researcher is to build community and institutional research capacity by mentoring high school to doctoral level, as well as grassroots leaders in these communities.

Courses Taught

PUBH 9001 - Dissertation Research Forum

PUBH 9100 - Doctoral Study Research Forum


BA, University of California Los Angeles

PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Cancer Institute


Zambrana, R. E., Breen, N., Fox, S. A., Gutierrez, M. (1999). Use of cancer screening practices by Hispanic women: Analysis by subgroup. Preventive Medicine

Shankar, S., Gutierrez-Mohamed, Alberg, A. J. (2000). Cigarette Smoking among immigrant Salvadoreans in Washington, D.C.: Behaviors, Attitudes, and Beliefs. Addictive Behaviors

Payne TJ, Wyatt SB, Mosley TH, Dubbert PM, Gutierrez-Mohamed M, Calvin RL, Taylor HA, Williams DR., Gutierrez, M. (2005). Sociocultural methods in the Jackson Heart Study: Conceptual and descriptive overview. Ethnicity & Disease

Shahbazi M, Penman A, Yousef MM,., Gutierrez, M. (2008). Stroke awareness in two rural counties in Mississippi, USA. Shiraz E-Medical Journal

Sims, M., Wyatt, S. B., Gutierrez, M., Taylor, H. A., Williams, D. R. (2009). Development and psychometric testing of a multi-dimensional instrument of perceived discrimination among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study. Ethnicity & Disease

Jackson, B. M., Gutierrez, M., Relyea, G. E., Carlton, E. L., Ahn, S., Binklley, B. L., Bailey, J. E. (2017). Unmet primary care needs in diabetic patients with multimorbidity in a medically underserved area. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology

Salam, A., Segal, D. M., Abu-Helalah, M. A., Gutierrez, M., Joosub, I., Ahmed, W., Bibi, R., Clarke, E., Al Qarni, A. A. (2018). Impact of Work-Related Stress on Health Care Professional Medication Errors in Saudi Arabian Hospitals. International Journal for Quality in Healthcare

Abdulkhaleq, S. M., Griffin, H. R., Gutierrez, M. (2018). Association Between The Organization And Environmental Factors And Work Injuries Among Home Health Care Nurses. LIFE: International Journal Of Health and Life Sciences


Russell, C., Gutierrez, M., Addison, C. C. (2008). Depression, Integration, and Personal Stories as Predictors of Adherence among Adults with Diabetes. Jackson State University Center for Excellence on Minority Health

Ross, L., Gutierrez, M. (2014). Migration and Abdominal Obesity among Hispanic Migrant Farm Workers.

Gutierrez, M. (2010). Psychosocial Impact of Depression on Adherence to Diabetes Health Maintenance among African Americans. University of Mississippi Medical Center

Salam, A., Gutierrez, M. (2016). Impact of Work-Related Stress on Health Care Professional Medication Errors in Saudi Arabian Hospitals.

Pope, Z., Gutierrez, M. (2018). Lived Experience of Medically Underserved African-American Patients with Uncontrolled Diabetes with Promising Patient-Centered Self-care Interventions .