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Wendy Ritch, Ph.D.(c), M.A., M.T.S.

Assistant Dean Of Assessment And Accreditation

Bachelor's Degree, Mount Holyoke College

M.T.S., Harvard University

Master's Degree, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Ph.D. (c), Rutgers University-Newark and NJIT

McAllan Hall, 334

Wendy Ritch earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Politics and Religion, her M.T.S. from Harvard University in Theology and Women’s Studies in Religion, and her M.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Political Theory and American Politics. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Urban Systems, which is a joint program at Rutgers-Newark and NJIT that is also interdisciplinary – the foci are urban health, urban environments, and urban education policy. Wendy has worked as faculty, staff, and an administrator in higher education for over 22 years. She has a background in health policy research, teaching, grant writing, program evaluation, student learning assessment, accreditations, all-hazards preparedness, administration, and change management. She is also a musician and visual artist whose portfolio can be found online.

Research Interests

Wendy’s research interests include health policy, population health, social determinants of health, LGBTQ+ health equity, intersectionality, domestic migration of LGBTQ+ populations, and cultural competence education for health professionals. In 2011, Wendy founded the interprofessional LGBTQ+ Health Working Group at the UMDNJ School of Nursing and was a member of the planning committee for the 8th National LGBTQ Health Equity Summit, an official ancillary of the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, in 2012. She presented on her dissertation topic, “Rise of the Queerburb – Relationships among the Domestic Migration of LGBTQ+ Populations, Health Policy, Health Equity, and Health Care Provider Cultural Competence,” at the GLMA’s National Nursing Summit in 2018 and is on the planning committee for the 2019 conference. Wendy enjoys being an agent of change and hopes that her work in the Urban Systems program and at Monmouth University School of Nursing and Health Studies will help to promote health equity for sexual and gender minorities as well as for all those who experience health disparities.


Book Chapter

DiGiulio, M., Ritch, W., Oates, P. (2016). LGBTQ Patient Care. In T. Buttaro, J. Trybulski, & P. Pulgar-Bailey (Eds.), Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice, Fifth Edition (pp. 59-65). St. Louis: Elsevier Press/Mosby.

Scholarly Articles

Qureshi, R., Zha, P., Kim, S., Hindin, P., Naqvi, Z., Holly, C., Dubbs, W., Ritch, W. (2017): Health care needs and care utilization among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations in New Jersey. Journal of Homosexuality, DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1311555

Ritch, W., Begay, M. (2002). Smoke and mirrors: How Massachusetts diverted millions in tobacco tax revenues. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 56, 522-528.

Ritch, W., Begay, M. (2001). Smoke and mirrors: How Massachusetts diverted millions in tobacco tax revenues. Tobacco Control, 10, 309-316.

Ritch, W., Begay, M. (2001). Strange bedfellows: The history of collaboration between the tobacco industry and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. American Journal of Public Health, 91(4), 598-603.

Professional Associations

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

GLMA Nursing Section

Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS)

Physician Assistant Education Association

Spirit of 1848 (social justice and public health online community


Rutgers School of Nursing, Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Students: 2012-2019

James Z. Naurison Fund, Scholarship for Graduate Study: 1994-95, 1995-96

Mount Holyoke College, Second Prize, Phi Beta Kappa Competition: 1990

Mount Holyoke College, Outstanding Contributions Award: 1989

Mount Holyoke College, Alumnae Scholar: 1986-90