Ruqayyah Abdullah

Training Program Administrator
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Ms. Abdullah is a Training Program Administrator for the Residency Training Program in General Adult Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine and the Zucker Hillside Hospital. Prior to joining Northwell Health, Ms. Abdullah served as a Public Health Educator at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she filled multiple crucial roles including Research Coordinator, Bronx District Public Health Office (2008-2013), Data Analyst for the St. Barnabas Community Service Plan (2011-2013), Public Health Liaison for the Bronx Breastfeeding Coalition (2010-2013), Public Health Representative for Lincoln Hospital’s Community Collaborative Research Committee (2008-2013) as well as representative for several community based organizations based throughout the Bronx. As the Bronx Coordinator, she also helped spearhead the Sugar Sweetened Beverages citywide campaign; she organized community outreach and supervised pilot testing throughout the Bronx and Harlem.

Ms. Abdullah received a BA from Queens College in Psychology with Honors in Math and Natural Sciences. During her undergraduate studies as a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar she conducted developmental biology studies. Ms. Abdullah’s research since then has focused on community health disparities, sexual and reproductive health, program evaluation and curriculum development. Her interest in research continued as she joined the Northwell Health System as a Research Assistant in 2014. In her current role as the Training Program Administrator, she loves to find innovative ways to provide solutions to everyday problems. She is a quick thinker and enjoys building community as she coordinates resident events such as retreats, movie night, graduation, the winter holiday party, and the intern reception.

Ms. Abdullah, a native New Yorker, was raised along with her 6 brothers in Brooklyn. As a child she was known to be independent, smart, tenacious and fun. These characteristics continued to blossom into adulthood, and now as the mother of 4 boys herself, she skillfully balances work and time with her family. When not in the office you can find her enjoying time with family and friends preferably on a beach, or at sporting events “embarrassing” her children.