Marie Clare McCormick
Emeritus Faculty

Marie Clare McCormick

Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor, Emerita

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Dr. McCormick is a pediatrician with a second doctorate in health services research, with all of her post-graduate training at Johns Hopkins. In 1987, she joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and, in 1991, she became Professor and Chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics. She is currently the Sumner & Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal & Child Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, and Senior Associate for Academic Affairs in the Department of Neonatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Her research has focused on the effectiveness of perinatal and neonatal health services on the health of women and children with a particular concern in the outcomes of very premature infants. She has been a senior investigator on the evaluations of two national demonstration programs (the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Perinatal Regionalization Program, and currently the federal Healthy Start Program). In addition, she has provided significant scientific, input, in a variety of roles, to the design and conduct of Infant Health and Development Project, the largest, multisite randomized trials of early childhood educational intervention, in particular, serving as the principal investigator of the follow-up at eighteen years of age.

She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, among other organizations. Her work on several committees, most notably the Immunization Safety Review Committee has earned her the David Rall Medal for exceptional service.



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