Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
, Institute for Policy Research
, Laboratory for Human Biology Research
1810 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1300
Phone: (847) 467-4304
BiographyThom McDade is a biological anthropologist specializing in human population biology. His work is primarily concerned with the dynamic interrelationships among biology, culture, and individual psychosocial environments, with an emphasis on stress and the ecology of immune function. The development and application of minimally-invasive methods for integrating physiological measures into population-based research is also a major area of interest. Prior research in Samoa, and ongoing research in Bolivia, investigates how local cultural transitions associated with globalization affect child/adolescent health, while research in the Philippines is exploring the long term developmental consequences of early nutritional and pathogenic environments. He is currently applying conceptual and methodological tools from this work to US-based research on stress and health, with an emphasis on the potential contribution of stress to health disparities. Dr. McDade is also a Director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research, and associate director of Cells to Society (C2S): Center on Social Disparities and Health. McDade's work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, The National Institute of Health, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and he was a 2002 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Research InterestsHuman biology, biocultural perspectives on health and human development, medical anthropology and global health, ecological immunology, stress, health disparities, laboratory methods.
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