Thom McDade

Thom McDade


  • Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development


  • Northwestern University
Department of Anthropology


  • United States


PhD (Anthropology), Emory University
BA (Biosocial Anthropology), Pomona College


Anthropologist Thom McDade studies health and human development in relation to social and cultural contexts and processes.

Current work focuses on the health impact of psychosocial stress and the long-term effects of early environments on inflammation. McDade has also developed ‘field-friendly’ methods for integrating biological measures into population-based social science research.


Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Carlos Montezuma Professor
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research
Director, Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health

Relevant Publications

McDade, T.W. et al. "Long term effects of birth weight and breastfeeding duration on inflammation in early adulthood." Proc. R. Soc. B 281 (2014): 20133116.
McDade, T.W. "Early environments and the ecology of inflammation." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109 (2012): 17281–17288.
McDade, T.W. et al. "What a drop can do: dried blood spots as a minimally invasive method for integrating biomarkers into population-based research." Demography 44, no. 4 (November 2007): 899–925.


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