Thom McDade Anthropologist
Thom McDade’s research focuses on 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. He 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), 2004.
Carlos Montezuma Professor
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research
Director, Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health
T.W. McDade et al, "Long term effects of birth weight and breastfeeding duration on inflammation in early adulthood," Proc. R. Soc. B, vol. 281, pp. 20133116, 2014.
T.W. McDade, "Early environments and the ecology of inflammation," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., vol. 109, pp. 17281-8, 2012.
T.W. McDade et al, "What a drop can do: dried blood spots as a minimally invasive method for integrating biomarkers into population-based research," Demography, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 899-925, Nov. 2007.
Senior Fellow Child & Brain Development
Northwestern UniversityDepartment of Anthropology
PhD (Anthropology) Emory University
BA (Biosocial Anthropology) Pomona College
Ideas Related to Thom McDade
Adolescent girls who have strong relationships with their parents and good friendships with boys face fewer risks of health problems...
Lower weight babies and babies who aren’t breastfed or not breastfed for long are at greater risk of developing chronic...