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Thom McDade


  • Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development


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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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