Margaret C McDonald, PhD, MFA

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and International Programs, Pitt Schools of the Health Sciences

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pitt School of Medicine


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Personal Statement

Dr. McDonald is associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, health sciences, at the University
of Pittsburgh.  In this capacity, she coordinates the development and support of research, educational, and public affairs initiatives within the health sciences schools and between the health
sciences and other University units,  provides expert support to University executive staff (senior vice chancellor for the health sciences, provost, chancellor), and  promotes and implements health-related collaborative relationships with academic institutions in other countries, Dr. McDonald has been a member of the project development team for initiatives in Sapporo, Japan (residency program in general internal medicine); Palermo, Italy (early proposals for the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies); Erzurum, Turkey (clinical and School of Medicine curriculum needs assessment); Cairo, Egypt (maternal and child health in rural areas); Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (health sciences curriculum consultation for Princess Noura University); and Astana, Kazakhstan (development of a new medical school at Nazarbayev University), as well as academic collaborations with universities and hospitals in Sao Paolo, Brazil; Manila, Philippines; Bogota and Cali, Colombia; Beijing, Shanghai, and Harbin, China; and Hyderabad, India, among

Dr. McDonald is also an assistant professor of epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, an assistant professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, faculty advisor to the Health Sciences Global Health Student Association, and a core faculty member of Pitt’s Center for Global Health.  Her research interests are health and risk communication, global mental health, and communication to effect health behavior change.

Dr. McDonald is the organizer of the University’s annual campus-wide celebration of science.  Over 
three days, this event brings together more than 2,000 scientists, representatives from science-related industries, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, economic development leaders, science educators, and othersinterested in science to showcase important and innovative research under way in Pittsburgh, to promote the potential of this research for regional economic development, to foster collaboration among local scientists, and to demonstrate for the public the essential role of science in everyday life.



1970 | University of North Carolina at Greensboro | Bachelor of Arts
1979 | Antioch University, Columbia, MD,  Campus | Master of Fine Arts
1993 | University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health | PhD (epidemiology)

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications
1. MCDONALD MC. In search of new remedies: mentally disabled doctors and the
practice of medicine. Ment Dis Law Reporter. 1979; 3 (6):428-435.
2. Detre TD, MCDONALD MC. Managed care and the future of psychiatry. Arch
Gen Psychiatry. 1997; 54 (3):201-204. PMID: 9075459.
3. Mitchell AM, Gale DD, Matzo ML, MCDONALD MC, Gadmer N. Critique of
transcultural practices in end-of-life clinical nursing practice. Nursing Forum.
2002; 37 (4):24-31. PMID: 12592835.
4. Reis SE, MCDONALD MC, Byers SJ. Crossing the research valleys of death: the
University of Pittsburgh Approach. Clinical and Translational Science. 2008; 1 (1).
PMCID: : PMC2635103. PMID: 19412329.
5. Levine AS, Detre TP, MCDONALD MC, Roth LH, Huber GA, Brignano MG,
Danoff SF, Farner DM, Masnick JL, Romoff JA. The relationship between the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center--a profile in synergy. Academic Medicine. 2008 Sep; 83
(9):816-826. PMID: 18728434.
6. Sweilam AM, Watson AM, Kassem SC, MCDONALD MC, Lipski R, Deshpande S,
Mansour H, Nimgaonkar VL. Suggested avenues to reduce the stigma of mental
illness in the Middle East. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. (accepted).

Reviews, Proceedings of Conferences and Symposia (not peer-reviewed), Editorials
1. MCDONALD MC. Psychiatry and industry: why is collaboration important? The
Psychiatric Hospital. 1982; 13:70-71. PMID: 10258865.
2. Kupfer DJ, MCDONALD MC. Notes on the Consensus Development Process.
Psychopharmacol Bull. 1985; 21:2-6. PMID: 2984712 (invited).

Books, Book Chapters, Monographs
1. MCDONALD MC. Adventure camping at Oregon State Hospital, in Camping
Therapy. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas, 1974.
2. MCDONALD MC. In: Allen RC, Ferster EZ, Rubin JG, editors. Defective
delinquency still an elusive concept in Maryland, in Readings in Law and
Psychiatry. Baltimore,MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975.
3. MCDONALD MC, Broido MS, Levine AS. Pittsburgh BioVenture: one university's
vision, in The Nexus of Research and Business. In: Rubin ER, Lindeman LM,
editors. . Washington DC: Association of Academic Health Centers, 2002.

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