Margaret C. McDonald, PhD, MFA

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Global Affairs, Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine

Margaret C. McDonald, PhD, MFA, is associate vice chancellor for academic and global affairs, health sciences. 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; and promotes and implements health-related collaborative relationships with academic institutions in other countries.

Dr. McDonald is associate professor of epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, associate 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 include health and risk communication and the global burden of psychiatric illness.

Dr. McDonald is a primary organizer of the University’s annual, campus-wide celebration of science and technology. This symposium brings together more than 2,000 scientists, health professionals, representatives from science-related industries, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, economic development leaders, students, science educators, and others to showcase important and innovative research under way in Pittsburgh.

Dr. McDonald received her BA in English and drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her MFA from Antioch University, and her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Before coming to Pitt in 1983, Dr. McDonald worked as a science and medical journalist. She received the Robert G. Fenley Writing Award in 1991, the highest writing award given by the Association of American Medical Colleges.