RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— RTI International is pleased to announce Maureen Black, PhD, has been named one of Maryland’s top 100 women. The annual awards published by the Daily Record recognizes outstanding achievements by women through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. Black was chosen by a panel of business professionals and the previous year’s award winners. More than 400 women were nominated for the top honors this year.
An international expert on childhood development, Black is a Distinguished Fellow at RTI International, an award that recognizes exceptionally talented individuals whose scientific accomplishments have made a significant impact on society.
At RTI International, Black is with the research institute’s International Development Group where her research focuses on children’s nutrition, health, and development in low-income communities nationally and abroad. She is currently conducting NIH-funded pediatric obesity prevention trials with toddlers and middle school girls, and is a principal investigator for Children’s HealthWatch, an initiative that monitors the well-being of young children in low-income communities.
A pediatric psychologist, Black also serves as a John A. Scholl MD and Mary Louise School MD Endowed Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She directs a multidisciplinary clinic for children with poor growth and feeding problems.
Black currently chairs the Child Health Foundation, has served on committees for UNICEF, WHO, APA, SRCD, the Institute of Medicine; and is a founding member of the Global Child Development Group. She has published over 250 journal articles and chapters.
Black has a doctoral degree in psychology from Emory University, a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Pennsylvania State University.