Maureen Black

Distinguished Fellow, Early Child Development

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  • BA, Mathematics and Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University
  • MA, Occupational Therapy and Psychology, University of Southern California
  • PhD, Developmental Psychology Emory University.

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Dr. Maureen Black is an international expert in early childhood development. She is the 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 and director of the Growth and Nutrition Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic for children with poor growth and feeding problems. She is also an adjunct professor in the Center for Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

A pediatric psychologist who conducts intervention research related to children’s nutrition, health, and development, as it relates to low-income communities nationally and abroad, Dr. Black is conducting NIH-funded pediatric obesity prevention trials with toddlers and with middle school girls, and is a principal investigator for Children’s HealthWatch, a multisite initiative that monitors the well-being of young children in low-income communities. She 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.