Leadership Experience


Member, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health (2013-present)

Member, Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, American Red Cross (member 1988-2000; ad hoc member 2000-present)

Chair, Planning Group, 2013 National Interdisciplinary Summit for Children’s Mental Health (2012-2014)

Chair, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Fellowship Program Selection Committee (2012; Member, 2011)

Chair, Planning Group, 2009 National Interdisciplinary Summit for Children’s Mental Health (2007-2010)

Director, Office of Policy and Communications, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) (2003-2009)

Director, SRCD Congressional and Executive Branch Science Fellowship Program (2003-2009)

Member, Executive Committee, Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) (2003-2009)

Ex-officio Member, SRCD Governing Council, Policy and Communications Committee, Ethics Committee (2003-2009)

Member, Advisory Committee, AAAS Congressional Science Fellowship Program (2007-2009)

Member, Advisory Council, Child Care and Early Education Research Collaboration and Archive (2004-2009)


Owner, Independent Practice (2000-Present)

Member, HealthySteps National Advisory Committee (2018-present)

Contributor, Integrated Primary Care Psychology: An Introductory Curriculum (APA Div 38) Module: Working in Pediatric Integrated Primary Care: The Role of the Psychologist (2021)

(Lead writer) American Psychological Association (2015). Professional practice guidelines: Guidance for developers and users. American Psychologist, 70, 823-831.

Chair, Planning Committee, APA Presidential International Summit, Global Approaches to Integrated Health Care (2014-2015)

Chair, APA Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) (2013; Member, 2011-2012)

Co-Chair, BPA-CAPP Masters Workgroup (2013)

Member, Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Div 54) Task Force on Integrated Care (2013-2017)

Chair, APA Committee on Professional Practice and Standards (COPPS) (2010; Member, 2008-2009)

Director, Health Psychology Program (1998-2003), Clinical Director, Hematology/Oncology Patient Support Program (1989-2003), Children’s National Medical Center


Member, APA Practice-Education Steering Committee, Assembly on the Value/Distinctiveness of a Doctoral Degree in Health Service Psychology (HSP) (2020-21)

Member, APA Board of Educational Affairs (July, 2017-2020)

Presenter, Continuing Education Workshops, Involving Minors in Decisions about Medical and Mental Health Care for psychologists and pediatricians (2013-2016)

Member, APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Workgroup on Masters’ Education (2012-2013)

Director of Training in Psychology, Children’s National Medical Center (1994-2003)

Academic Appointments:

  • George Washington University School of Medicine (Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, 2003-present; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, 1997-2003; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, 1989-1997)
  • George Mason University (Affiliate Faculty, Applied Developmental Psychology, 2009-2019)
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston (Adjunct Faculty in Psychology, 1986-87)

Public Interest

Chair, Child, Adolescent, and Family Caucus, APA Council of Representatives (2020 -present)

Chair, APA Children’s Mental Health Resolution Working Group (2018)

Chair, APA Interdivisional Task Force on Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2011-present; Member, 2007-2011)

Co-Moderator, Roundtable Discussion on Opportunities for Achieving Behavioral Health Equity Through State and Local Policies, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine workshop on health equity (2016)

Chair, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine workshop on health care reform and promoting children’s behavioral health (2016)


President, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (APA Division 37) (2015)

Founding Member/Executive Committee, Collaborative to Enhance Diversity in Science (2007- 2013); Led Survey of Professional Associations and Scientific Societies regarding training of scientists from under-represented minority groups (2008)


Chair, Advisory Board, Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families (www.infoaboutkids.org) (2015-present)

Editorial Boards: Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice (Div 37) (2013 – present); Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (APA Div 54) (2011 – present); Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (5th Ed.)(2017)

McCabe, M. A. (2011). Sharing knowledge for policy: The role of science organizations as knowledge brokers. In E. Banister, B. Leadbeater & E. A. Marshall (Eds.), Knowledge Translation in Context: Indigenous, Policy and Community Settings (pp. 93-104). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

McCabe, M. A. & Browning, A. (2010). Disseminating and communicating your applied research findings to the public. In V. Maholmes & C. Lomonaco (Eds.), Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development: A Practical Approach (pp. 247-266). NY: Taylor & Francis.

Led the development of a Brief for the SRCD Social Policy Report (SPR) and its dissemination to Congressional Offices and State Policymakers (2006) which continues



Collaborated with the Editor of Child Development (2005) in the development of Public Summaries (lay language) for each paper published


Initiated Press Releases for Child Development and developed a network of journalists interested in developmental science (2004)


Member, APA Presidential Workgroup on Expanded Advocacy Model (2018)

Chaired, planned, or presented at eight (8) Congressional Briefings (2003-2016)

Member, Policy Coalitions: National Prevention Science Coalition (2015-present); Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health (2015-present); National Consortium for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (2003-2014); Coalition for the Advancement of Health through Behavioral and Social Science Research (2003-2009); Coalition to Protect Research (Member, 2004-2009); Coalition for National Science Funding (2003-2009); Executive Committee, Friends of NICHD (Chair, 2006; Member, 2003-2009); Friends of NIDA (2003-2009).


APA Fellow (Divisions 37, 42, 53, 54)

Board Certified in Child and Adolescent/Pediatric Psychology

Member, Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists

Member, National Register of Health Service Providers



Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Catholic University of America (1988)

  Fellowship in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (1985-87)            

  • Pre-Doctoral Intern, The Children’s Hospital/Judge Baker Guidance Center
  • Fellow, Child Psychology and the Law, Judge Baker Guidance Center
  • Fellow, Pediatric Psychology, Dana Farber Cancer Center

B.A., Psychology, Clark University (1980)


Lived Experience

My grandparents were immigrants from Ireland in the early 1900s.  They settled in one of the many working-class neighborhoods in Boston that were built around churches, and where everyone attended the Catholic schools associated with that church.  I grew up in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Roxbury.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications/Presentations (2019-2021)


McCabe, M. A. & Pao, M. (in press). Legal and ethical requirements for research with minors. In Stanley, B. & Panicker, S. (Eds.) (in press). Handbook of Research Ethics in Psychological Science. Washington DC: APA Press.


McCabe, M. A., Leslie, L., Counts, N., & Tynan, W. D. (2020). Commentary:  Pediatric integrated care as the foundation for healthy development across the lifespan. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 8, 278-287. https://doi.org/10.1037/cpp0000364


Kearney, L., Zeiss, A., McCabe, M.A., Thistlethwaite, J., Chana, H., Chen, S. & Anton, B. (2020). Global Approaches to Integrated Care: Best Practices and Ongoing Innovation.  American Psychologist, 75, 668-682. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000490


McCabe, M.A., Klein Walker, D, & Willis, D. (2020, September 25). If Kids Could Vote this November. Op Ed



McCabe, M. A. & Malone, C. (September 2, 2020). Beginning a new school year during COVID.  https://infoaboutkids.org/blog/beginning-a-new-school-year-during-covid/


Gratale, D. J., Counts, N. Z., Hogan, L., Hewitt, A., Chang, D. I., Wong, C. A., Davis, M. B., Schoessow, G., McCabe, M. A., Johnson, Goldfinger, K. J., and Gionfriddo, P. (2020). Accountable Communities for Health for Children and Families: Approaches for Catalyzing and Accelerating Success. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC.https://doi.org/10.31478/202001b


Block, S. & McCabe, M. A. (2020, August). Co-chairs, Trauma and the Lifespan.  Collaborative symposium presented at the (virtual) annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.


McCabe, M. A. (2019, April). Discussant, Personalizing Integrated Care: Identifying Individual Risk and Tailoring Intervention.  Symposium at the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Div 54) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.


McCabe, M. A. (2019, September).  Speaker, Engaging the business community to promote healthy development. Food and Family Conference, University of Illinois.  Chicago, IL.


2019                      Wright Ross Salk Award for Distinguished Service, Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54, APA)


2018                      Inaugural Award for Promoting Evidence Based Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53, APA)


2017                      Blanche F. Ittleson Award “for outstanding achievement in the promotion of the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults,” Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association)


2015                      APA Presidential Citation “for tireless efforts to advocate for national, science-based policies and practices to improve the mental health of children, adolescents and their families”


1979-80                 Honorary Undergraduate Fellow

                               New England Psychological Association


1979                      Research Paper of Special Merit

                               Massachusetts Psychological Association


1979                      Phi Beta Kappa

                               Psi Chi Honor Society

National Academies Forum on Children’s Wellbeing (2016)

Health care Reform

National Academies Forum on Children’s Wellbeing (2016)

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