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Lois McCloskey, DrPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCommunity Health Sciences
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-5882
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-6955-017X
Other Positions
TitleAssociate Chair
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCommunity Health Sciences

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPediatrics

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
My public health career began 30 years ago as an applied anthropologist and educator of community health workers in Nepal. The work inspired my lifelong concern with the health care of women and their infants, particularly in communities that are under-served. In both international and domestic settings, my work focuses on the disconnects between the lives of women and the health care systems meant to serve their needs across the life course and proven strategies for engaging and activating women to be full partners in their reproductive health care and planning.

I am currently supported by the NICHD to study the barriers to follow-up testing and care of women with gestational diabetes, a harbinger of risk for later type 2 diabetes that is often not heeded after pregnancy. At BUSPH I direct the Maternal and Child Health concentration and serve as Principal Investigator to the MCH – PH training grant, an $1.65 million dollar award to BUSPH dedicated to the education of a diverse MCH workforce. The training grant allows me to lead our MCH Fellowship and Leadership Programs.

As an educator, I specialize in practice-based courses that engage students in the application of their skills and knowledge in real life organizations, addressing real life challenges. Currently I teach “ Implementing Community Health Initiatives: A Field-based Course in Leadership and Consultation” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: Science, Religion, and Politics”.

I completed an MPH in population, family and international health and a DrPH in perinatal epidemiology and health services research at UCLA School of Public Health. Upon graduation, I co-founded the Institute for Urban Health Policy and Research for the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals and served as its Senior Research Scientist for 7 years before joining the faculty of Boston University. During my tenure at the Institute, I led research and community action initiatives designed to mobilize community residents, health professionals, academics, and policy-makers to eliminate racial disparities in infant death and pre-term birth. Our findings led to fundamental changes in how perinatal health services are delivered to women of African descent in Boston.

I co-founded the Women’s Health Committee of the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association, am a member of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, and serve on the peer review panels of the Women’s Health Journal, the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the Journal of the Poor and Under-served, and Public Health Reports.

 Publications
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  1. Margo J, McCloskey L, Gupte G, Zurek M, Bhakta S, Feinberg E. Women's Pathways to Abortion Care in South Carolina: A Qualitative Study of Obstacles and Supports. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2016 Dec; 48(4):199-207. PMID: 27893185.
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  2. Bernstein JA, McCloskey L, Gebel CM, Iverson RE, Lee-Parritz A. Lost opportunities to prevent early onset type 2 diabetes mellitus after a pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2016; 4(1):e000250. PMID: 27347422.
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  3. Manze MG, McCloskey L, Bokhour BG, Paasche-Orlow MK, Parker VA. The perceived role of clinicians in pregnancy prevention among young Black women. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2016 Jun; 8:19-24. PMID: 27179373.
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  4. Manze MG, McCloskey L, Bokhour BG, Paasche-Orlow, MK, Parker VA. . The perceived role of clinicians in pregnancy prevention among young Black women. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. 2016; (8):19-24.
  5. Cheng ER, Declercq ER, Belanoff C, Iverson RE, McCloskey L. Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Likelihood of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery. Birth. 2015 Sep; 42(3):249-53. PMID: 26088760.
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  6. Sakeah E, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S, Doctor HV. Can community health officer-midwives effectively integrate skilled birth attendance in the community-based health planning and services program in rural Ghana? Reprod Health. 2014; 11:90. PMID: 25518900.
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  7. Sakeah E, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S, Doctor HV. Is there any role for community involvement in the community-based health planning and services skilled delivery program in rural Ghana? BMC Health Serv Res. 2014; 14:340. PMID: 25113017.
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  8. Sakeah E, Doctor HV, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S. Using the community-based health planning and services program to promote skilled delivery in rural Ghana: socio-demographic factors that influence women utilization of skilled attendants at birth in northern Ghana. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:344. PMID: 24721385.
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  9. McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Winter M, Iverson R, Lee-Parritz A. Follow-up of gestational diabetes mellitus in an urban safety net hospital: missed opportunities to launch preventive care for women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Apr; 23(4):327-34. PMID: 24707899.
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  10. Bernstein E, Ng V, McCloskey L, Vazquez K, Ashong D, Stapleton S, Cromwell J, Bernstein J. Qualitative analysis of cocaine and heroin users' main partner sex-risk behavior: is safety in love safety in health? Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2013; 8:10. PMID: 23618318.
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  11. Battaglia TA, McCloskey L, Caron SE, Murrell SS, Bernstein E, Childs A, Jong H, Walker K, Bernstein J. Feasibility of chronic disease patient navigation in an urban primary care practice. J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jan-Mar; 35(1):38-49. PMID: 22156954.
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  12. McCloskey L, Condon R, Shanahan CW, Wolff J, Culler C, Kalish R. Public health, medicine, and dentistry as partners in community health: a pioneering initiative in interprofessional, practice-based education. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011 Jul-Aug; 17(4):298-307. PMID: 21617403.
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  13. Evans CL, Maine D, McCloskey L, Feeley FG, Sanghvi H. Where there is no obstetrician--increasing capacity for emergency obstetric care in rural India: an evaluation of a pilot program to train general doctors. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Dec; 107(3):277-82. PMID: 19846091.
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  14. McCloskey L, Kennedy HP, Declercq ER, Williams DR. The practice of nurse-midwifery in the era of managed care: reports from the field. Matern Child Health J. 2002 Jun; 6(2):127-36. PMID: 12092981.
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  15. Herrera VM, McCloskey LA. Gender differences in the risk for delinquency among youth exposed to family violence. Child Abuse Negl. 2001 Aug; 25(8):1037-51. PMID: 11601596.
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  16. McCloskey LA. The "Medea complex" among men: the instrumental abuse of children to injure wives. Violence Vict. 2001 Feb; 16(1):19-37. PMID: 11281221.
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  17. McCloskey LA, Stuewig J. The quality of peer relationships among children exposed to family violence. Dev Psychopathol. 2001; 13(1):83-96. PMID: 11346054.
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  18. Declercq ER, Williams DR, Koontz AM, Paine LL, Streit EL, McCloskey L. Serving women in need: nurse-midwifery practice in the United States. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2001 Jan-Feb; 46(1):11-6. PMID: 11300301.
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  19. McCloskey LA, Walker M. Posttraumatic stress in children exposed to family violence and single-event trauma. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2000 Jan; 39(1):108-15. PMID: 10638074.
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  20. McCloskey L, Plough AL, Power KL, Higgins CA, Cruz AN, Brown ER. A community-wide infant mortality review: findings and implications. Public Health Rep. 1999 Mar-Apr; 114(2):165-77. PMID: 10199719.
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  21. Fernández-Esquer ME, McCloskey LA. Coping with partner abuse among Mexican American and Anglo women: ethnic and socioeconomic influences. Violence Vict. 1999; 14(3):293-310. PMID: 10606435.
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