Lois McCloskey, DrPH
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

DPH/DrPH, University of California, Los Angeles
MPH, University of California, Los Angeles

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 and NIDDK to study the barriers to follow-up testing and prevention for women with gestational diabetes, a harbinger of risk type 2 diabetes mellitus later in life. At BUSPH I serve as Associate Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Co-Director of the MCH Certificate, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, a Center dedicated to the education of a diverse MCH workforce, ready to lead. 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: From Rights to Justice” 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 directed the launch of a study abroad program, “IHP: Health and Community”, dedicated to comparative study of health, systems and culture in four countries. 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, BMC Health Services, and BMC Pregnancy and Birth.

Associate Chair
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine

Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences
Maternal & Child Health Center of Excellence

Boston University School of Public Health
Maternal & Child Health
MCH Certificate Program

MCPH Leadership Education Program at BUSPH
06/01/2020 - 05/31/2025 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau

MCPH Leadership Education Program at BUSPH
06/01/2015 - 05/31/2020 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Women's Health over the Life Course
10/01/2017 - 10/31/2019 (PI)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Follow-up Glucose Testing and Timely Transition to Primary Care after Gestational Diabetes
03/15/2016 - 02/28/2019 (Multi-PI)
PI: Lois McCloskey, DrPH
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Increased Postpartum Testing for Gestational Diabetes
08/22/2012 - 07/31/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

MCPH Leadership Education Program at BUSPH
06/01/2010 - 05/31/2015 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Personnel Agreement for the Research Services of Meryl St. John
06/01/2013 - 09/30/2014 (PI)
Department of Veterans Administration, Bedford

Boston Health Start Initiative Evaluation
01/10/2005 - 06/30/2009 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

Boston Healthy Start Initiative Evaluation
01/01/2007 - 12/31/2007 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

Using Participatory Theatre to Enhance Communication Between Patients and Providers in Women’s Health Care Settings
09/01/2003 - 09/30/2006 (PI)
Kenneth B Schwartz Center, The

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  1. McCloskey L, Bernstein J, The Bridging The Chasm Collaborative, Amutah-Onukagha N, Anthony J, Barger M, Belanoff C, Bennett T, Bird CE, Bolds D, Brenna BW, Carter R, Celi A, Chachere B, Crear-Perry J, Crossno C, Cruz-Davis A, Damus K, Dangel A, Depina Z, Deroze P, Dieujuste C, Dude A, Edmonds J, Enquobahrie D, Eromosele E, Ferranti E, Fitzmaurice M, Gebel C, Blount LG, Greiner A, Gullo S, Haddad A, Hall N, Handler A, Headen I, Heelan-Fancher L, Hernandez T, Johnson K, Jones E, Jones N, Klaman S, Lund B, Mallampalli M, Marcelin L, Marshall C, Maynard B, McCage S, Mitchell S, Molina R, Montasir S, Nicklas J, Northrup A, Norton A, Oparaeke E, Ramos A, Rericha S, Rios E, Bloch JR, Ryan C, Sarfaty S, Seely E, Souter V, Spain M, Spires R, Theberge S, Thompson T, Wachman M, Yarrington T, Yee LM, Zera C, Clayton J, Lachance C. Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Health over the Life Course: A National Agenda for Research and Action. Womens Health Issues. 2021 May-Jun; 31(3):204-218.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33707142; PMCID: PMC8154664; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2021.01.002;
  2. McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Goler-Blount L, Greiner A, Norton A, Jones E, Bird CE. It's Time to Eliminate Racism and Fragmentation in Women's Health Care. Womens Health Issues. 2021 May-Jun; 31(3):186-189. PMID: 33691995; PMCID: PMC8154716; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2020.12.007;
  3. McCloskey L, Amutah-Onukagha N, Bernstein J, Handler A. Setting the Agenda for Reproductive and Maternal Health in the Era of COVID-19: Lessons from a Cruel and Radical Teacher. Matern Child Health J. 2021 Feb; 25(2):181-191. PMID: 33411108; PMCID: PMC7788380; DOI: 10.1007/s10995-020-03033-y;
  4. Gunn C, Bernstein J, Bokhour B, McCloskey L. Narratives of Gestational Diabetes Provide a Lens to Tailor Postpartum Prevention and Monitoring Counseling. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2020 Sep; 65(5):681-687.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32568461
  5. McCloskey L, Bernstein J, and Bridging the Chasm Collaborative. Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Women's Health over the Life Course: An Agenda for Research and Action. Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 2020; 1-132. View Publication
  6. McCloskey L, Quinn E, Ameli O, Heeren T, Craig M, Lee-Parritz A, Iverson R, Jack B, Bernstein JA. Interrupting the Pathway from Gestational Diabetes Mellitus to Type 2 Diabetes: The Role of Primary Care. Womens Health Issues. 2019 Nov - Dec; 29(6):480-488.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31562051
  7. McCloskey L, Sherman ML, St John M, Siegel H, Whyte J, Iverson R, Lee-Parritz A, Bernstein J. Navigating a 'Perfect Storm' on the Path to Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus After Gestational Diabetes: Lessons from Patient and Provider Narratives. Matern Child Health J. 2019 May; 23(5):603-612.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30949932
  8. Bernstein J, Lee-Parritz A, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Iverson R, Jack B, McCloskey L. After Gestational Diabetes: Impact of Pregnancy Interval on Recurrence and Type 2 Diabetes. Biores Open Access. 2019; 8(1):59-64.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30923644; PMCID: PMC6437620; DOI: 10.1089/biores.2018.0043;
  9. Bernstein J, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Iverson R, Jack B, Lee-Parritz A, Mccloskey L. Onset of T2DM after gestational diabetes: What the prevention paradox tells us about risk. Prev Med. 2018 08; 113:1-6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29746972; PMCID: PMC5988996; DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.05.005;
  10. Larson Williams A, McCloskey L, Mwale M, Mwananyanda L, Murray K, Herman AR, Thea DM, MacLeod WB, Gill CJ. "When you are injected, the baby is protected:" Assessing the acceptability of a maternal Tdap vaccine based on mothers' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of pertussis and vaccinations in Lusaka, Zambia. Vaccine. 2018 05 17; 36(21):3048-3053.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29653846; PMCID: PMC5952816; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.03.081;
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