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
06/01/2015 - 05/31/2018 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Burea
6 T76MC00017-21-01

Follow-up Glucose Testing and Timely Transition to Primary Care after Gestational Diabetes
03/15/2016 - 02/28/2018 (Co-PI)
PI: Judith Bernstein, PhD
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidn

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

MCPH Leadership Education Program at BUSPH
06/01/2010 - 05/31/2015 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Burea
6 T76MC00017-19-03

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

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

Women’s Health Demonstration Project
10/01/2000 - 09/30/2002 (PI)
Boston Medical Center City of Boston PHC

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Bernstein JA, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Lee-Parritz A, Iverson R, Jack B, McCloskey L. Follow-up after gestational diabetes: a fixable gap in women''s preventive healthcare. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017; 5(1):e000445.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28948028.
  2. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27893185; DOI: 10.1363/psrh.12006;.
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27347422; DOI: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2016-000250;.
  4. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27179373; DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.01.003;.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26088760; PMCID: PMC4618667; DOI: 10.1111/birt.12174;.
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25518900; PMCID: PMC4326211; DOI: 10.1186/1742-4755-11-90;.
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25113017; PMCID: PMC4251607; DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-340;.
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24721385; PMCID: PMC4020603; DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-344;.
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24707899; PMCID: PMC3991991; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2013.4628;.
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