Mississippi Delta Public Health Fellow
Ph.D., Boston University School of Public Health, 2014
M.P.H., University of Kentucky College of Public Health, 2007
Dr. M. Maya McDoom joined the SSRC in January 2014 as the Mississippi Delta Public Health Fellow. The fellowship is the result of a partnership between the SSRC and Harvard School of Public Health. In this position, she will be actively involved in developing an interdisciplinary research agenda in understanding and promoting health and economic development in the Delta region.
She defended her Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Boston University School of Public Health in 2013. While at Boston University she contributed to a multi-site retention in HIV care implementation project. Her dissertation integrated quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the impact of social support and stigma on retention in HIV care among older vulnerable HIV-infected populations. Prior to earning her Ph.D., she worked as an epidemiologist in the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Wellness, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. She also collaborated with local government and community organizations to develop and evaluate initiatives that improved population wellness in Kentucky.
She is particularly interested in vulnerable populations, understanding the social context in which health disparities occur, disparities in access to health care, applications of mixed methods, and quality of chronic disease care.