Professor (Ph.D. Emory 1999)
Director, Laboratory for Human Biology Research
1810 Hinman Avenue, Room #A62
Thom McDade is a biological anthropologist specializing in human population biology. His work is primarily concerned with the dynamic interrelationships among biology, culture, and individual psychosocial environments, with an emphasis on stress and the ecology of immune function. The development and application of minimally-invasive methods for integrating physiological measures into population-based research is also a major area of interest. Prior research in Samoa, and ongoing research in Bolivia, investigates how local cultural transitions associated with globalization affect child/adolescent health, while research in the Philippines is exploring the long term developmental consequences of early nutritional and pathogenic environments. He is currently applying conceptual and methodological tools from this work to US-based research on stress and health, with an emphasis on the potential contribution of stress to health disparities. Dr. McDade is also a Director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research, and associate director of Cells to Society (C2S): Center on Social Disparities and Health. McDade's work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, The National Institute of Health, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and he was a 2002 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
1. 101 - Freshman Seminar – Human Nature: Biological and Cultural
5. 401 - Logic of Inquiry, Biological Anthropology
6. 490 - Stratification, Stress, and Health
2010 McDade, T.W., Rutherford, J.N., Adair, L. and C. Kuzawa. Early origins
of inflammation: microbial exposures in infancy predict lower levels of
C-reactive protein in adulthood. Proceedings of the Royal Society B
2009 McDade, T.W. and M.D. Hayward. Rationale and methodological
options for assessing infectious disease and related measures in social
science surveys. Biodemography and Social Biology 55: 159-177.
2009 McDade, T.W., Rutherford, J.N., Adair, L. and C. Kuzawa. Population
differences in associations between C-reactive protein concentration and
adiposity: comparison of young adults in the Philippines and the United
States. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 89: 1237-45.
2009 McDade, T.W. Beyond the gradient: An integrative anthropological
perspective on social stratification, stress, and health. In
Health, Risk, and Adversity, C. Panter-Brick and A. Fuentes (eds.),
2008 McDade, T.W., Rutherford, J.N., Adair, L. and C. Kuzawa. Adiposity
and pathogen exposure predict C-reactive protein concentration in
Filipino women. Journal of Nutrition 138: 2442-7.
2008 McDade, T.W., Reyes-Garcia, V., Tanner, S., Huanca, T., and
W.R. Leonard. Maintenance versus growth: Investigating the costs
of immune activation among children in lowland Bolivia. American
Journal of Physical Anthropology 136:478-484.
2007 McDade, T.W., Reyes-Garcia, V., Blackinton, P., Tanner, S.,
Huanca, T., and W. R. Leonard. Maternal ethnobotanical knowledge is
associated with multiple measures of child health in the Bolivian
Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
2007 McDade, T.W., Williams, S. and J. J. Snodgrass. What a drop can do:
Dried blood spots as a minimally-invasive method for integrating
biomarkers into population-based research. Demography 44:899-925.
2006 McDade, T.W., Hawkley, L. C. and J. T. Cacioppo. Psychosocial
and behavioral predictors of inflammation in middle-age and older adults:
The Chicago Health, Aging, and Social Relations Study.
Psychosomatic Medicine 68: 376-381.
2006 McDade. T. W., Hawkley, L.C. and J.T. Cacioppo. Psychosocial and
2005 McDade, T.W., Leonard, W.R., Burhop, J., Reyes-García, V., Vadez,
2005 McDade, T.W.. The ecologies of human immune function. Annual
2005 McDade, T.W.. Life history, maintenance, and the early origins of
2005 McKenna, J.J. and T.W. McDade. Why Babies Should Never Sleep
2004 McDade, T.W., Burhop, J., and J. Dohnal. High sensitivity enzyme
2004 McDade, T.W., Kuzawa, C., Adair, L.S., and M. Beck. Prenatal and
2004 McDade, TW and CM Worthman. Socialization ambiguity in Samoan
2003 McDade, T.W.. Life history theory and the immune system: Steps
2002 McDade, T.W. and B. Shell-Duncan . Whole blood collected on filter
2002 McDade, T.W. Status incongruity in Samoan youth: A biocultural