Theresa Chapple-McGruder, Phd, MPH, joined the foundation in March 2015 as the Senior Research and Evaluation Officer. In her current position, she is charged with ensuring that the Foundation’s grants are measurable and impactful, as well as conducting and facilitating research that will aid in the promotion of the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen and transform public health in the United States.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Chapple-McGruder spent eight years in governmental public health, at the local, state, and national level. Her areas of expertise are decreasing disparities and promoting the health of underserved populations. She has worked in the fields of maternal and child health, chronic disease, and infectious disease.
Her doctoral work was in maternal and child health and epidemiology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University. She is also on faculty at Emory University School of Public Health and University of Memphis.