HHS Announces Advisory Committee on Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services announced today it had invited 19 individuals to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIECHV). The committee, which met today for its first session, is a federal advisory committee established by the Affordable Care Act, subject to prescribed appointment procedures. 

The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on the design, plan and progress of the evaluation of the program required under the Affordable Care Act.

The individuals selected by the Secretary to serve on the Committee, are experts in program evaluation and research, education and early childhood development. They include:

Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Bouve College of Health Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences and Counseling Psychology
Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research
Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Mark Appelbaum, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of California, San Diego

Robert H. Bradley, Ph.D., M.A.
School of Social & Family Dynamics
Arizona State University

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., M.A., B.A.
Professor and Director Prevention Science and Methodology Group
Center for Family Studies
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Greg Duncan, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
University of California, Irvine

Catherine Gallagher, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
George Mason University

Eugene Garcia, Ph.D., M.S., B.A.
Arizona State University
Vice President for Education Partnerships
ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus

Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
Director, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Administration for Children and Families

Rob Grunewald, M.S.
Associate Economist
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Kimberly Hoagwood, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry
Columbia University Division of Services and Policy Research
and Division of Child Psychiatry

Sharon Lynn Kagan, Ed.D.
Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy
Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families
Teachers College, Columbia University

Bette Jacobs, Ph.D., R.N.
Distinguished Professor
O'Neill Health Law Institute
Georgetown University Law Center

Marie McCormick, M.D., Sc.D.
Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health
Department of Society, Human Development and Health
Harvard School of Public Health

Deborah Phillips, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Psychology,  Georgetown University

Frank W. Putnam, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati
Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children, MLC 3008

Edward L. Schor, M.D.
Vice President
Child Development and Preventive Care
The Commonwealth Fund

Paul Spicer, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Center for Applied Social Research, University of Oklahoma

Peter C. van Dyck, M.D., M.P.H. (ex-officio)
Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Heather Weiss, Ph.D.
Founder and Director of the Harvard Family Research Project
Senior Research Associate and Lecturer
Harvard University


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Date Last Reviewed:  March 2017