Monica McClain, PhD

Research Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, Tulane University, 2001
  • M.S., Clinical Exercise Physiology, Virginia Tech, 1997
  • B.A., United States International University, 1989

Professional Background

Dr. McClain is Research Associate Professor in the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Tulane University, and has a strong background in applied research, medical screening, and public health. The focus of her career as an epidemiologist has been on the evaluation and implementation of evidence-based practice in medicine, and more specifically genetic testing and medical screening. Dr. McClain works closely with each of the six New England states’ Title V and Newborn Screening Public Health Programs to assess needs, implement change, and evaluate newborn screening program results. Another area of interest is hereditary cancers, specifically how to ensure that those who are at risk are identified and receive genetic services. Dr. McClain also has extensive experience in health services research using administrative claims data, vital records, and other large data sets.


Understanding the Factors Associated with the Health Disparities Experienced by People with Intellectual Disabilities
A growing body of research has documented that persons with disabilities are more likely to experience health disparities compared to the general population. The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project: Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities project will extend this research by determining what factors relate to or explain health outcomes and health care access among the diverse populations of individuals with disabilities.
This New England Regional Genetics Network program intends to improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions, reduce morbidity and mortality caused by genetic conditions (including congenital and metabolic disorders); and to improve the quality of coordinated and comprehensive genetic services to children and their families. The purpose of the Regional Genetics Networks is to:
The New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project (DPH) is a collaboration between the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services and its Bona Fide agent, the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire. The overarching goal of the collaboration is to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by strengthening the capacity of the state’s public health programs and initiatives to include people with intellectual disabilities and mobility limitations.
The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.

Monica McClain
Curriculum Vitae: 
Institute on Disability
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824