Karen A. McDonnell is an Associate Professor n the Department of Prevention and Community Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.
Dr. Karen A. McDonnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Dr. McDonnell is a public health program evaluation and implementation specialist with over 16 years’ experience working with community groups, public health agencies, and health care systems both locally and globally. Dr. McDonnell’s expertise lies in using mixed methods to look at complex public health issues and programs. Her most recent work is leading the newly MCHB funded GW Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Training Program (GW-LEAP into MCH) and serving as a co-Director for the GW Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence Dr. McDonnell is leading a team to evaluate gender based violence in immigrant communities, development and testing of a community-centered FGM prevention project, evaluating the National Domestic Violence Hotline/love is respect Helpline, and evaluating multi-systems changes in the Clinical Translational Science Institute with Children’s National and GWU. Dr. McDonnell has conducted trainings in public health policy, gender equity, and women’s leadership and teaches coursework in Program Evaluation, Maternal and Child Health, and works with undergraduate and graduate students, medical residents, and community groups to further the exploration of methods to meet our current complex public health challenges. Dr. McDonnell is the recipient of the ASPPH Early Career in Public Health Teaching Award, ASPH Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and the 2011 Milken Institute SPH Excellence in Teaching Award. She was a 2018 recipient of the Global Woman Awards in the Education/Health Category. Karen has been vigilant in her work against FGM, including teaching, training, facilitating workshops, and supporting Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation. She recently joined the Board of Directors of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.