During her career she has applied epidemiology, biostatistics, and health services research methods to answer questions about risk factors for neurodevelopmental disability and health outcomes for people with lifelong disability. She has made discoveries of chemical and infectious risk factors during pregnancy associated with neurodevelopmental outcomes in children. Her second focal area is understanding the intersection of health and disability in order to discover ways people with lifelong disability can maintain or regain optimal health and to develop and evaluate health promotion strategies. This work has included the use of randomized intervention trials and advanced statistical methods to identify risk and protective factors. Dr. McDermott teaches epidemiology methods, she has over 130 peer reviewed publications, and she is the Co-Principal Investigator on three active grants that are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
PhD in Health Services Research and Epidemiology from University of South Carolina
Environmental epidemiology related to mining. Disability and the environment, epidemiology of risk related to metal exposure.