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Ellen P. McCarthy, PhD, MPH

Associate Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with extensive experience in research, administration, training, and education. For over 20 years she has led research aimed at improving care of older patients with advanced illness. Her research focuses on reducing disparities in end-of-life care among underserved, older populations. She has worked across diverse groups of patients, caregivers, providers, healthcare systems, and investigators to inform strategies to navigate research activities across these complex environments. Her expertise also includes using clinical, Medicare-linked databases to address research questions in older adults. She is co-Site PI at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for the ARCH Network – a hub within the national PCORnet Clinical Data Research Network. She also directs two courses at Harvard Chan that are designed to bridge students’ coursework in epidemiological methods and biostatistics by providing practical experience manipulating and analyzing large databases and complex surveys. For the past six years, Dr. McCarthy was the Assistant Dean for Development and Diversity at HMS where she led strategic planning and implementation of faculty development programs. She has also been on the faculty of several Harvard fellowship programs and mentored many successful junior investigators in aging research. Dr. McCarthy was the recipient of the 2008 Young Mentor Award and 2012 A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring at Harvard Medical School.

Areas of Interest in Aging: Palliative care, end-of-life care, advanced dementia, nursing home, cancer, health disparities, health services research