College of Health and Human Sciences welcomes new associate dean for research

Catherine "Cammie" McBride

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The College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) is pleased to announce Dr. Catherine “Cammie” McBride as associate dean for research (ADR), effective August 15, 2022, with a .5 appointment as associate dean for research and a .5 appointment as professor of human development and family studies. She will be preceded by Dr. Kim Buhman who has served as interim associate dean for research since July 1, 2021, and will remain on faculty in the Department of Nutrition Science.

McBride, an internationally known developmental psychologist, comes to Purdue University from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) where she currently serves as the Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests include early literacy and mathematics development across cultures; reading and writing development and impairment across cultures; event-related potential in relation to reading; and parenting for learning and psychosocial outcomes. She served as associate dean for research for CUHK from 2012-2016, overseeing research across eight departments, and she has coordinated CUHK’s developmental research since 1999 as director of the university’s Centre for Developmental Psychology.

She has published two single-author books and more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles; co-edited four books; and has served as associate editor for four different journals, including the International Journal of Behavioral Development and the American Psychological Association’s Developmental Psychology journal. In 2017, she was awarded a senior fellowship from the European Union to write a book on global dyslexia at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies in Germany.

McBride seeks to create social impact by developing future leaders in the field of human development and by developing innovative solutions to create new education channels via massive open online courses (MOOCs) and educational games. Her MOOC, “Teaching Struggling Readers around The World,” jointly launched by CUHK and World Learning, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., garnered 10,000 participants in more than 100 countries.