Maureen M. Black, PhD

Maureen M. Black, PhD

Emeritus Principal Investigator, University of Maryland

Email: mblack(at)
Tel: (410) 706-8308

Maureen Black is the Emeritus Principal Investigator for Children’s HealthWatch’s Baltimore Data Collection Site at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include maternal and child health.

Dr. Black was the associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Clinical Psychology Review. Currently, Dr. Black is the John A. Scholl Professor of Pediatrics and the director of the Growth and Nutrition Clinic at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also an adjunct professor in the psychology department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Dr. Black received her BA from Pennsylvania State University in Mathematics and her PhD at Emory University in Psychology.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Maternal and Child Health 
  • Developmental Psychology


In 2002, Dr. Black was awarded the Interinstitutional Collaboration – Regent’s Award at the University ofMaryland. In 2009, she was elected to be on the Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) for the American Psychological Association and awarded the Virginia A. Beal Lectureship at theUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst. Also in 2009, she was awarded the Logan Wright Research Award in the Society of Pediatric Psychology.


Agreement with Satisfaction in Adolescent Body Size between Female Caregivers and Teens from a Low-income African-American Community
Journal of Pediatric Psychology
May 10, 2006

Strategies to avoid the loss of developmental potential among over 200 million children.
The Lancet
January 20, 2007

Child development: Risk factors for adverse outcomes.
The Lancet
January 13, 2007

Over two hundred million children fail to reach their developmental potential in the first five years in developing countries.
The Lancet
January 6, 2007

Delaying second births among adolescent mothers: Randomized controlled trial home-based mentoring program.
January 1, 2006