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Phyllis Magrab

School of Medicine

Dr. Phyllis Magrab, a well-known pediatric psychologist, is an endowed professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she also holds a UNESCO chair. For over fifty years, Dr. Magrab has provided service, conducted research, shaped policy, and trained future professionals on behalf of vulnerable children and their families. She has had extensive global experience related to developing services and policies around social exclusion and health disparities especially for children with mental health and special health care needs. Currently, among her many global activities, Dr. Magrab is a consultant to UNESCO and serves as the vice-chair of the US-Afghan Women’s Council, a public private partnership to advance the status of women and children in and from Afghanistan. There is an endowed chair, the Phyllis R. Magrab chair, named for her and dedicated to the continuation of her domestic and global work on behalf of vulnerable children. She is a member of the faculty committee for the Collaborative on Global Children's Issues.

International activities include:

  • Co-leads the University-Wide Initiative on Health Disparities to bring together the capacities of the broader university to address the compelling equity issues of our time.
  • Directs the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, reflecting extensive international experience related to developing services and policies for children, especially children with special needs.
  • Is a UNESCO Commissioner and holds a UNESCO Chair.
  • Serves as the vice-chair of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council.
  • Has published 14 books and numerous articles related to her work.

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