Phyllis Magrab

Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Georgetown University Center for Child and HumanDevelopment (GUCCHD)

Dr. Phyllis Magrab, Professor of Pediatrics, is a well-known pediatric psychologist and director of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) that brings together policy, research, and clinical practice for the betterment of children, youth and their families, especially those with special needs. For over forty year, Dr. Magrab has provided service, conducted research, shaped policy, and trained future professionals on behalf of vulnerable children and their families. Currently she also 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. Dr. Magrab has had extensive international experience related to developing services and policies for children, especially children with special needs. Currently, among her many international activities, Dr. Magrab is a UNESCO Commissioner and holds a UNESCO Chair; 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 Afghanistan; and champions early intervention programs in the global arena. Dr. Magrab has published 14 books and numerous articles related to her work. There is an Endowed Chair, the Phyllis R. Magrab Chair, named for her and dedicated to the continuation of her work on behalf of vulnerable children.