Guest Profile

Dr. Donna McCree

Donna Hubbard McCree, PhD, MPH, RPh, is the inaugural associate director for health equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The DHAP Office of Health Equity was established in September 2010 to provide leadership on understanding the determinants of and strategies for addressing HIV and AIDS-related health inequities. Prior to accepting this position, she was Team Leader/Behavioral Scientist, Intervention Research Team, Prevention Research Branch, DHAP, NCHHSTP, where she led a 22-member multidisciplinary group of scientists including postdoctoral fellows and Commissioned Corp Officers charged with using the epidemiological and surveillance data to develop, conduct, and evaluate the efficacy of new and previously untested behavioral interventions for populations most at risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV.  She was also a Behavioral Scientist and Fellow in the Division of STD Prevention, Behavioral Interventions and Research Branch, NCHHSTP, CDC. Dr. McCree has 35 years of experience in Public Health and Pharmacy. She completed the Doctor of Philosophy, Delta Omega and Master of Public Health degrees at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland in Health Policy and Management with a specialty in Social and Behavioral Sciences.  She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Preventive Medicine with a specialty in sexually transmitted disease prevention at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Pharmacy from Howard University and is a registered pharmacist in the states of Maryland, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia. She has held numerous positions in the fields of Public Health and Pharmacy including academia, bioavailability research, professional association management, and retail and hospital pharmacy practice. Her work has resulted in more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international and national scientific meetings. Dr. McCree is lead co-editor of a book focused on HIV in African American communities, African Americans and HIV: Understanding and Addressing The Epidemic (2010, Springer). She was also guest co-editor for a theme issue of the American Journal of Public Health (2009). Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2016 Deputy Director’s Mentoring Award from the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), a 2015 Award from NCHHSTP for Excellence in Program or Policy Evaluation, and a 2009 Minority Health Mentor/Champion of Excellence Award from the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention for outstanding commitment and achievement as a mentor. On August 30, 2012, Dr. McCree was honored with a prestigious Distinguished Alumna Award from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. This award is presented to alumni who typify the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and have brought credit to the university by their personal accomplishments, professional achievement or humanitarian service.