Spring Dawson-McClure, PhD

Assistant Professor – Center for Early Childhood Health and Development

Spring Dawson-McClure, PhDSpring Dawson-McClure, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Population Health in the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development. Her career is dedicated to lessening the burden of childhood adversity, including poverty, substandard schools, community violence, and lack of access to nutritious food and safe recreation areas. Her research focuses on the development, evaluation and dissemination of preventive interventions for children living in poverty. Dr. Dawson-McClure is particularly interested in health promotion for ethnic minority children and culturally-informed approaches to supporting parents and teachers.

Dr. Dawson-McClure co-developed ParentCorps, a family-focused, school-based program to engage families and promote high-quality learning environments for young children. She is currently Co-Investigator on a long-term follow-up to evaluate ParentCorps, and served as Co-Investigator on several prior federal and foundation grants, including an obesity prevention initiative which aimed to develop and evaluate innovative strategies for families living in disadvantaged, urban neighborhoods. Her current work explores foundational parenting and children’s core self-regulatory capacity as shared pathways to learning, behavior and health.

Dr. Dawson-McClure’s clinical expertise is in the prevention and treatment of behavior problems, parenting, divorce and remarriage, and early childhood development, including sleep and eating habits. She provides professional development for early childhood teachers and mental health professionals. She serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Pediatrics, Obesity, Prevention Science, and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness.

Dr. Dawson-McClure received her BS in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University. She completed the Clinical Psychology Internship Program at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center and an NIMH-funded post-doctoral research fellowship in prevention science at the NYU Child Study Center.



Additional Information

Phone: 646-754-4986
E-mail: Spring.Dawson-Mcclure@nyumc.org


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