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McGladrey, Margaret, PhD

 Margaret McGladrey



Title: Assistant Professor
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Curriculum Vitae


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida and serve as the faculty co-lead of the Criminal Legal System Workgroup and Photovoice site lead for the HEALing Communities Study-Kentucky. I specialize in participatory health research and community engagement processes supporting interdisciplinary team science conducted in partnership with a wide variety of public and private agencies, such as K-12 schools, performing arts education nonprofit organizations, local public health departments, cooperative extension, county and regional jails, probation and parole offices, treatment courts, pretrial services, and recovery community organizations. While serving as Assistant Dean for Research at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Public Health from 2012-17, I contributed as a co-investigator to interdisciplinary research projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kentucky Department for Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other funders, resulting in 20 publications, 8 of which are first-authored. My dissertation used objectification theory to evaluate the effectiveness of a media literacy and performing arts education program called The Girl Project (TGP) as an early intervention for middle- and high school-aged students to prevent and disrupt internalization of media ideals. Eight alumni of and 11 participants in TGP served as my co-researchers investigating the outcomes of the program through a participatory evaluation process in which they designed the research questions and data collection strategies, analyzed the data we gathered, assisted with transcription and coding, presented findings in a panel discussion, and co-authored a peer-reviewed article resulting from the project. TGP was funded by more than $150,000 in programmatic grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Way of the Bluegrass, the Toyota Motor Corporation of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. 

In 2018-19, I was a postdoctoral scholar of civic studies with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and Department of Sociology at Tufts University before joining the child welfare nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) at the local and state levels in Kentucky and leading direct service, community outreach, evaluation, and capacity-building activities. In 2020, I began a position as the Project Director and now am faculty co-lead for the Criminal Legal System Team of the NIH/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s HEALing Communities Study (HCS) award to UK. This role involves working with state-level agency leadership and the local-level staff of courts and Department of Corrections as well as county-specific coalitions that identify high-risk populations in their areas to implement evidence-based practices to reduce opioid overdose deaths. I also am the Kentucky site lead for the HCS Photovoice project, designing and facilitating this participatory action research method with 10 different groups in coordination with the Massachusetts and Ohio HCS sites. Partnerships formed during the HCS Photovoice project led to the Clark County Health Department contracting with me to facilitate Photovoice to inform their 2022-23 community health assessment and community health improvement processes.


BA, Journalism, University of Oregon
MA, Communication, University of Kentucky
PhD, Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Kentucky
Postdoctoral, Sociology/Civic Studies, Tufts University
Recent Publications

Recent Publications

2020      McGladrey, Margaret L. “On Making Academic Feminism More Public.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/707804) 

2019      McGladrey, Margaret L., Madeline Oliff, and Emma Draper. “Re-envisioning Media Literacy Education as Feminist Arts-Activism.” Cultural Trends (DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2019.1679992). 

2019      McGladrey, Margaret L., Angela Carman, Christy Neutzman, and Nicole Peritore.  “Extension as a Backbone Support Organization for Physical Activity Promotion: A Collective Impact Case Study from Rural Kentucky.” Journal of Physical Activity and Health (DOI:10.1123/jpah.2018-0552). 

2019      Gustafson, Alison, Margaret L. McGladrey, Tammy Stephenson, Janet Kurzynke, Janet Mullins, Nicole Peritore, Kathryn Cardarelli, and Ann Vail. “Community-Wide Efforts to Improve the Consumer Food Environment and Physical Activity Resources in Rural Kentucky.” Preventing Chronic Disease (DOI:10.5888/pcd16.180322). 

2018      Harvey, Michael J., and Margaret L. McGladrey. “Explaining the Origins and Distribution of Health and Disease: An Analysis of Epidemiologic Theory in Core Master of Public Health Coursework in the United States.” Critical Public Health (DOI:10.1080/09581596.2018.1535698). 

2018      Carman, Angela, and Margaret L. McGladrey. “Cross Jurisdictional Boundaries to Build a Health Coalition: A Kentucky Case Study.” Frontiers in Public Health Education and  Promotion (DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00189). 

2018      Carman, Angela, Douglas Scutchfield, Margaret L. McGladrey, and Jonathan Vorbeck. “Pursuing Public Health Accreditation: A Focus on HOW.” Journal of Public Health Management & Practice (DOI:10.1097/PHH.0000000000000884). 

2018      Gustafson, Alison, Margaret L. McGladrey, Emily Liu, Kelly Webber, Nicole Peritore,  Brooke Butterworth, and Ann Vail. “Examining Key Stakeholder and Community Residents’ Understanding of Environmental Influences to Inform Place-Based Interventions to Reduce Obesity in Rural Communities, Kentucky 2015” The Journal of Rural Health 34(4):388-95. 

2017      DeWitt, Emily, Margaret L. McGladrey, Emily Liu, Tammy Stephenson, Kelly Webber, Nicole Peritore, Brooke Butterworth, Alison Gustafson, and Ann Vail. “Social Marketing Campaign at Farmers’ Markets to Encourage Fruit and Vegetable Purchases in Rural Obese Counties.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 49(7):S109.  

2017      Carman, Angela, and Margaret L. McGladrey. “Facilitating Community Health  Improvement Capacity through Non-governmental Public Health Partners.” Journal of Public Health Management & Practice 23(5):496-8.   

2016      McGladrey, Margaret L., and Angela Carman. “Evidence for the Role of Resource- sharing Networks in Coalition Development.” Frontiers in Public Health Services and System Research 5(1):28-33. 

2016      Geter, Angelica, JaNelle M. Ricks, Margaret L. McGladrey, Richard Crosby, Leandro A.  Mena, and John M. Ottmar. “Experiences of Anti-Homosexual Attitudes and Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men in the South: A Need for Community-Based Interventions.” LGBT Health 3(3):214-8. 

2015      McGladrey, Margaret L. “Lolita is in the Eye of the Beholder: Amplifying Preadolescent  Girls’ Voices in Conversations about Sexualization, Objectification, and Performativity.” Feminist Formations 27(2):165-90. 

2015      McGladrey, Margaret L., and Richard Crosby. “Reducing Cervical Cancer Incidence Using Evidence-Based Programs in Community Settings.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 49(2):297-300. 

2015      Carman, Angela, Margaret L. McGladrey, Anna G. Hoover, and Richard Crosby.  “Organizational Variation in an Evidence-Based HPV Intervention Implementation.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 49(2):301-08. 

2015      Wackerbarth, Sarah, Margaret L. McGladrey, and Laura Fanucchi. “Taking the Pulse  of a Target Population: Assessing Change Readiness.” Quality Management in Health Care 24(3):129-34. 

2015      Cohen, Elisia L., Katherine J. Head, Margaret L. McGladrey, Anna G. Hoover, Robin C.  Vanderpool, Colleen Bridger, Angela Carman, Richard A. Crosby, Elaine Darling, Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, and Nancy Winterbauer. “Designing for Dissemination: Lessons in Message Design from ‘1-2-3 Pap.’” Health Communication 30(2):196-207. 

2014      McGladrey, Margaret L. “Becoming Tween Bodies: What Preadolescent Girls in the  U.S. Say About Beauty, the ‘Just-Right Ideal,’ and the ‘Disney Girls.’” Journal of Children and Media 8(4):353-70. 

2014      Ricks, JaNelle M., Angelica Geter, Margaret L. McGladrey, Richard A. Crosby, Leandro A. Mena, and John M. Ottmar. “‘I Don’t Have A Problem With It, But Other Guys Do’: An Exploration Of Condom Negotiation Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men In The South.” Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships 1(1):1-10. 

2012      McGladrey, Margaret L., Seth M. Noar, Richard A. Crosby, April M. Young, and Elizabeth Webb. “Creating Project CREATE: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Developing Web-Based Resources for Public Health Practitioners.” American Journal of Health Education 43(6):341-49.