Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Melissa McPheeters, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Women’s Health Research
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Evidence-Based Practice Center
Co-Director, Clinical and Translational Science Award Database Core
Co-Director, Public Health and Health Care Management
Research Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Research Assistant Professor of General Medicine and Public Health

Contact Info

(615) 936-8317


2525 West End Avenue, Suite 600

Melissa McPheeters, M.P.H., Ph.D.


Melissa McPheeters is a healthcare epidemiologist and an expert in healthcare utilization and patterns in maternal and child health. With over a decade of experience in comparative effectiveness research, Dr. McPheeters’s research focuses on the synthesis of evidence and translation of this evidence into public health and policy.

In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. McPheeters serves as the Co-Director of Vanderbilt’s Evidence-based Practice Center, overseeing all methods and methodologic training, as well as day-to-day function of the center. She is also responsible for engaging stakeholders and managing communication, leading topic development and refinement processes that incorporate the input of technical experts and other stakeholders, as well as for leading systematic reviews, and developing the consequent manuscripts. The Vanderbilt EPC has a particular focus on maternal and child health, and Dr. McPheeters leads all pediatric topics. This includes recent reviews on therapies for children with autism and ongoing work on adolescents with autism and children with cerebral palsy. Dr. McPheeters also conducts analyses of national data sets to examine key issues that children with special healthcare needs and their families face.