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Heather McClure

Bilingual Assistant Research Professor
College of Education, Education Policy and Leadership, Education Research and Outreach, Educational Leadership
Phone: 541-346-8904
Office: 1600 Millrace Dr., Ste 307


Heather McClure is a broadly trained prevention scientist with expertise in the social and cultural determinants of learning and health among marginalized populations, with a particular focus on Latinx immigrant youth and families. She uses multi-method approaches to gain insights into individual, family, and community-level influences on learning and critically-related phenomena (e.g., mental, behavioral, and physical health) that can either create risk for educational failure or promote engaged learning and well-being over the life course. As Director of the Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP), she works closely with our affiliated scientists who lead federally-funded education and health research projects.


PhD, 1999, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Major: Performance Studies
Major Advisors: Dwight Conquergood (Performance Studies), Micaela di Leonardo (Anthropology), Frank Safford (Latin American History)

MA, 1995, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Major: Performance Studies

BA, 1990, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Major: English

Honors and Awards

2011 Clinical Research Recognition Award, PeaceHealth/Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation

2007 New Investigators in Hispanic Drug Abuse Research panel, 2008 National Hispanic Scientists Network

2003 Washington, DC Mayor’s Partner Quality Award for community-based research and policy work with Latinx children, youth and families


Measelle, E. A., McClure H. H., Snodgrass, J. J., Martinez, C. R., Jr., Jiménez, R., &

Isiordia, L. (In press). Climbing the ladder of decline: Income and acculturation associated with chronic inflammation among Mexican immigrants. American Journal of Human Biology. 

Martinez, C. R., Jr., McClure, H. H., & Eddy, J. M. (2016). Latino youth substance use in states with emerging immigrant communities. In Drug Use Trajectories among Minority Youth. Eds, Thomas, Y.F., Price, L.N., & Lybrand, A.V. New York: Springer Publishing.

McClure H.H., Snodgrass J.J., Martinez C.R., Jr., Squires E.C., Jiménez R.A., IsiordiaL.E., et al. (2015). Stress, place, and allostatic load among Mexican immigrant farmworkers in Oregon. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, Feb: 1-8.

McClure H.H., Shortt J.W., Eddy J.M., Holmes A., Van Uum S., Russell E., et al. (2015).Associations among mother-child contact, parenting stress, and mother and childadjustment related to incarceration. In: Poehlmann-Tynan J, editor. Children's contact withincarcerated parents: Implications for policy and intervention. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; p. 58-82.

McClure, H.H., Snodgrass, J.J., Martinez, C.R., Jr., Eddy, J.M., McDade, T.W., Hyers,M., & Johnstone-Díaz, A. (2013). Integrating biomarkers into prevention research withLatino immigrants in the United States. Advances in Anthropology, 3(2): 112-120.

McClure, H.H., Eddy, J.M., Kjellstrand, J., Martinez, C.R., Jr., & Snodgrass, J.J. (2012).Child and adolescent affective and behavioral distress and elevated adult body mass index.Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 43(6): 837-854.

McClure, H.H., Martinez, C.R., Jr., Snodgrass, J.J., Eddy, J. M., Jiménez, R., Isiordia, L.E., &McDade, T.W. (2010). Discrimination-related stress, blood pressure, and Epstein Barr Virus antibodies among Latin American immigrants in Oregon. Journal of Biosocial Science, 42(4): 433-461.


My research on chronic psychosocial stress, coping and resilience, and health and educational outcomes among Latinx immigrant families (parents, children and adolescents) uses community-based participatory research approaches and integrates stress biomarkers, and qualitative and quantitative methods.