USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Tarra McNally, assistant director of evaluation, is a medical anthropologist with over a decade of experience conducting research and managing projects in maternal and child health, reproductive health, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS.

Her field research at a Seventh-day Adventist mission hospital in rural Lesotho examined the impact of HIV/AIDS on the local health care system and the ways in which Basotho negotiate health resources and power within this cultural system. Training at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided her with the qualitative and quantitative skills to identify best practices across clinical and behavioral interventions and to translate research into clear policy and programmatic recommendations.

Her recent work includes the introduction of misoprostol for prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage in the Zimbabwean health care system.

She received her bachelors in anthropology from Macalester College, a masters in anthropology from Boston University, and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona.

Tarra McNally