Mary McKernan McKay, Ph.D

Mary McKernan McKay, Ph.D.

Dean, Brown School of Social Work
Washington University

Dr. Mary McKay joined the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis as Dean in 2016. Previously, she was the McSilver Professor of Social Work and the inaugural Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work (NYU Silver). Under Dr. McKay’s leadership, the McSilver Institute grew to have more than 50 full-time employees and over $30 million in funded projects benefitting poverty-impacted families and communities locally and globally. Prior to joining NYU Silver, Dr. McKay served as the head of the Division of Mental Health Services Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now known as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) in New York City. She has received substantial federal funding for research focused on meeting the mental health and health prevention needs of poverty-impacted youth and families. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles on mental and behavioral health, HIV/AIDS prevention and behavior modification, and other urban health issues.