Senior Fellow, NC Child Advocacy Institute
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
Department of Maternal and Child Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Class of 1978
Marcia E. Herman-Giddens is a graduate of Duke University (BHS, 1978) and the University of North Carolina (MPH, 1985; and DrPH, 1994). After graduation from the PA Program, Dr. Herman-Giddens practiced pediatrics at the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) for five years, and then served on the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics for eleven years and in the Department of Community and Family Medicine for four years. During this time, she directed DUMC's Child Protection Team, leading it to national recognition both for its contribution to research as well as its service to children.
Dr. Herman-Giddens has served on or chaired numerous committees, advisory boards, and task forces including those of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, the NC Pediatric Society's Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and many others. She has been a medical consultant on child abuse issues for state and private service providers. Her research in the late 1980's on child abuse fatalities was instrumental in leading to the establishment of North Carolina's child fatality prevention system, now codified in law. For three years she was the medical director of the State Child Fatality Prevention Team, one branch of this system. She is also known for her publications on physical findings and sexually transmitted diseases in child sexual abuse, which helped to increase knowledge and change attitudes about the actual manifestations of abuse in children. Most recently, she is known for her research on the age of onset of puberty in boys and girls in the United States and examination of the possible reasons for the decline in age. Often called on to present her work nationally and internationally, she continues to be a child advocate, teacher and researcher, teaching child abuse and child development at the School of Public Health and as a Senior Fellow with the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute in Raleigh.
Among her awards, Dr. Herman-Giddens received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program (1987), an Appreciation Award for Contributions to Improve the Lives of Children from The North Carolina Pediatric Society (2001), a Service Award for Outstanding Indirect Service from the North Carolina Association of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Section (1997), and a Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Health of North Carolinians from the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, University of North Carolina, School of Public Health (1994).