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Dr. McCabe graduated with a BSN in nursing from Niagara University, an MS in nursing from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PhD from Rush University. To advance her psychometric expertise, she obtained a Certificate of Advanced Study in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis from the University of Chicago. In addition, Dr. McCabe completed post-doctoral fellowships in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, Health Services Research at Tufts University, and Self- and Family-Management at Yale University. She is a lecturer at the Harvard School of Medicine, and has taught at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions; Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing Boston College, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. McCabe has mentored numerous graduate nursing students in research practice from a variety of universities.

Currently working as the Director of Nursing Research for Medicine Patient Services, Dr. McCabe conducts her own program of research, mentors staff nurses and advanced practice nurses in research and evidence-based practice activities, and oversees numerous related educational activities. She represents nursing and clinical research as a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Institutional Review Board, serves as co-chair of the Nursing Scientific Review Committee and is a member of the Nurse Executive Committee on Research and Inquiry.

Dr. McCabe’s program of research employs a bio-behavioral approach to better understand the symptom of fatigue in children. She has conducted several clinical research studies in settings ranging from the community to the inpatient environment leading to multiple publications in refereed journals and international and national presentations.

Dr. McCabe’s contributions extend far beyond the hospital walls. As a co-founder of Hacking Pediatrics and its only nurse, she brings her clinical/research/regulatory knowledge to this collaborative effort between MIT’s (Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology) widely acclaimed Hacking Medicine and Boston Children’s Hospital. Their mission is to promote meaningful, innovative healthcare redesign. As a recognized expert on the role of the clinical research nurse, Dr. McCabe was invited to represent nursing on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review the Clinical Translational Science Award Program at the National Institutes of Health. She is also a co-founder and current president-elect of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses, the only professional organization that specifically defines, validates and advances the unique practice of clinical research nursing around the globe. She has an international presence publishing, speaking and teaching on the role of the clinical research nurse. She received the Distinguished Clinical Research Nurse Award in 2012 from the International Association for Clinical Research Nurses.


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  1. Curley MAQ, Hasbani NR, Quigley SM, Stellar JJ, Pasek TA, Shelley SS, Kulik LA, Chamblee TB, Dilloway MA, Caillouette CN, McCabe MA, Wypij D. Predicting Pressure Injury Risk in Pediatric Patients: The Braden QD Scale. J Pediatr. 2018 01; 192:189-195.e2. View abstract
  2. Branowicki PM, Vessey JA, Graham DA, McCabe MA, Clapp AL, Blaine K, O'Neill MR, Gouthro JA, Snydeman CK, Kline NE, Chiang VW, Cannon C, Berry JG. Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials That Evaluate the Effectiveness of Hospital-Initiated Postdischarge Interventions on Hospital Readmission. J Healthc Qual. 2017 Nov/Dec; 39(6):354-366. View abstract
  3. Vessey JA, McCabe M, Lulloff AJ. Nurse scientists: One size doesn't fit all. Nurs Manage. 2017 Feb; 48(2):26-34. View abstract
  4. Green ME, Sullivan KJ, Wells S, Board R, Feldman HA, McCabe M. A Comparison of Antibiotic Serum Concentrations Drawn Simultaneously from Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters and Peripheral Veins in Children with Respiratory Infection. J Pediatr Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec; 30(6):868-76. View abstract
  5. McCabe M, Patricia B. Fatigue in the acute care and ambulatory setting. J Pediatr Nurs. 2014 Jul-Aug; 29(4):344-7. View abstract
  6. Kells M, Rogers J, Oppenheimer SC, Blaine K, McCabe M, McGrath E, Woodring B, Geller AC. The teachable moment captured: a framework for nurse-led smoking cessation interventions for parents of hospitalized children. Public Health Nurs. 2013 Sep-Oct; 30(5):468-73. View abstract
  7. Hastings CE, Fisher CA, McCabe MA, Allison J, Brassil D, Offenhartz M, Browning S, DeCandia E, Medina R, Duer-Hefele J, McClary K, Mullen N, Ottosen M, Britt S, Sanchez T, Turbini V. Clinical research nursing: a critical resource in the national research enterprise. Nurs Outlook. 2012 May-Jun; 60(3):149-156.e1-3. View abstract
  8. McCabe MA. Perceptions of school nurses and teachers of fatigue in children. Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Sep-Oct; 37(5):244-50, 255. View abstract
  9. Harney KM, McCabe M, Branowicki P, Kalish LA, Neufeld EJ. Observational cohort study of pediatric inpatients with central venous catheters at "intermediate risk" of thrombosis and eligible for anticoagulant prophylaxis. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2010 Nov-Dec; 27(6):325-9. View abstract
  10. McCabe M. Fatigue in children with long-term conditions: an evolutionary concept analysis. J Adv Nurs. 2009 Aug; 65(8):1735-45. View abstract
  11. McCabe M, Cahill Lawrence CA. The clinical research nurse. Am J Nurs. 2007 Sep; 107(9):13. View abstract
  12. McCabe MA. Pediatric Functional Independence Measure: clinical trials with disabled and nondisabled children. Appl Nurs Res. 1996 Aug; 9(3):136-8. View abstract
  13. McCabe MA, Granger CV. Content validity of a pediatric functional independence measure. Appl Nurs Res. 1990 Aug; 3(3):120-2. View abstract