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.