Caitlin McDonald, MPH

Research Project Manager
Caitlin McDonald is a research project manager at the Acceleration Lab. In this role, she manages various studies that leverage behavioral economics principles and technology to improve patient engagement, care delivery, and population health.
Currently, her work focuses on preventive screenings and vaccination uptake, particularly among those at high-risk for noncompliance, to help address gaps in care. Caitlin also manages a clinical hovering program that uses text messaging to help improve engagement among patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Caitlin holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in molecular biology with a minor in psychology from Fairfield University.
Passion areas

Promoting preventive health, improving health care delivery, and addressing the social determinants of health to improve health equity

What will the future of health care look like?

It will be digital and utilize emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence to improve care delivery and patient experience.

Wish for the future of health and medicine

All people, regardless of socioeconomic status, education level, or zip code, will have access to affordable and quality health care that is patient-centered and prioritizes preventive health.

Favorite quote about innovation

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein

Favorite travel destination

A road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Diego - the road had a lot of tight turns on steep mountainsides with no guard rail, but the views along the way made it all worth it.

Little known fact about me

I played the drums in my high school's band in the suburbs of Philadelphia. "Eye of the Tiger" was one of our most played songs.

Favorite downtime activity

Going for leisurely bike rides along the Schuylkill River Trail. I also love to cook and enjoy putting together easy and quick weeknight recipes.

My Pet

My dog, Noodle, is my pride and joy! He is a brindle dachshund mix and loves to take naps and cuddle. I may be biased, but I think he is the cutest dog on earth.