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Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, DrPH

Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, DrPH

Adjunct Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
  • 1450 Russell Chapel Road
  • Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • USA

Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, PA, MCH, DrPH, adjunct professor of maternal and child health, has been a teacher, researcher, child advocate and adviser for over 35 years, of which 16 included the practice of pediatrics.

She specializes in child abuse, pubertal development and tick-borne infections. She is best known for her studies on child abuse homicides which led to new laws, and her landmark studies documenting the earlier age of onset of puberty in children nationally. Dr. Herman-Giddens has been a North Carolina resident for almost 50 years.

Honors and Awards

Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, various editions (World and USA)


Hall of Fame

2002, Duke University Physician Assistant Program

Appreciation Award for Contributions to Improve the Lives of Children

2001, The North Carolina Pediatric Society

Service Award for Outstanding Indirect Service

1997, North Carolina Association of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Section

Who’s Who in Science and Engineering


Kimberly Crews Award, for Work in Child Abuse

1996, North Carolina Professional Association on the Abuse of Children

Service Award, for Outstanding Service to the Health of North Carolinians

1994, Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Analytic Skills Enhancement Fellowship

1991-1992 and 1993-1994

Sigma Xi

1989, The Scientific Research Society

Alumna of the Year

1987, Duke University Physician Assistant Program

President's Award

1983, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants

Teaching Interests

Dr. Herman-Gibbens is not currently teaching any courses at UNC-Chapel Hill. She continues to teach in adult education courses as a volunteer. The topic is usually ticks and tick-borne diseases in North Carolina.

Research Activities

Her current research interests are in the area of tick-borne diseases. She continues to be involved in research and authorship of papers using data collected in her pubertal studies on United States children.

Service Activities

From time to time, Dr. Herman-Gibbens consults with groups serving abused children. More frequently, she consults and offers teaching to groups or individual professionals dealing with the current invasion of ticks and increased tick-borne diseases in North Carolina.

Shes serves on advisory boards to grants and studies in her fields of interest. She also reviews papers submitted for publication for numerous national and international medical journals.

Key Publications

Yale Lyme Disease Maps Are Not Accurate for the South in 2012. Herman-Giddens ME. (2012). American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 86.

Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys: A Study from the Pediatric Research in Office Settings Network. Herman-Giddens ME, Steffes J, Harris D, et al. (2012). Pediatrics, 130.

Tick-borne Diseases in the Southeast Need Human Studies: Lyme disease, STARI, and Beyond. Herman-Giddens ME. (2014). Ltr. Zoonoses and Public Health, 61.

The Enigmatic Pursuit of Puberty in Girls. Herman-Giddens ME. (2013). Pediatrics, 132.

Erythema Migrans-Like Lesions in the South Require Treatment Given the Current State of Knowledge. Herman-Giddens, ME.  (2014). Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 14.

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