Mary C Pierce

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Research Interests

Dr. Pierce’s research interest focuses primarily on injuries in children with an emphasis on differentiating abusive from accidental trauma. Dr Pierce collaborates with a multi-disciplinary lab with emphasis on injury biomechanics. This lab combines the expertise of medicine and engineering and utilizes both a clinical and an experimental approach. Dr. Pierce’s research focus is the development of injury plausibility models, including clinical decision rules, for differentiating abusive and accidental trauma in the young child that combines medical, social, biologic, and engineering knowledge. Her interest is also in epigenetics, psychosocial risk factors, factors, ecologic factors, and how child maltreatment confers health problems later in life. This collaborative work results in translational research that is guided by case-based studies with clinical, social, and basic science research, experiments, and modeling directly linked to pertinent clinic issues.

Certifications and Licenses

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Training Experience

1992Residency, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1994Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Louisiana State University

… → 1989

Research interests

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Epigenetics
  • Injury Prevention

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Research Output 1996 2019

Child Abuse
Physical Abuse
Child Abuse
Quality Improvement
Hospital Emergency Service

Who's Watching the Children? Caregiver Features Associated with Physical Child Abuse versus Accidental Injury

Fingarson, A. K., Pierce, M. C., Lorenz, D. J., Kaczor, K., Bennett, B., Berger, R., Currie, M., Herr, S., Hickey, S., Magana, J., Makoroff, K., Williams, M., Young, A. & Zuckerbraun, N., Sep 1 2019, In : Journal of Pediatrics. 212, p. 180-187.e1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Abuse
Wounds and Injuries
Physical Abuse
Multicenter Studies
3 Citations (Scopus)

Are negative/unrealistic parent descriptors of infant attributes associated with physical abuse?

Young, A., Pierce, M. C., Kaczor, K., Lorenz, D. J., Hickey, S., Berger, S. P., Schmidt, S. M., Fingarson, A., Fortin, K. & Thompson, R., Jun 2018, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 80, p. 41-51 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Abuse
Child Behavior
Sample Size
3 Citations (Scopus)

Classifying Injuries in Young Children as Abusive or Accidental: Reliability and Accuracy of an Expert Panel Approach

Lorenz, D. J., Pierce, M. C., Kaczor, K., Berger, R. P., Bertocci, G., Herman, B. E., Herr, S., Hymel, K. P., Jenny, C., Leventhal, J. M., Sheehan, K. & Zuckerbraun, N., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Pediatrics. 198, p. 144-150.e4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wounds and Injuries
Hospital Emergency Service
Multicenter Studies