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

Long bone fracture characteristics in children with medical conditions linked to bone health

Fortin, K., Bertocci, G., Nicholas, J. L., Lorenz, D. J. & Pierce, M. C., May 2020, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 103, 104396.

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  • Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Approach to Standardize Care and Communication for Suspected Child Abuse Arriving to the ED

    Balsley, K., Pierce, M. C., Katsogridakis, Y. L., Rosado, N., Mathey, L., Hickey, S. & Kelleher, M., Sep 2019, In : Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 20, 3, 100715.

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  • 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 2019, In : Journal of Pediatrics. 212, p. 180-187.e1

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  • 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.

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