Dr. Lucy McNamara is an epidemiologist with the Division of Bacterial Diseases in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her work focuses on domestic and international meningococcal disease epidemiology, surveillance, and vaccination. She has contributed to meningococcal disease outbreak responses at several US universities and in Africa, conducts epidemiologic investigations of emerging issues in meningococcal disease, and recently served as the CDC lead for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Meningococcal Vaccines Work Group. Dr. McNamara has also contributed to public health emergency responses including the response to the 2014 West Africa Ebola Epidemic, the 2016-2017 Zika response, and the COVID-19 pandemic. She has authored over 40 journal articles and book chapters and was a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Dr. McNamara received her BA in Biology from Swarthmore College in 2008 and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology as well as an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 2012. She completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship at CDC in 2013–2015.