Dr. McNamara is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and specializes in Adolescent Medicine. She cares for youth aged 11-25 and supervises pediatric residents at Fair Haven Community Health Center and Yale-affiliated subspecialty sites. She is interested in implementing best practices in the care of youth facing complex trauma and high-risk social situations. She is involved in medical education initiatives to improve trainee proficiency in strengths-based communication and positive youth development. She previously conducted research in implementing trauma-informed systems for high-volume pediatric trauma centers in Chicago. She conducts culturally appropriate curriculum development in adolescent medicine in both global and local settings, using innovative technologies and extensive resources at Yale. She is currently developing curricula for medical schools in Uganda, in partnership with stakeholders at Busitema University and Makerere University.
She received a Doctor of Medicine and Master’s of Clinical Research from Emory University in 2013. She completed residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago in 2016 and a fellowship in primary care from the Leadership in Urban Primary Care Education and Transformation Program at the University of Chicago in 2017. She completed fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2021.