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Texas Medical Center

Public Health Pediatrics
Phone: 832-824-0252

Cary Cain, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Cizik School of Nursing PhD Doctor of Philosophy 2019
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health masters Master of Public Health 2012
University of Texas at Arlington bachelors Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2001


I am interested in understanding and addressing gaps that result from familial, educational, and societal systems that fail to create conditions that promote healthy development for young children.

Clinical Interests

Public Health Nursing, Injury and Violence Prevention, Maternal and Child Health

Research Interests

Prevention of childhood adversity through addressing shared risk and protective factors such as social determinants of health, early brain development, and parental support.   


Organization Name Role
American Public Health Association Maternal and Child Health. Public Health Nursing, and Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, Member
Harris County Child Fatality Review Team Member
Safe Kids Greater Houston Coalition Member
Safe States Alliance Member
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society Membership Chair
Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) Member
Society for Research in Child Development Member
Texas Injury Prevention Leadership Collaborative Strategy Team Leader

Selected Publications

Cain, C.M., Pollok, L., Rodriguez, M., Edwards, C., & Cumpsty-Fowler, C. (2019). Evaluation of the Texas Injury Prevention Leadership Collaborative essential leadership skills training. Texas Public Health Journal 71(2), 19-22.

Cain, C.M., Lopez, K.K., & Levine, S. (2018). Resiliency in children and adolescents. In M.W. Kline (Ed.) Rudolph's Pediatrics (23rd ed.) (Chapter 29). New York: McGraw Hill Medical.

Cain, C.M. and Van Horne, B.S. (2017). Current challenges in addressing the realities of poverty and inequality in families with young children: A call for both policy and intervention. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Advisor, 29(2), 3-13.

Lopez, K.K. & Cain, C.M. (2017). A public health approach to prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities: Summary of 'Within our reach: A national strategy to eliminate child abuse and neglect fatalities.’ American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Alert, 8(3), 1-4. 


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar (2016-2019)

Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Community Health and Service Award (2019)

Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Pi, PhD Student Award for Excellence in Nursing (2018)

Sigma Theta Tau International Edith Anderson Leadership Education Award (2018)

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