Dr. Magruder received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and both an M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. She is currently Associate Professor (with tenure) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Prior to coming to MUSC, she led the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch and was Director of the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Dr. Magruder has been the recipient of a number of grants and has published extensively on mental disorders among primary care patients. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers, 7 book chapters, and co-edited 3 books. Her main area of interest is psychiatric epidemiology, particularly within primary care settings. She is currently leading a Veterans Administration cooperative study (CSP #569) on the long term course and consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in over 5000 male Vietnam veteran twins. She has been invited to develop a parallel VA cooperative study of female Vietnam veterans. She is also studying web-based treatment for new onset PTSD in veterans involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to her research, Dr. Magruder is co-Chair of IRB 1 at MUSC and Chair of the Workshop Committee of the Women Scholars Initiative.
Dr. Magruder lives on the Isle of Palms, SC, where she is an active member of the Island Turtle Team, protecting nesting loggerhead turtles and their hatchlings. She is married to Jeff Walker, and between them they have 3 sons, 3 daughters, and 7 grandchildren.