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Paige McDonald Paige McDonald
Vice Chair in the Clinical Research and Leadership Department
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Office Phone: 202-994-9124
Email: Email
Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


  • BS, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, 1990
  • M.A., University of Texas, San Antonio, 1998
  • EdD, George Washington University, 2012


Dr. Paige McDonald has over 20 years of leadership in military, educational and consulting sectors. She served for five years on active-duty in the United States Navy as an Antisubmarine Warfare Officer and Administrative Department Head.  In 2004, she and a fellow Naval Academy graduate started their own corporate coaching business, BeaconLeader Inc.  The company delivers training to small and medium sized companies in leadership development, organizational development, process improvement, and change management.


Dr. McDonald’s research interests include adult learning, blended learning, online learning, meta-cognition, reflective practice, and change.  Her most recent publications include book chapters on how blended learning aligns with the needs of adult learners and how blended learning facilitates future reflective practice.


Dr. McDonald has over 16 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in various higher education settings.  She has taught at The George Washington University since 2008. Since then she has designed undergraduate and graduate courses for both online and blended delivery.  Currently she teaches courses in leadership and organizational change.  


  • Clinical Management and Leadership
  • Clinical Research Administration
  • Core Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • Health Care Quality
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Translational Health Sciences

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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