Odyssey Medal

Amanda Moore McBride

Amanda Moore McBride

Amanda Moore McBride, Ph.D. ’93, associate professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, is an international leader, teacher and scholar in civic and community engagement. Her work includes building international and national service initiatives, applying youth service as a component of youth development, and understanding and communicating the service mission of the academy. 

As director of the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service, a position she has held since its 2006 inception, McBride promotes lifelong civic engagement of undergraduate and graduate students, and engages the university community through a variety of initiatives.

McBride serves as associate dean at the Brown School of Social Work, is the research director for the Center for Social Development, and serves as a faculty fellow for WUSTL’s Institute for School Partnership. McBride’s research involves the study of higher education’s role in international service efforts.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hendrix College in 1993, she worked briefly for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, then pursued graduate studies at Washington University, earning master’s and doctoral degrees in 1995 and 2003, respectively. She has been honored for her teaching and mentoring and recently received an Outstanding Young Alumna Award from Hendrix College.