Interim Chair and Professor, Population and Family Health at Columbia University | Mailman School of Public Health
Terry McGovern founded the HIV Law Project in 1989 where she served as its executive director until 1999. Ms. McGovern successfully litigated numerous cases against the federal, state and local governments including S.P. v. Sullivan which forced the Social Security Administration to expand HIV-related disability criteria so that women and low income individuals can qualify for Medicaid and social security, and T.N. v. FDA, which eliminated a 1977 FDA guideline restricting the participation of women of childbearing potential in early phases of clinical trials. As a member of the National Task Force on the Development of HIV/AIDS Drugs, she authored the 2001 federal regulation authorizing the FDA to halt any clinical trial for a life threatening disease that excludes women. In 1999, she was awarded an Open Society Institute Fellowship and an appointment at the Mailman School. In 2001, she was named director of the Women's Health and Human Rights Advocacy Project, whose goal is to improve the reproductive and overall healthcare of low- income women, and work on issues related to fundamentalisms and the impact on women's human rights. Ms. McGovern has published extensively and testified numerous times before Congress and other policymaking entities. From 2006 until 2012, she was Senior Program Officer in the Gender, Rights and Equality Unit of the Ford Foundation. She oversaw global and domestic programming relating to HIV, gender, LGBT and Human Rights. Currently, Ms. McGovern serves as a professor and as interim Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health and teaches Health and Human Rights and Environmental Justice.