Dr. Hacker has a long history of public health practice at the local level, having served as the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department in Pennsylvania for 6 years. She also held a variety of leadership roles at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, including that of Senior Medical Director for Public and Community Health.
An expert in community-based participatory research (CBPR), Dr. Hacker directed the CBPR program of the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Award Initiative. She has published extensively, and wrote Community-Based Participatory Action Research, a widely used academic text.
Dr. Hacker received her MD from Northwestern University School of Medicine and her MPH with honors from Boston University School of Public Health. She continues to see patients as a primary care physician in adolescent medicine.