Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp majored in biology and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Sweet Briar in 1968. She was also the first African-American woman to enroll in Emory University‘s School of Medicine, earning her M.D. in 1972. She has been working for 19 years at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where she is Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Branch, Division of Birth Defects, Child Development, and Disability and Health. She is married and has two children who also pursue an academical education.