Dr. Abby D. Mutic is an Assistant Tenure Track Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing with a clinical and translational research background in perinatal and pediatric environmental exposures. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) at Emory University. She earned a B.S. in Biology & Psychology from Drury University, a B.S.N. in Nursing from Saint Louis University, an M.S.N. in Nurse Midwifery from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from Emory University. As Director of the Southeast PEHSU, she oversees healthcare provider consultations and education, research training programs, and community outreach in US federal Region 4. Notably, the Emory PEHSU is one of only two programs in the National PEHSU network’s 20+ year history to be led by a Nurse Researcher. Since joining the PEHSU, she has received multiple administrative supplements focused on pediatric environmental exposures. One focused on exposures following natural disasters and another on enhancing the capacity of providers to address exposures resulting from disinfectant use in school settings. Recently, her team was funded to develop innovative virtual reality experiences to educate healthcare providers and individuals on indoor environmental asthma triggers. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles in occupational and environmental health and presented at several national meetings on various children’s environmental health topics and produced many research translational products including four videos, a social media campaign toolkit, and infographics. She was the recipient of a P50 Children’s Environmental Health Center (C-CHEM2) pilot award to assess the feasibility of environmental and biological data collection among preschool children in Early Learning Centers and home settings; the first of this kind in the Southeast. This work builds on her dissertation work that assessed environmental chemical mixtures in homes, urine, and serum in a cohort of pregnant African American women. Most recently, she secured a nursing research grant to explore advanced statistical analysis methods that incorporate high-dimensional, complex chemical mixtures related to pediatric asthma. She is delighted to bring the resources of our regional and national PEHSU network to this project as a member of the Center for Climate and Health Evidence, Equity, and Resilience.

Sites for Dr. Mutic

PEHSU FB : https://www.facebook.com/PehsuSE/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ceh.matters/

Translation Center: https://www.nursing.emory.edu/initiatives/charter#Page-Home

Areas of Expertise

Community Health
Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health
Health Communication and Translational Science
Indoor Air Pollution and Asthma


A complete list of published works found here.

Chicas RC, Elon L, Houser MC, Mutic A, Gallegos EI, Smith DJ, Modly L, Xiuhtecutli N, Hertzberg VS, Flocks J, Sands JM, McCauley L. The Health Status of Hispanic Agricultural Workers in Georgia and Florida. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Oct;24(5):1129-1136. doi: 10.1007/s10903-021-01326-0. Epub 2022 Jan 6. PubMed PMID: 34988908.

Mutic AD, Mauger DT, Grunwell JR, Opolka C, Fitzpatrick AM. Social Vulnerability Is Associated with Poorer Outcomes in Preschool Children With Recurrent Wheezing Despite Standardized and Supervised Medical Care. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2022 Apr;10(4):994-1002. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2021.12.043. Epub 2022 Feb 2. PubMed PMID: 35123099; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9007879.

Fitzpatrick AM, Mutic AD, Mohammad AF, Stephenson ST, Grunwell JR. Obesity Is Associated with Sustained Symptomatology and Unique Inflammatory Features in Children with Asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2022 Mar;10(3):815-826.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2021.10.020. Epub 2021 Oct 22. PubMed PMID: 34688962; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8917992.

Uddin R, Philipsborn R, Smith D, Mutic A, Thompson LM. A global child health perspective on climate change, migration and human rights. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2021 Jun;51(6):101029. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2021.101029. Epub 2021 Jul 6. PubMed PMID: 34244060.

Mutic AD, Barr DB, Hertzberg VS, Brennan PA, Dunlop AL, McCauley LA. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Serum Concentrations and Depressive Symptomatology in Pregnant African American Women. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Mar 31;18(7). doi: 10.3390/ijerph18073614. PubMed PMID: 33807211; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8037135.

Smith D, Mutic A, Mac VVT, Hertzberg VS, McCauley LA. Analyzing the predictors of health care utilization in the agricultural worker population using decision tree analysis: Does language matter?. Public Health Nurs. 2021 Jan;38(1):56-63. doi: 10.1111/phn.12826. Epub 2020 Oct 26. PubMed PMID: 33107059.

Flocks J, Tovar JA, Economos E, Thien Mac VV, Mutic A, Peterman K, McCauley L. Lessons Learned from Data Collection as Health Screening in Underserved Farmworker Communities. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2018;12(1S):93-100. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2018.0024. PubMed PMID: 29755052.

Mutic AD, Mix JM, Elon L, Mutic NJ, Economos J, Flocks J, Tovar-Aguilar AJ, McCauley LA. Classification of Heat-Related Illness Symptoms Among Florida Farmworkers. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2018 Jan;50(1):74-82. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12355. Epub 2017 Oct 12. PubMed PMID: 29024370.

Mutic AD, Baker BJ, McCauley LA. Deleterious Effects From Occupational Exposure to Ethylene Thiourea in Pregnant Women. Workplace Health Saf. 2017 Dec;65(12):595-602. doi: 10.1177/2165079916687312. Epub 2017 May 16. PubMed PMID: 28511580.

Rodriguez J, Jordan S, Mutic A, Thul T. The Neonatal Microbiome: Implications for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurses. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2017 Nov/Dec;42(6):332-337. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000375. PubMed PMID: 29049058; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5679116.

Mutic AD, Jordan S, Edwards SM, Ferranti EP, Thul TA, Yang I. The Postpartum Maternal and Newborn Microbiomes. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2017 Nov/Dec;42(6):326-331. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000374. PubMed PMID: 29049057; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5649366.

Jordan S, Baker B, Dunn A, Edwards S, Ferranti E, Mutic AD, Yang I, Rodriguez J. Maternal-Child Microbiome: Specimen Collection, Storage, and Implications for Research and Practice. Nurs Res. 2017 Mar/Apr;66(2):175-183. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000201. PubMed PMID: 28252577; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5336140.

Hertzberg V, Mac V, Elon L, Mutic N, Mutic A, Peterman K, Tovar-Aguilar JA, Economos E, Flocks J, McCauley L. Novel Analytic Methods Needed for Real-Time Continuous Core Body Temperature Data. West J Nurs Res. 2017 Jan;39(1):95-111. doi: 10.1177/0193945916673058. Epub 2016 Oct 22. PubMed PMID: 27756853; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5797491.


N408/N604MN Maternity & Reproductive Health

N561 & N631 Nurse Midwifery I & II

N539MN Optimal Wellness Across the Lifespan                           

N322 Health Promotion and Wellness   



  • CHARTER Translational Science Pilot Award
  • Loan Repayment Program Pediatric Research Award, National Institutes of Health
  • Office of Nursing Research Award, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Translational Education and Mentoring in Science Fellow, Georgia CTSA
  • Children’s Environmental Health Center Pilot Award, Emory University