Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, began her appointment as Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) in 2009. She has since developed and executed a comprehensive strategic plan to position NHWSN at the forefront of nursing research and policy. Under her leadership, the school has risen from its No. 26 ranking in 2011 to its current position as No. 5 in US News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Nursing Schools” guide.

Dean McCauley is a thought leader at the intersection of environmental science and nursing. She is an advocate for worker’s rights, occupational health, and environmental protections, and she has been called upon for Capitol Hill testimony regarding these issues. Her research, which analyzes the health effects of environmental factors like climate change, draws together several disciplines and utilizes innovative methodologies.

In 2015, she secured the largest NIH research grant in the school’s history—$5 million to develop the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Emory. She is the Co-Chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on Primary Care and, in 2020, she was accepted onto the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC).

Dean McCauley was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Occupational Health Nurses. She is a sought-after subject matter expert with features across nationally syndicated outlets such as Time, NPR, The Weather Channel, Huffington Post, and Businessweek.

Areas of Expertise

Administration and Leadership; Community and Public Health; Occupational and Environmental Health

Research: Interdisciplinary Studies Focused on Occupational and Environmental Studies of Vulnerable Populations

Teaching: Occupational and Environmental Health; Leadership


McCauley L (2014).  Advancing Professionalism:  Research and Evidence-Based Practice.  In R. V. Moore and R.L. Moore (Eds.), Fundamentals of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing:  AAOHN Core Curriculum, 4th ed., (pp. 607 – 635).  Pensacola:  AAOHN Academy/Publishers.

McCauley L (2014 ed. in process).  Epidemiology of Chemical Warfare Agents.  In R Gupta and T. Satoh (Eds.), Anticholinesterase pesticides:  Metabolism, Neurotoxicity and Epidemiology.  Philadelphia:  Elsevier Publishers.

Runkle, J.; Flocks, J.; Economos, J.; Tovar-Aguilar, J.A.; McCauley, L. Occupational Risks and Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes in Florida Farmworkers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 7820-7840.

Jianghong, L, Leung P, McCauley L, Pinto-Martin, J., Wang, Y., Li, L., Yan, C., & Rogan, W.J. Blood Lead Levels and Children's Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Cohort Study. JAMA Pediatrics.  2014 Aug; 168(8):737-45. DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.332. PubMed PMID: 25090293; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4152857.

Jianghong L, Leung P, McCauley L, Yuexian A, Pinto-Martin J (2013). Mother’s environmental tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy and externalizing behavior problems in children. Neurotoxicology. 34 (2013):167-174.

Runkle, JD, Flocks J, Tover-Aguilar J, Economos J, McCauley L., Williams B, Muniz, JF & Semple, M. (2013).   Pesticide Risk Perception and Biomarkers of Exposure in Florida Female Farmworkers. Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine. Nov; 5(11):1286-92.  DOI:  10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182973396.

Flocks, J., Vi Thien Mac, V., Runkle, J., Tovar-Aguilar, J., Economos, J., &  McCauley, L. (2013).  Female Farmworkers’ Perceptions of Heat-Related Illness and Pregnancy Health.  Journal of Agromedicine.  18 (4):350-8.  DOI:  10.1080/1059924X.2013.826607.

McCauley, L., Runkle, J., Samples, J., Williams, B., Muniz, J., Semple, M., & Shadbeh, H. (2013).  Oregon Indigenous Farmworkers:  Results of Promotor Intervention on Pesticide Knowledge and Organophosphate Metabolite Levels.  Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine.  55 (10):  1164-70.  DOI:  10.1097/JOM.0b013e31829b28e4.

Kelley, M.A., Flocks, J., Economos, J., & McCauley, L. (2013).  Female Farmworkers’ Health Druing Pregnancy:  Health Care Providers’ Perspectives.  Workplace Health and Safety.  61(7):  308-13.  DOI:  10.3928/21650799-20130617-07.  Epub2013 Jun 24.

Marin, T., Moore, J., Kosmetaos, N., Roback, J., Weiss, P., Higgins, M., McCauley, L., Strickland, O., & Josephson, C. ( 2013).  Red Blood Cell Transfusion-related Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Very-Low-Birthweight Infants:  A Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Investigation.  Transfusion.  53(11):  2650-8.  DOI:  10.1111/trf.12158.  Epub 2013 Mar 11.

McCauley, L, Runkle, J, Samples, J, Williams, B, Muniz, J, Semple, M, Shadbeh, N, (2013). Oregon Indigenous Farmworkers: Results of Promotor Intervention on Pesticide Knowledge and Organophosphate Metabolite Levels. Journal of Environmental Medicine Oct:55:164-170.



Dean McCauley has more than 25 years of experience in conducting interdisciplinary studies focused on occupational and environmental studies of working populations and their children.  She has led a large study funded by the CDC/NIOSH on “Pregnancy Health Among Florida Farmworkers”.  This work was followed by a National Center for Health Disparities and Minority Research funded study of “Prevention and Reduction of Adverse Health Effects of Pesticides on Indigenous Farmworkers”.  She has extensive experience in the area of environmental health and nursing, and a demonstrated record of successful and productive research projects in protecting and improving human health and is frequently asked to serve as a consultant or in an advisory capacity for farmworker health issues.  Most recently and in partnership with the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF), Dean McCauley is conducting community-based participatory research among pregnant farmworkers that focuses on the effects of heat exposure on the health of farmworkers.