Linda A. McCauley RN, PhD, FAAN, FAAOHN

Dean and Professor

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing


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.