The Office of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice’s two co-directors and executive sponsors provide the strategic vision and direction for the office.

Jodie L. Guest, PhD, MPH


Dr. Guest is Co-Director of the WHSC Office of IPECP, Professor and Senior Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, and Associate Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Guest has a broad background in epidemiology and specific expertise in HIV cohorts and clinical trials, emergency preparedness and science communication. She has focused her research on racial, sexual, and gender minority populations in HIV care.

Dr. Guest is Director of the Emory Farmworker Project, an interprofessional program that provides healthcare to thousands of migrant farmworkers each year. Since March 2020, she has led Emory's Outbreak Response Team for COVID-19, working in Hall County with poultry plant workers, communities in middle Georgia, the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta, and communities with limited access to vaccines and testing due to unstable housing. She serves on the Leadership Advisory Council for the Emory COVID-19 Response Collaborative, a public health and academic partnership. Dr. Guest was awarded Emory's 2021 MLK Community Service Award for her work with the Emory Outbreak Response Team, the 2022 Rollins School of Public Health Distinguished Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions in the field of public health, and the Society for Epidemiologic Research's 2023 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award. She has also received numerous awards for her graduate level teaching and service.

Dr. Guest serves on the Woodruff Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees for Leadership Atlanta and the Leadership Council for Zoo Atlanta. She is a faculty counselor for the Emory Board of Trustees and secretary of the University Senate. She also serves on the Atlanta Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Council, chairs the National LGBTQ Health Conference, is the MPox public health advisor to the Mayor of Atlanta, and serves as the COVID Czar for the Iditarod. Additionally, Dr. Guest is the Founder and Executive Director of Teen Corp, a medical and philanthropy organization created to bring experiential learning to youth leaders. Find more information about Dr. Guest.

Jodie L. Guest

Beth Ann Swan, PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Swan is Co-Director of the WHSC Office of IPECP, Professor, Clinical Track, Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic Practice Partnerships, and the Evans Endowed Distinguished Professor in Simulation and Innovation at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.

Dr. Swan has provided leadership and mentorship on ground-breaking projects impacting both nursing practice and interprofessional education. With her entrepreneurial mindset and belief in consumer-centered care and engagement, her research is focused on leveraging technology and big data to optimize cross setting communications to improve care coordination and transitions. In the simulation space, she is building an interprofessional collaborative education model that leverages virtual reality in support of achieving IPE and SDOH competencies during care transitions. Dr. Swan is leading the Atlanta Region Community Health Workforce Advancement (ARCHWA) Program, a HRSA funded project to expand the public health workforce by training new and existing community health workers.

Dr. Swan was a member of the Veterans Health Administration Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel and was a member of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Planning Committee for Preparing Registered Nurses for New Roles in Primary Care. Dr. Swan developed the major contribution to care coordination and transition management, the national curriculum known as CCTM. She is the co-editor of Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum now in its 2nd Edition, co-edited the book Perspectives in Ambulatory Care Nursing, and co-edited the book Integrating a Social Determinants of Health Framework into Nursing Education.Find more information about Dr. Swan.

Beth Ann Swan

Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN

IPECP Executive Sponsor

Dr. McCauley is Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN). As Dean, she has developed and executed a comprehensive strategic plan to position NHWSN at the forefront of nursing research, education, and policy. This plan has been successful, in large part, because it emphasizes the potential of nurses and nursing students as leaders in healthcare innovation. The school's Innovation Initiative has enabled remarkable achievements such as the Emory Nursing Learning Center (ENLC), the Center for Data Science, and Project NELL. Under Dean McCauley's leadership, the school has risen from its No. 26 ranking in 2011 to its current position as No. 1 in US News and World Report's “Best Graduate Nursing Schools” guide. In 2021, NHWSN's undergraduate program debuted as No. 4 in the first-ever US News undergraduate nursing rankings as well.

Dean McCauley's own research—for which she has been consistently funded for over two decades—lies at the intersection of nursing and environmental and occupational health sciences. Her longstanding partnership with the Farmworkers Association of Florida involves collaborating with farmworkers to study the health impacts of heat stress (such as kidney disease) in agricultural settings.

Today, she and her team are partnering with communities, experts across disciplines, and organizations across sectors to implement and share the Center's findings. The National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), awarded $4 million in 2022 to fund the new phase of this work in a grant titled, the Center for Children's Health Assessment, Research Translation, and Combating Environmental Racism (CHARTER).

Dean McCauley serves on the National Academy of Medicine's (NAM's) Governing Council and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). In 2020, she was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and, in 2016, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Occupational Health Nurses as well. Dean McCauley is thought of as an entrepreneurial leader and is a sought-after expert in nursing business and innovation. Find more information about Dean McCauley.

Linda McCauley