Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, began her appointment as Dean of Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) in 2009. Since then, she has launched 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. 4 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. 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. Dean McCauley is an advocate for worker’s rights, occupational health, and environmental protections and has been called upon for Capitol Hill testimony regarding these issues. She is also an active elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). She is a sought-after expert with features across nationally syndicated outlets such as Time, NPR, The Weather Channel, and Business Week.