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McCauley, Heather L. Sc.D., M.S.


Assistant Professor


  • Sc.D. Social Epidemiology, Harvard University
  • M.S. Global Health, Harvard University
  • B.A. Sociology, St. Lawrence University

Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent development
  • Relationship violence
  • Health
  • Marginalized youth


Dr. Heather L. McCauley is a Harvard-trained social epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the health impacts of and intervention strategies to reduce intimate partner violence, sexual assault and reproductive coercion, with emphasis on victimization among marginalized populations (e.g. sexual and gender minorities, foster youth, incarcerated women). Dr. McCauley has authored or co-authored 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and has given more than 100 regional and national addresses on her federally funded work. 

Dr. McCauley’s leadership spans multiple domains within and outside of Michigan State University. She is the area director for the Lifespan Human Development & Family Diversity concentration in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies. She also directs an interdisciplinary collaboration between HDFS, the MSU School of Criminal Justice, and the MSU School of Social Work to build MSU's capacity in community-engaged intervention research to reduce racial/ethnic disparities among system-involved youth. In 2018, Dr. McCauley was appointed by the MSU President to serve as Chair of MSU’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee. At the state level, Dr. McCauley serves on Governor-appointed working groups related to sexual violence prevention. At the national level, Dr. McCauley serves on grant review panels for the National Institute of Justice and the National Institutes of Health. She is Associate Editor of the multidisciplinary research journal Psychology of Violence. Dr. McCauley is a Trustee on the Board of Trustees at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY).