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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 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 populations who experience marginalization (e.g. sexual and gender minorities, incarcerated women). Her currently funded projects focus on homelessness among survivors of domestic violence, resources for victims of crime, and violence victimization in the transgender community. Dr. McCauley has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and has given more than 100 regional and national addresses on her work.

Dr. McCauley’s leadership spans multiple domains within and outside of Michigan State University. She is the area group leader for the Lifespan Human Development & Family Diversity concentration in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies. In 2018, Dr. McCauley was appointed by the MSU President to serve as Chair of MSU’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee. 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).