The UNC SON Alumni Association recently conferred the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award on Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN (BSN ’71). McCauley is the sixth dean of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, which has risen steadily in rankings under Dr. McCauley’s leadership and is now 4th among nursing graduate programs according to U.S. News and World Report.
The award commends graduates for their outstanding service in the area of nursing, either through their scholarly efforts, their promotion of health care, or their tireless service to the field of nursing.
Dr. McCauley, a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing, is internationally recognized for her scholarship in environmental and occupational health.
Dr. McCauley has been consistently funded for the past two decades, studying a number of compelling issues in environmental health including exposure of children to pesticides, the special health risks to adolescent workers, and interventions to decrease pesticide exposures in vulnerable populations.