Heather L. McCauley

Heather L. McCauley
2006
Major: 
Sociology
Minor: 
European Studies
Additional Degrees: 
Master of Science in Global Health at Harvard University
Doctor of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard University
Professional Position: 
Social epidemiologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Adolescent Medicine at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Alumni Biography: 

Heather is a social epidemiologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Adolescent Medicine at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Her research focuses on the health impacts of gender-based violence with particular focus on abuse experienced at critical stages of development (childhood and adolescence) and the protective factors that mitigate poor health as a result of violence exposure.  She has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.  Her other related work includes understanding the intersection of substance use and adolescent relationship abuse as well as understanding the violence experiences of adolescents and young adults with same-sex attraction and behavior or identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  Heather’s interest in preventing gender-based violence and her desire to pursue this interest as a profession began while a sociology student at St. Lawrence University. Sociology gave her the language and the research tools needed to understand how violence occurs within discourses of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. After graduation from St. Lawrence, she earned a Master of Science in Global Health and a Doctor of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Harvard University to apply the theories learned while a student of sociology to health policy, research and practice. Heather attributes the opportunities she has had since graduation to her experience working one-on-one with St. Lawrence faculty to develop her talents and would like to provide the same opportunity for her students. Heather lives in both Durham, NH and Pittsburgh, PA with her wife and enjoys running, cycling and playing with their nieces and nephews.