Heather L. McCauley | St. Lawrence University Sociology

Heather L. McCauley

Heather McCauley
Class year: 
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: 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Alumni Biography: 

Dr. Heather L. McCauley is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  A social epidemiologist by training, her research focuses on the health impacts of intimate partner violence and sexual assault with particular focus on abuse experienced at critical stages of development (childhood and adolescence) and the protective factors that mitigate poor health after violence exposure.  She has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.  Her other related work includes understanding the intersection of substance use and intimate partner violence as well as understanding the violence experiences of adolescents and young adults with same-sex attraction and behavior or identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.  Heather’s interest in preventing intimate partner 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. Heather also serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Lawrence.