Heather L. McCauley (she/her)

Heather L. McCauley (she/her)
  • Associate Professor - Tenure


  • ScD, Harvard University
  • MS, Harvard University
  • BA, St. Lawrence University


  • Sexual violence prevention & intervention
  • Institutional climate change
  • Gender & sexuality
  • LGBTQ populations
  • Marginalization & health disparities
  • Social epidemiology


  • Bonar, E. E., DeGue, S., Abbey, A., Coker, A. L., Lindquist, C. H., McCauley, H. L., Miller, E., Senn, C. Y., Thompson, M. P., Ngo, Q. M., Cunningham, R. M., Walton, M. A. (In press). Prevention of Sexual Violence Among College Students: Current Challenges and Future Directions. Journal of American College Health.
  • McCauley, H. L., PettyJohn, M. E. (In press). Redefining “Family”: Lessons from Multidisciplinary Research with Marginalized Populations. In KS Wampler, R Miller & RB Seedall (Eds). The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy: The Profession of Systemic Family Therapy (Vol 1). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Miller, E., Jones, K. A., McCauley, H. L., Rofey, D. L., Clark, D. B., Talis, J., Anderson, J., Chugani, C., Coulter, R., Abebe, K. Z. (2020). Cluster-Randomized Trial of a College Health Center Sexual Violence Intervention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.02.007
  • McCauley, H. L., Jones, K. A., Rofey, D. L., Reid, T. A., Miller, E., Coulter, R. W. S. (2020). Sexual Assault, Alcohol Use, and Gender of Sexual Partners among Cisgender Women Seeking Care at US College Health Centers, 2015-2018. American Journal of Public Health. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305586
  • McCauley, H. L., Richie, F., Hughes, S., Johnson, J. E., Zlotnik, C., Rosen, R. K., Wechsberg, W. M., Kuo, C. C. (2020). Trauma, Power, and Intimate Relationships Among Women in Prison. Violence Against Women, 26(6-7), 659-674. doi:10.1177/1077801219842948
  • Coker, A. L., Bush, H. M., Clear, E. R., Brancato, C. J., McCauley, H. L. (2020). Bystander Program Effectiveness to Reduce Violence and Violence Acceptance within Sexual Minority Male and Female High School Students Using a Cluster RCT. Prevention Science, 21, 434-444. doi: 10.1007/s11121-019-01073-7
  • Bogen, K. W., Brush, L. D., Ciaravino, S., Jaime, M. C. D., McCauley, H. L., Miller, E. (2020). Realist Review: Promoting Diverse Stakeholder Engagement. In A Murrell, J Petrie, & A Soudi (Eds.): Diversity Across Disciplines: Research on People, Policy, Process, and Paradigm (pp 19-34). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing
  • Felton, J., Strutz, K., McCauley, H. L., Poland, C., Barnhart, K., Lejuez, C. W. (2019). Delay Discounting Interacts with Distress Tolerance to Predict Depression and Alcohol Use Disorders among Individuals Receiving In-Patient Substance Use Services. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1007/s11469-019-00163-5
  • McCauley, H. L., Campbell, R., Buchanan, N. T., Moylan, C. A. (2019). Advancing Theory, Methods, and Dissemination in Sexual Violence Research to Build a More Equitable Future: An Intersectional, Community-Engaged Approach. Violence Against Women, 25(16), 1906-1931. doi: 10.1177/1077801219875823
  • PettyJohn, M. E., Muzzey, F. K., Maas, M. K., McCauley, H. L. (2019). #HowIWillChange: Engaging Men and Boys in the #MeToo Movement. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 20(4), 612-622. doi: 10.1037/men0000186
  • Hill, A. L., Jones, K. A., McCauley, H. L., Tancredi, D. J., Silverman, J. G., Miller, E. (2019). Reproductive Coercion and Relationship Abuse Among Adolescents and Young Women Seeking Care at School Health Centers. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 134(2), 351-359. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003374
  • Sankar, S., McCauley, H. L., Johnson, D. J., Thelamour, B. (2019). Gender & Sexual Prejudice and Subsequent Development of Dating Violence: Intersectionality among Youth.  In HE Fitzgerald, DJ Johnson, DB Qin, F Villarruel, & J Norton (Eds). Handbook on Children and Prejudice: Integrating research, practice and policy (pp. 289-302). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Miller E, Bogen KW, McCauley HL. (2019). Providing Trauma-Informed Medically Based Healthcare for Survivors of Sex Trafficking. In M Burke (Ed.): Working with the Human Trafficking Survivor: What Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers and Medical Professionals Need to Know. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor Frances.
  • McCauley, H. L., Bonomi, A. E., Maas, M. K., Bogen, K. W., O’Malley, T. (2018). #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou: Social Media Underscore the Realities of Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Women’s Health27(7), 885-891. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6560
  • McCauley, H. L., Bogen, K. W., Coulter, R. W. S., Rothman, E. F. (2018). Sexual Assault Risk and Prevention Among Sexual and Gender Minority Populations. In L Orchowski and C Gidycz (Eds.): Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance: Theory, Research and Practice (pp. 333-352). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. 
  • Holliday, C. N., Miller, E., Decker, M. R., Burke, J. G., Documet, P., Borrero, S. B., Silverman, J. G., Tancredi, D. J., Ricci, E., McCauley, H. L. (2018). Racial Differences in Pregnancy Intention, Reproductive Coercion, and Partner Violence among Family Planning Clients: A Qualitative Exploration. Women’s Health Issues, 28(3), 205-211. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2018.02.003
  • Miller, E., Jones, K. A., McCauley, H. L. (2018). Updates on Adolescent Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention. Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 30(4), 466-71. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000637
  •  Maas, M. K., McCauley, H. L., Bonomi, A. E., Leija, G. (2018). “I was grabbed by my pussy and its #NotOkay”: A Twitter Backlash Against Donald Trump’s Degrading Commentary. Violence Against Women, 24(14), 1739-1750. doi: 10.1177/1077801217743340
  •  Jaime, M. C. D., McCauley, H. L., Tancredi, D. J., Decker, M. R., Silverman, J. G., O’Connor, B., Miller, E. (2018). Implementing an Athletic Coach-Delivered Bystander Intervention Program to Reduce Violence Against Women: Coach and High School Athlete Perspectives. Prevention Science, 19(8), 1113-1122. doi: 10.1007/s11121-018-0909-2
  •  Moore, K., Gobin, R., McCauley, H. L., Kao, C., Anthony, S., Kubiak, S., Zlotnick, C., Johnson, J. E. (2018). The Relation of Borderline Personality Disorder to Aggression, Victimization, and Institutional Misconduct among Prisoners. Comprehensive Psychiatry , 84, 15-21. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2018.03.007
  •  Kennedy, A. C., Bybee, D., McCauley, H. L., Prock, K. A. (2018). Young Women’s Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Patterns across Multiple Relationships. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 42(4), 430-444. doi: 10.1177/0361684318795880
  •  Montano, G. T., Marshal, M. P., McCauley, H. L., Miller, E., Hipwell, A. E. (2018). Group-Based Trajectories of Parent-child Communication and Parental Knowledge between Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Girls and their Associations with Substance Use. Journal of Adolescence, 69, 150-162. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.09.009
  •  Kennedy, A. C., Bybee, D., Moylan, C., McCauley, H. L., Prock, K. A. (2018). Predictors of sexual violence across young women’s relationship histories. Journal of Interpersonal Violence , Advance Online Publication. doi.org/10.1177/0886260518811439
  •  Abebe, K. Z., Jones, K. A., Rofey, D. L., McCauley, H. L., Clark, D., Dick, R. N. … Miller, E. (2018). A Cluster-Randomized Trial of a College Health Center-based Alcohol and Sexual Violence Intervention (GIFTSS): Design, Rationale, and Baseline Results. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 65, 130-143. doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2017.12.008
  •  Rofey, D. L., El Nokali, N., Foster, L. J., Seiler, E., McCauley, H. L., Miller, E. (2018). Weight loss trajectories and adverse childhood experience among obese adolescents with polycystic ovary syndrome. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 31(4), 372-375. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2018.03.001


  • University Trustee, St. Lawrence University
  • Associate Editor, Psychology of Violence
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Family Violence
  • Affiliated Faculty, MSU Center for Gender in Global Context
  • Faculty, MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence