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McCauley, Heather L., Sc.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work


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Dr. Heather McCauley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. A scholar trained in global health and social epidemiology at Harvard University, Dr. McCauley’s research portfolio spans sexual violence, intimate partner violence, reproductive coercion, and sex trafficking, with emphasis on populations experiencing marginalization (e.g. sexual and gender minorities). Her current and emerging projects focus on shaping gender attitudes among youth, the intersection of sexual violence and sport, and shifting institutional climate to reduce sexual violence and harassment. She has authored or co-authored 80 journal articles and book chapters on these topics in outlets spanning a variety of health and social science disciplines. In Michigan, she serves as Research Director for the Public Will Campaign to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, which is a collaboration between the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center and Michigan State University. Nationally, she is Associate Editor of the multidisciplinary research journal Psychology of Violence and serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Family Violence. Dr. McCauley is a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Justice and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. McCauley is a Trustee on the Board of Trustees at St. Lawrence University, where she serves as Chair of Academic Affairs.

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MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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