Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN is the sixth dean of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Under her leadership, the School of Nursing has grown its reputation as a nationally- recognized center of academic and scientific excellence, innovation, and achievement. The school’s ranking in port’s “Best Graduate Schools” guide has steadily risen from its No. 26 ranking in 2011 to its current position as the No. 3 ranking nursing school. 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. Most recently her work focuses on climate change and health risks associated with rising temperatures. In 2016, she secured a $5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the U.S. Environmental to create the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Emory University. The center, the first of its kind in the Southeast and the first to be led by a nurse, brings together the expertise of the four Emory University units and aims to explore how environmental exposures prior to conception, during prenatal development, and postnatally may affect infant health and development.