Our Leadership

Dean McCauley

Advancing the Nursing School

Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN
Dean and Professor

Linda A. McCauley began her appointment as Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in 2009. Since then, she has launched a comprehensive strategic plan to position NHWSN at the forefront of nursing research and policy. Under her leadership, the school has risen from its No. 26 ranking in 2011 to its current position as No. 4 in US News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Nursing Schools” guide.

Dean McCauley is a thought leader at the intersection of environmental science and nursing. Her research—which analyzes the health effects of environmental factors like climate change—draws together several disciplines and utilizes innovative methodologies. In 2015, she secured the largest NIH research grant in the school’s history—$5 million to develop The Children’s Environmental Health Center at Emory.

As an advocate for worker’s rights, occupational health, and environmental protections, Dean McCauley is often called upon for consultations and Capitol Hill testimony. In 2016, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Hall of Fame. She is also an active elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and holds a seat on the Environmental Health Roundtable. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Occupational Health Nurses. She is a sought-after expert with features across nationally syndicated outlets such as Time, NPR, The Weather Channel, Huffington Post, and Business Week.

Carolyn ClevengerCarolyn Clevenger, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships

Carolyn Clevenger holds a number of leadership positions in nursing education and practice at the School of Nursing and its clinical affiliate, the Atlanta VA Medical Center. In addition to her role as associate dean, she is the director of the Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship program and the nurse faculty lead on interprofessional education collaboratives such as the Interprofessional Team Training Day(s) and Emory Senior Mentor program. At the Atlanta VA Medical Center, she is the senior nurse scholar of the Atlanta VA Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship program. She is president-elect of the Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) and a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Clevenger’s commitment to nursing education, practice, and scholarship has garnered national acclaim. In 2013, she was named a Health Care Hero by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association honored her with its Excellence in Education Award in 2010. Clevenger is a recognized as an expert in gerontology and healthy aging. She has served as a clinical expert for media outlets including Fox News, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from West Virginia University, a master of science in nursing (Gerontology NP) and post-master’s certificate (education) from Emory University, and a doctor of nursing practice from Medical College of Georgia. Clevenger completed a special fellowship in advanced geriatrics at the Birmingham/Atlanta VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC).

Drenna Waldrop-ValverdeDrenna Waldrop-Valverde, PhD
Interim Associate Dean for Research

Drenna Waldrop-Valverde, PhD, has led educational and research goals of the school of nursing in her roles as Assistant Dean for Research, Director of the PhD program in nursing, and now as the Interim Associate Dean for Research. She is a tenured Professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN), and is jointly appointed in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. In addition to her administrative roles, she has been a leader in understanding the essential role that cognitive impairment and health literacy plays in the self-management of HIV/AIDS patients. Waldrop-Valverde’s primary research and scholarly interest is in treatment adherence, cognitive & affective symptoms, and health literacy among persons living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions. Waldrop-Valverde also directed the Center for Neurocognitive Studies (CNS) in the NHWSN, a Center of Excellence in Symptom Science funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, whose goal is the advancement of interdisciplinary scientific study of cognitive and affective symptoms of chronic illness. Her international work includes collaborative studies in northern and southern India to evaluate the effects of Clade C HIV virus and in Argentina to facilitate health literate and patient-centered care encounters.

GinaGina Critchet MBA, CRA
Associate Dean for Finance and Strategic Analyst

Gina Critchet is the Associate Dean for Finance and Strategic Analyst for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. In this role, she provides overall financial and strategic direction for the total budgetary and fiscal affairs of the school inclusive of planning, monitoring, and controlling the overall financial plans and policies.

Gina earned a master’s degree in business administration from Wagner College and a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Florida. She attained accreditation as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council in 2011. She has worked for Emory University since 2012.

Amy DorrillAmy Dorrill, MBA, FAHP, CFRE
Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations

Amy Dorrill brings a level of experience and commitment in the areas of capital campaigns, annual and major gift fund-raising, and alumni affairs. Dorrill comes to us from the University Health Care System Foundation in Augusta, Georgia, where she was the Chief Development Officer for a 580+ bed Magnet Hospital. She is an experienced Health Educator and award-winning volunteer who has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business Executive program. She is a certified fund-raising executive and a certified grants specialist. In 2005, she was named as one of Georgia Trend’s Forty under Forty leaders in the state and Outstanding Young Alumnus at Augusta State University.

Sandra DunbarSandra Dunbar, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advancement

Sandra Dunbar has been a member of the faculty in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing since 1988. She is a cardiovascular nurse researcher and educator whose program of research focuses on psychosocial responses to serious cardiac illness, such as heart failure and ventricular arrhythmia and treatment with implantable technology.
Dunbar is an active volunteer and chair of the American Heart Association's Council of Cardiovascular Nursing, was formerly president of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and chair of the Nursing Committee of the Heart Failure Society of America. She is a member of the editorial board of several major nursing journals including Heart and Lung, and Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurses and the American Heart Association, and she has received the prestigious Katherine A. Lembright award from the American Heart Association for her contributions to cardiovascular nursing research. She received the 2003 Georgia Nurse Researcher Award, and was named the 2005 Distinguished Research Lecturer by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and recently named as one of the top ten cardiovascular nursing scientists of the American Heart Association, and received the One in One Hundred Mentor awards from the Emory School of Medicine postdoctoral training office. Dunbar was named the 2010 Distinguished Nurse Researcher by the Southern Nurses Research Society.

Jasmine HoffmanJasmine Hoffman, MBA, APR
Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer 

Jasmine Hoffman is the Associate Dean for Enrollment and Communications for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. In this role, she is responsible for admissions, financial aid, student affairs, career services, marketing and communications.

She is an award-winning professional and has received numerous honors from the Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Business Communicators, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In 2010, she earned Emory University’s Award of Distinction—the highest honor for staff who have demonstrated professional excellence and service.

Hoffman earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Alabama. She attained Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America in 2010.

Kristy MartynKristy Kiel Martyn, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean for Education

Kristy Kiel Martyn is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013 and a board member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) board (2013–2015) and Qualitative Health Research, Global Qualitative Nursing Research, and Journal of School of Nursing; and she is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Research Committee. Martyn and coauthors recently received writing awards: the 2014 Journal of Pediatric Health Care (JPHC) Leah Harrison Excellence in Clinical Writing Award for the article, “The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Workforce: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Children” and the 2013 Journal of School Nursing (JOSN)/Sage Scholarly Writing Award for the article, “Improving Sexual Risk Communication with Adolescents Using Event History Calendars.” Martyn has a longstanding commitment to improving the health of adolescents through person-centered assessment and communication research. At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor she developed a strategy for using the Event History Calendar (EHC) as a clinical history tool that is person-centered and could be adopted in a variety of clinical settings. She is the first researcher to adapt and apply the EHC to clinical settings, particularly with adolescents. Her NIH-funded research using EHCs revealed that the use of the EHC results in better adolescent-provider communication, with greater detail, better recall, and more accurate self-report. Both adolescents and providers have embraced the EHC because it improves communication; in addition, the process of completing the EHC, and reviewing it, has increased adolescents’ awareness of their risk behaviors. The findings from her research are remarkable in showing that EHC is notably effective and feasible. The use of EHCs is making a real difference in improving the quality of clinical communication with adolescents, a group that is often difficult to engage. As a leader in the use of EHC, Martyn has worked with more than forty researchers and health providers in more than thirty universities and clinical settings around the world to mentor the adaptation of EHCs in research and practice. Martyn received a PhD in nursing science at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida in 1998.