Marjorie C. McCullagh, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN

Professor Emerita
Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 3180 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-3450
Fax: (734) 647-0351
Marjorie McCullagh is not accepting new PhD students.


  • Community/public/population health
  • Health behavior
  • Worker health and safety
  • Intervention effectiveness & translational research
  • Randomly-controlled trials

The aim of Dr. Marjorie McCullagh’s program of research is to promote the health of agricultural and other workers through healthy environments, behaviors, and policies. This work is primarily focused on toxic noise exposure and its multiple negative health effects among farm operators and farm and rural youth. Watch a University of Michigan video about Dr. McCullagh's work. 

She has worked to understand how farmers and workers get information about their health and safety and developed and validated instruments to measure hearing protector use and related attitudes. Much of her work has addressed testing the effectiveness of novel interventions to improve health behavior. In doing so, she has developed successful strategies for high subject enrollment and retention, and established strong interdisciplinary partnership in efforts to address important health issues. These include work with such fields as sociology, health communications and behavior, audiology, agronomy, web design, social work, demography, and applied statistics. Her work is published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals in nursing and other disciplines. She has presented her work nationally and internationally.

Dr. McCullagh also serves a director of The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE), which is a NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC)

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • University of Michigan Education and Research Center, NIOSH T42, Director
  • Feasibility and Acceptability of Motivational Interviewing to Reduce the Negative Health Effects of Noise Exposure among Agricultural Producers


Dr. McCullagh is experienced in teaching nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in both didactic and clinical settings. Her methods accommodate learners from a wide range of learning styles, and include a high level of student-teacher interaction. Dr. McCullagh employs a variety of teaching-learning methods, including case study analyses, videos, gaming, and web-based technologies in both face-to-face and distance learning formats. Course teaching focuses on population-focused nursing (e.g., Evaluation in Health Systems), core graduate nursing curriculum (e.g., Leadership Immersion), and specialty-focused (e.g., Issues in Occupational Health Nursing). 

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 1996-present (Health-Seeking Behavior Research Section, Co-Chair, 1999-2000; Chair, 2000-2001; Membership Committee member, 2001-2010; Membership committee chair, 2003-05, 2005-07, 2007-present; Pre-conference Planning Committee Member, 2002-2003; Scientific Session Moderator, 2000, 2002; Scientific Program Reviewer, 2010-present
  • Member, University of Michigan Health System Nursing Health and Safety Council, 2008-present
  • Member, North Dakota Department of Health Public Health Emergency Reserve/Medical Reserve Corps, 2004-present
  • Member, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, 1997-present
  • Member, American Public Health Association, 1997-present
  • Staff, American National Red Cross, Disaster Health Services, 1978-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Researcher Hall of Fame (2022)
  • American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2018)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2015)
  • Fellow, American Association of Occupational Health Nursing (2014)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Rho Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Research Award (2014)


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999
  • MS, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1986
  • BS, State University of New York, Albany, NY, 1977

Publication Highlights

  • McCullagh, M.C.; Cohen, M.A.; Haberkorn, E.; & Wood, M. (2020). Evaluating the implementation fidelity of a community-based intervention to promote hearing conservation among farm and rural youth. Translational and Behavioral Medicine, 10(3), 734–740.

  • McCullagh, M.C., Yang, J.J. & Cohen, M.A. (2020). Community-based program to increase use of hearing conservation practices among farm and rural youth: A cluster randomized trial of effectiveness. BMC Public Health 20, 847.

  • McCullagh, M.C.; Mecomber, J.; McBride, K.M.; Hubscher, J.J.; Kingsinger, O.G.; Park, S.; Souksay, K.J.; Velasquez, C.M.; Yake, L.M. (2020).  Development and testing of a practicum matching program for baccalaureate nursing education and a local public health unit. Public Health Nursing, (37) 812–817. DOI: 10.1111/phn.12767.

  • Friese, C.; Mendelsohn-Victor, K.; Fauer, A.; McCullagh, M.C.; Wong, M. (2020). Oncology Nurses’ Exposure to Hazardous Drugs in Ambulatory Settings: Case Report Analysis from a Prospective, Multi-Site Study. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 24(3):249-255. DOI: 10.1188/20.cjon.249-255 PMID: 32441682.

  • Lusk, S.L. & McCullagh, M.C. (2020). Environmental noise impacts health and well-being. In Leffers, J.; Smith, C.M.; Huffling, K.; McDermott-Levy, R.; & Sattler, B. (Eds.). Environmental Health in Nursing [e-textbook,]. Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments: Mt. Ranier, MD.

  • Ullman, E.D.; Smith, L.M.; McCullagh, M.C.; Neitzel, R.L. (2021). Hearing loss as a predictor for hearing protection attenuation among miners. Occup Environ Med. doi:10.1136/ oemed-2020-106838

  • Rosemberg, M.A.; Yang, L.; Seng, J.; McConnell, D.; McCullagh, M.C. (2021). Stressors, allostatic load, and health outcomes among women hotel housekeepers: A pilot study. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene.

  • Aebersold, M.; McCullagh, M.; Titler, M.; Jiang, X.; Zhang, X.; Tschannen, D.; Friese, C. (2019). Center for improving patient and population health: Using ‘why’ to develop a transformative research center. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.

  • Lusk, S.L.; McCullagh, M.C; Dickson, V.V.; Xu, J. (2017). Reduce noise: Improve the nation’s health. Nursing Outlook (65)5, 652–656.

  • McCullagh, M.C.; Cohen, M.A.; Haberkorn, E.; & Wood, M. (2019). Evaluating the implementation fidelity of a community-based intervention to promote hearing conservation among farm and rural youth. Translational and Behavioral Medicine, ibz037,