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Chief Consultant, Occupational Health

Kathleen M. McPhaul, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.


Dr. Kathleen McPhaul

Dr. Kathleen (Kate) McPhaul is the Chief Consultant of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Public Health, Occupational Health group. She joined the VA as the Deputy Chief Consultant of the Occupational Health group in 2012.

She is a widely published researcher, educator and occupational health consultant specializing in the healthcare work environment. She completed a B.S. in nursing at University of Virginia, an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a Ph.D at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Prior to coming to VA, she spent over twenty years at the University of Maryland where she directed clinical research protocols in the Occupational Medicine program, coordinated clinical occupational health activities and consulted to state and local public health agencies. She joined the faculty of the School of Nursing in 2004 when she completed her Ph.D. and participated in a ten year workplace violence prevention program of research. Lastly, she directed the Community/Public Health Nursing program from 2010-2012.

Dr. McPhaul managed the depleted uranium surveillance program at the Baltimore VA Medical Center from 1994-1996 where she stood up the joint Department of Defense/VA surveillance program. Her formal research interests have included depleted uranium in Persian Gulf Veterans, occupational lead exposure in construction, workplace violence prevention in mental health and addictions settings, bloodborne pathogen interventions in home health care, coworker conflict in public employees and occupational health, and safety and health needs of the aging healthcare workforce. Dr. McPhaul' s expertise also includes development of joint labor management safety interventions, developing training programs and building capacity within systems for health and safety programs.

She has authored many publications and is widely viewed as an expert in occupational health in the health care work environment.