Marjorie C. McCullagh

Dr. Marjorie C. McCullagh, Associate Professor

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

Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 3182 400NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 763-3450
Fax: (734) 647-0351

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Prevalence and risk factors for hearing loss in farming and construction
  • Hearing protector use among farm operators and construction laborers
  • Understanding adoption of self-protective behavior among farm operators and construction workers
  • Application of the Pender Health Promotion Model
Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus are prevalent in America, and results in heavy social and economic burdens on families and communities. Farmers are a group that is particularly high risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
Dr. Marjorie McCullagh’s program of research focuses on prevention of noise-induced hearing loss among farm operators and farm and rural youth, particularly through use of hearing protection devices.  Dr. McCullagh has developed instruments to measure attitudes and beliefs related to use of hearing protection, and has developed a model that has been useful in describing factors influencing hearing protector use among farmers.  She has also described farmers’ personal experiences in successfully becoming hearing protection users and influencing others' use of hearing protection.  In a recent pilot experimental study, she examined farmers’ experiences with using a provided supply of hearing protectors, and with overcoming barriers to the use of hearing protectors.  
She is currently conducting two randomized clinical trials, comparing the effectiveness of several approaches to influencing hearing protector use.  Increased use of hearing protectors is expected to reduce rates of noise-induced hearing loss and other negative effects of high noise exposure, and improve quality of life in this high-risk and underserved worker group.
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
  • Test of a Web-based Intervention to Promote Hearing Protector Use, NIH/NIDCD RO1, PI
  • Test of hearing health education programs for farm and rural youth, NIH/NIDCD R01, PI
  • Noise hazards among migrant and seasonal farmworkers, North Dakota Farm Bureau, PI
  • Antineoplastic Drug Exposure of Health Care Workers in an Ambulatory Oncology Setting, University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health, Safety, and Engineering Pilot Research Program, Co-I


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 public health nursing (e.g., population-focused assessment), core graduate nursing curriculum (e.g., nursing theory in advanced practice), 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

  • 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)
  • Michigan Association of Occupational Health Nurses Medique Unique Leadership Award for initiative, motivation, productivity, creativity, and commitment (2011)
  • North Dakota State University Impact Award (awarded as member of NDSU FORWARD, recognizing those who have demonstrated a significant contribution to advancing diversity; 2008)


  • 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

  • Duffy, S.A., McCullagh, M.C., & Lee, C. (2015) Future of advanced practice public health nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education. Manuscript in press.
  • Kerdmuang, S,. Kalampakorn, S.,Lagampan,S., Jirapongsuwan, A., & McCullagh, M.C. (2014). Development and psychometric properties of the occupational health service competency scale of Thai primary care unit nurses. Pacific Rim Int J Nurs Res, 18(3), 187-202.
  • Sanon, M.A., Spigner, C., & McCullagh, M.C. (2014 Published Online, Ahead of Print). Transnationalism and disease self-management. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/1043659614543476
  • McCullagh, M.C., Sanon, M.A., Cohen, M. A. (2013). Recruitment and retention strategies in a randomized clinical trial with farmers. Applied Nursing Research.
  • Friese, C.R. McArdle, C. Zhau, T., Sun, D.,Spasojevic, I., Polovich, M., & McCullagh, M.C. (2013). Antineoplastic drug exposure in an ambulatory oncology setting. Cancer Nursing doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000143
  • McCullagh, M.C., Sanon, M.A. & Foley, J. (2014). Cultural health practices of migrant seasonal farmworkers in Michigan. Journal of Cultural Diversity.
  • Sanon, M.A., Mohammed, S., & McCullagh, M.C. (2014) Definition and management of hypertension among Haitian immigrants: A qualitative study. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Manuscript in press.
  • Lin, Y.P., Kao, T.S., McCullagh, M.C., Edington, D.W., Larson, J.L. (2012) Work environment and psychosocial factors affecting physical activity among Taiwanese information technology professionals: a structural equation modeling approach. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54(9):1092-100. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318266482d. PMID:229 29795
  • McCullagh, M. C. (2012) Validation of a questionnaire to identify hearing loss. Noise and Health, 14 (56), 32-8, doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.93331.
  • McCullagh, M. C. (2012). Occupational health nursing education for the 21st century. Workforce Safety and Health, 60(4), 167-76, doi:10.3928/21650799-2012.
  • Lin, Y.P., Larson, J., Kao, A., & McCullagh, M.C., (2012) Translation and psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the perceived workplace environment scale in Taiwanese information technology professionals. Journal of Occupational Health;54(3):223-31.
  • Lin, Y.P., Larson, J., Kao, A., & McCullagh, M.C. (2013) An integrative review: Work environment factors associated with physical activity among white collar workers. Western Journal of Nursing Research [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 24065693
  • McCullagh, M.C. & Frank, K. (2012). Addressing adult hearing loss in primary care. Manuscript in press, Journal of Advanced Nursing.
  • McCullagh, M. C., Ortner, P. & Shim, S. (2011). Drug disposal methods of hospice home care nurses in Michigan. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 43(2), 287-291. Doi: doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.03.024.
  • Friese, C. R., Ferris, L. H., Frasier, M. N. & McCullagh, M.C. (2011). Structures and processes of care in ambulatory oncology settings and nurse-reported chemotherapy exposure. BMJ Quality and Safety, doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2011-000178.