Dr. McCay has worked with public health initiatives that focus on the diverse issues affecting women, children, and families-- including chronic diseases in children, affordable healthcare for working families, smoking prevention for peripartum women, perinatal mental health issues, and children's mental health care. Addressing maternal and child health and public health issues globally is a continuing interest, and she recently completed work in Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Angola, and Uganda. Dr. McCay teaches several core and elective courses in the department, with a particular interest in maternal and child health, public health practice, and global health. Dr. McCay is the Lead Coach for the Department of Health Sciences Public Health Scholar Bowl Team.
Dr. McCay earned the Master of Public Health degree (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health and the Doctor of Public Health in Leadership degree (DrPH) with a focus on Maternal and Child Health Leadership and Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.