Heather Walter-McCabe, MSW

Adjunct Professor

Area of responsibility: IUPUI


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Professor Walter-McCabe is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. She has a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Social Work and Law at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and also serves as adjunct professor at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She holds a BA in Psychology and English from Indiana University – Bloomington, an MSW from Indiana University School of Social Work, and a JD from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Area of Interest:

Professor Walter-McCabe’s research is done at the intersection of law, social work, and public health. Her research translates complex legal issues and research findings across multiple professions to make the information accessible for use by practitioners and advocates in improving population health. Most recently she is leading research examining law and policy impacting LGBTQ health disparities and well being. She has published in traditional peer-reviewed academic journals and law reviews and has also been sought by media to explain core issues of public health policy. Professor Walter-McCabe serves on the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association.

Teaching Interest:

Macro Social Work, Executive Leadership, Health Policy, Public Health Law

Practice Experience:

Social Worker at Riley Hospital for Children

Publications / Presentations:


McCabe, H.A. (accepted)Interprofessional Collaboration in Public Health Law and Policy. Saint Louis University Journal of Health, Law, and Policy.

McCabe, H.A. (in press) Health Inequities in the LGBTQ Population. Creighton Law Review.

McCabe, H.A., Kinney, M.K., Quiring, S.Q., & Jerolimov, D. (2017). Expanding the Base: A Case for Increased Interprofessional Collaboration in Public Health Law and Policy. Indiana Health Law Review 14(1): 97- 111.

*McCabe, H.A. (2016). Seminar in Public Health Law and Policy in an Interprofessional Setting: Preparing Practitioners for Collaborative Practice at the Macro Level.  Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.


Holley, L., Charles, J., Kondrat, D. C., McCabe, H. A. (under review) Supports and Gatekeeping: Experiences of Administrators of Schools of Social Work with Students with Mental Health Conditions. Journal of Social Work Education.

Larimer, S., Sullivan, W. P., Wahler, E. A., & McCabe, H. A. (2018).  No more silos: Animating integrated care practice in the classroom.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

McCabe, H. A., Hylton, M. E., Kooreman, H. E., Mellinger, M. S., & Day, A. (2016). Civic Literacy and Social Work Education: Results From a Multi-Site Study. Journal of Policy Practice, 1-14.

  1. McCabe, H. A., & Wahler, E. A. (2016). The Affordable Care Act, Substance Use Disorders, and Low-Income Clients: Implications for Social Work. Social Work, sww030.

*Sullivan, W.P. & McCabe, H.A. (2015). Case management in substance use services in the age of the affordable care act. Journal of social work practice in the addictions. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2015.1027447

*McCabe, H. A., & Sullivan, W. P. (2015). Social Work Expertise: An Overlooked Opportunity for Cutting-Edge System Design under the Patient Care and Affordable Care Act. Health & Social Work, hlv005. http://doi.org/10.1093/hsw/hlv005

Romito, L., Jackson, R., Maxwell, L., Clark, C., Hendricks, S., Townsend, B., Mueller, M., Poore, JA, McCabe, HA & Kelton, G. (2015). Developing Team Communication Skills in a Fast-Paced Interprofessional Learning Activity. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 1 (2), 68-69.

*McCabe, H.A. & Kennedy, S.S. (2014). Civic Identity, Civic Deficit: The Unanswered Questions. Journal of Civic Literacy(1): 1-7.

*Neely-Barnes, S.L., McCabe, H.A., & Barnes, C.P. (2014). Seven Rules to Live By: Accommodations in Social Work Education and Field. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation. Doi: 10.1080/1536710X.2014.961113

*McCabe, H.A. (2014). The Final Rule on Essential Health Benefits: Another Opportunity for Social Work Advocacy in Health Reform, Health and Social Work. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlu013

*Wright, E.R., McCabe, H.A., & Kooreman, H.E. (2012). Institutional Capacity to Respond to the Ethical Challenges of Patient Sexual Expression in State Psychiatric Hospitals in the United States,  Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 7:1.

*McCabe, H.A. & Kinney, E.D. (2010). Editorial: Medical Legal Partnerships: A Key Strategy for Addressing Social Determinants of Health, 25 Supplement 2 Journal of General Internal Medicine 200.

Kinney, E.D., McCabe, H.A., Gilbert, A. & Shishler, J. (2009). Altered Standards of Care for Health Care Providers in the Pandemic Influenza, 6 Indiana Health Law Review 1.

Shen X., Hackworth J., McCabe H., Lovett L., Aumage J., O’Neil J., Bull M. (2006). Characteristics of Suicide from 1998-2001 in a Metropolitan Area. Death Studies: 30: 859–871.

Browne, T., Blake, B., & McCabe, H.A. (2018). Healthcare. In Iachini, A., Bronstein, L., & Mellin, E. (Eds.) A Guide for Interprofessional Collaboration. Council on Social Work Education Press.

*McCabe, H.A. (2013). Campus Health Issues. In C. Baker & P. Salkin (Eds.) Town and Gown: Effective Legal Strategies Promoting Cooperation between Institutions of Higher Education and Their Host Municipalities. American Bar Association Press.

*Kinney, E.D., McCabe, H.A. & Hall, R. (2010). Hays v. Sebelius. In J. Reiss (Ed.) Top 20 Food and Drug Cases, 2009 & Cases to Watch. Food and Drug Law Institute.

McCabe, H.A. & Kinney, E.D. (2009). Health Care Funding. In Shweder, Bidell, Dailey, Dixon, Miller & Modell (Eds.) The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. University of Chicago Press.


McCabe, H.A. & Healy Boufides, C. (2019). Legal Considerations for Community Health Workers and their
Employers, Issue Brief, Network for Public Health Law.

*McCabe, H.A. (2011). Perspectives on disability. In C. Jumpper-Black & K. Khaja (Eds.), Seeing Different
Views of the Elephant: Exercises in Appreciating Diversity (pp. 7). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

McCabe H.A., Steele G., Kinney E., Weathers T., et al. (2009). Public Health Programs Key to Healthy Population, Lower Health Care Costs, Issue Brief, Center for Health Policy, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Foddrill M. and McCabe H.A. (2009). New ADA Amendment Benefits People with Disabilities and Businesses, Issue Brief, Center for Health Policy, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Indiana University Healthcare Reform Faculty Study Group, Final Report (Center for Health Policy, Indiana University School for Public and Environmental Affairs, 2008), Contributor.

National Work Group Member, Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) Report, At-Risk Populations and Pandemic Influenza: Planning Guidance for State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Health Departments, June 2008.

Firearm Injuries in Indiana: Characteristics of Firearm Injury for Year 2005 in Marion County, Indiana Partnership to Prevent Violent Injury and Death 2006 Data Report.

Kinney, E.D. & McCabe, H.A. (2005). Public Health Law in Indiana: An Assessment. Report submitted to Indiana State Department of Health.

Firearm Injuries in Indiana: Characteristics of Firearm Injury for Year 2004 in Marion County, IPPVID 2005 Data Report.

McCabe H.A. & Fox K. (2004). Improvements in State Foster Care System Would Aide Children with Special Needs, ,
Issue Brief, Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs. (Cited on the American Academy of Pediatrics National Center of Medical Homes Init2iatives website.)