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Linda L. McCreary, PhD, RN, FAAN

Clinical Associate Professor Emerita

Department of Population Health Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Linda McCreary is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She teaches global health leadership at both undergraduate and graduate levels and serves as research mentor to numerous PhD students and international post-doctoral visiting scholars.

Dr. McCreary has been a co-investigator on three previous NIH-funded studies testing a peer-group HIV prevention intervention for health workers, community adults and youth, and family caregivers of those living with HIV in rural Malawi. She is currently a co-investigator on a NIH-funded study to test a Community Implementation Model to strengthen community capacity to roll out and sustain an HIV prevention program in Malawi. She is also co-investigator on a NIH-funded study to assess several pregnancy and birth outcomes, as well as HIV-related outcomes, of implementing group ante-natal care with women in Malawi. With colleagues in India, she has been engaged in collaborative research into HIV-related stigma from the perspectives of nursing students, other healthcare workers and community adults. She has been part of the HRH Rwanda program since 2012, 9 years ago, and is now proud to be the UIC lead on this project.

Selected Grants

Ministry of Health of Rwanda, Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program, Principal Investigator

NIH National Institute of Nursing Research, A Community-Based Implementation Model for HIV Prevention and Testing in Malawi, Co-Investigator

NIH National Institute of Nursing Research, Group Antenatal Care: Effectiveness for Maternal/Infant and HIV Prevention Outcomes and Contextual Factors Linked to Implementation Success in Malawi, Co-Investigator

Notable Honors

2017, HIV/AIDS Educator Award, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)

2014, Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2012, Beverly J. McElmurry Award for Contributions to International Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Lambda Chapter


2001-2004 Postdoctoral Trainee in Primary Health Care Nursing Research, University of Illinois at Chicago
2000 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Nursing Science University of Illinois at Chicago
1993 MS, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing University of Illinois at Chicago
1973 BSN, Nursing Science University of Illinois at Chicago

Licensures and Certifications

1973-present Illinois Registered Professional Nurse License (active)

Professional Memberships

2014-present American Academy of Nursing
2014-present American Nurses Association
2014-present Council for the Advancement of Nursing
2003-present Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
1994-present Midwest Nursing Research Society
1973-present Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Lambda Chapter (Chapter President 2005-2007)