Heather Walter-McCabe

Heather Walter-McCabe

Associate Professor of Law and Social Work

Heather Walter-McCabe

  • Biography

    Professor Heather Walter-McCabe holds a joint appointment at Wayne State University Law School and Wayne State University School of Social Work.

    Walter-McCabe began her career as a social worker at a high acuity pediatric tertiary care hospital in the Midwest working with families whose children had significant medical needs. After law school, she directed a public health research program examining the impact of firearm violence in Indiana. She later served as the executive director of the William H. and Christine H. Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before joining the faculty at the Indiana University School of Social Work.

    Her 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. As a part of this work, Walter-McCabe was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Law Teaching Fellow from 2014-16.

    Most recently she is leading research examining law and policy impacting LGBTQ health equity 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. Walter-McCabe serves on the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the Board of Directors for the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work Policy and is a contributing editor to the journal Social Work.

    Visit Walter-McCabe's ORCID page.

  • Degrees and Certifications

    B.A., Indiana University - Bloomington
    M.S.W., Indiana University School of Social Work
    J.D., Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis

  • Courses Taught

    Public Health Law
    Health Law
    Sexuality and the Law
    LGBTQ Antidiscrimination Law

  • Selected Publications


    The Challenges of Conducting Intrastate Policy Surveillance: A Methods Note on County and City Laws in Indiana, Am. J. Pub. Health (2021) (with Lindsey Sanner, Sean Grant, Ross D. Silverman)

    An Argument for Explicit Public Health Rationale in LGBTQ Antidiscrimination Law as a Tool for Stigma Reduction, 13 St. Louis U. J. Health L. & Pol'y 2, (with M. K. Kinney) (2020)

    Social Work As An Important Collaborator In Transdisciplinary Public Health Law: Why Does It Matter And Where Does It Fit?, 13 St. Louis U. J. Health L. & Pol'y 1 (2019)

    Health Inequities in the LGBTQ Population, 54 Creighton Law Review 4 (with Kinney, K.M.) (2019)

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

    Public Health Law and Policy in an Interprofessional Setting: Preparing Practitioners for Collaborative Practice at the Macro Level, 44 The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 1_suppl (2016) (Seminar)


    Walter-McCabe, H.A. (in press) Health Policy/Systems: An Overview, In Bailey, D & Mizrahi, T. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work. Oxford University Press.

    Walter-McCabe, H.A. (in press). Commentary on Smith v. Rasmussen. In Wiley, L.F. & Mohapatra, S. (Eds.) Feminist Judgments: Health Law Opinions Rewritten. Cambridge Publishing.

    Walter-McCabe, H.A. (in press). Administrative Law. In Ransom, M.M. & Valladares, L.M. (Eds.) Public Health Law: Concepts and Case Studies for Practitioners. Springer Publishing.

    Walter-McCabe, H.A. (in press). LGBTQ Population Health. In Ransom, M.M. & Valladares, L.M. (Eds.) Public Health Law: Concepts and Case Studies for Practitioners. Springer Publishing

  • Accomplishments
    • Heather Walter-McCabe participated in the Convener on Racial Disparities in Health Care hosted by the American Health Law Association.