McKailey Walters is an epidemiologist by training with an interest in exploring the spatiotemporal impact of climate change on emerging infectious disease.

Her most recent work experience includes working as the Healthcare-Associated Infections Program Supervisor for the City of Long Beach. In this position, she provided oversight of the local health department’s nosocomial and emerging infectious disease planning, prevention, and response.

Prior to this, McKailey held a research assistant position in the Leveraging Environmental Epidemiology for Equity (LEEFE) Lab at Tufts University and served in clinical support roles in various healthcare settings.

McKailey has co-authored the article “County-Level Social Vulnerability Is Positively Associated with Cardiometabolic Disease in Coloradopublished in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health as well as the research letter “Occupational Monkeypox Virus Transmission to Healthcare Worker, California, USA, 2022” published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

As she progresses in the Population, Health and Place Ph.D. program, McKailey plans to deepen her understanding of the relationship between rising global temperatures and the emergence and exacerbation of fungal diseases.


M.P.H., Concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Tufts University

B.S., Public Health, Concentrations in Health Behaviors and Health Promotion, University of Arizona