Linda Bullock’s career led her around the globe, but once she landed in Missouri, she found a home in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.
Bullock joined the faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor and became a full professor 10 years later. During her 13-year career at the School, Bullock gathered a research team she says is her proudest achievement.
“We did some very good work and touched many lives in rural Missouri,” said Bullock. “When you touch these women’s lives and they are still calling you back years later, that says something.”
Bullock’s compassion for people and passion for research led to groundbreaking studies of health stressors that affect pregnancy and childhood behaviors. Her seminal research as a graduate student in Texas provided empirical evidence of the connection between intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy and low-birth-weight infants.
Bolstered by funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute of Child and Human Development, Bullock expanded her research in Missouri to study the effect of smoking on pregnant women and the effect of domestic violence on children. She currently is working on a pilot study to judge the effect of giving nicotine replacement therapy to partners of pregnant women in hopes it will encourage the women to also quit smoking.
“[Linda’s] enthusiasm for her research and nursing in general are contagious,” wrote Richard Tayloe, project coordinator. “Her compassion and concern for the women and children who are research participants are quite evident, each and every day.”
Bullock’s career started as a research technician at Baylor College of Medicine after she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas A & M University. She returned to school at Texas Woman’s University in Houston for a BSN and MS(N).
“Once I went to nursing school, it was pretty obvious to me that my passion was out in the community,” said Bullock. “I’ve always been interested in getting the best outcomes for women and children and the community is the best place to start.”
When her husband’s career took them to New Zealand, Bullock worked on her PhD in public health and was the first nurse appointed to the faculty of the Christchurch School of Medicine. David Bullock’s retirement and a desire to live in the U.S. led the couple to Missouri.
“I just felt really at home at the University of Missouri,” she said. “It was just a perfect fit at the time.”
Bullock left Mizzou in 2010 to become the first Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor in Nursing at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She also was named the director of the school’s PhD program, where she will guide the development of future nurse-scientists.