Dr. McCaw began her career in the mental health field by working at the Lexington Mental Health Center as a Mental Health Counselor providing individual, group and family counseling to deaf students and their families from 1989-1993. In 1993, she entered the clinical psychology program at The George Washington University. Upon the completion of her coursework in 1996, she began teaching at Gallaudet University for the department of psychology. Dr. McCaw went on academic leave from her faculty position during the 1999/2000 academic year to complete a predoctoral internship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. As part of this internship, she completed rotations in both inpatient and outpatient units, the psychiatric emergency room, a mobile crisis team, and the family therapy center. Her area of research is currently in the area of deaf identity development.