Clea McNeely is a research professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee. Her work focuses on how youth make successful transitions to adulthood. She is particularly interested in how schools can promote positive youth functioning. As part of her research agenda, McNeely evaluates programs and policies to promote the health of young people; her current work evaluates programs to improve school attendance. McNeely uses research methods that include survey research, causal models, and qualitative methods. Her work has been supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute for Child Health and Development, the National Institute of Justice, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation, among many others. McNeely received her DrPH in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MA in international studies from the University of Miami.