Katherine Theall, PhD
Senior Director, Violence Prevention Institute
Cecile Usdin Professorship in Women’s Health
Education & Affiliations
- PhD, Epidemiology, Tulane University
- Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, Emory University
Dr. Katherine Theall is the Director of the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center and a Cecile Usdin Professor. As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Theall's research focuses on policy and community influences on health disparities, with a particular emphasis on neighborhood violence. Her work has linked neighborhood violence to biologic stress in young children and adolescents, drug use in adolescents, sexually transmitted infections, alcohol use in adults and the neighborhood alcohol environment. She is actively involved in interventions and policies aimed at altering environments for better health in vulnerable populations.
Chaparro, M. P., Bilfield, A., & Theall, K. P. (2019). Exposure to Neighborhood Crime Is Associated with Lower Levels of Physical Activity and Higher Obesity Risk among Adolescent Girls, but Not Boys. Childhood Obesity, 15(2), 87-92.
Theall, K. P., Felker-Kantor, E., Wallace, M., Zhang, X., Morrison, C. N., & Wiebe, D. J. (2018). Considering high alcohol and violence neighborhood context using daily diaries and GPS: A pilot study among people living with HIV. Drug and alcohol dependence, 187, 236-241.
Gray, S. A., Jones, C. W., Theall, K. P., Glackin, E., & Drury, S. S. (2017). Thinking across generations: unique contributions of maternal early life and prenatal stress to infant physiology. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(11), 922-929.
Structural Violence, Neighborhood Violence And Disorder, Substance Use, Gender And Racial Equity, Community Violence, Epidemiology