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Catherine Taylor, PhD, MPH, MSW

Specialty Areas:

child physical abuse, social norms, primary prevention

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Child Maltreatment

Angles of Approach

#Prevention Intervention


Dr. Catherine Taylor’s work is focused on the primary prevention of family violence, particularly child physical abuse, corporal punishment, and intimate partner violence. Her scholarship is designed to be translated and disseminated to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of violence as well as reduce childhood trauma and resulting health disparities. Taylor‘s public health approach to violence prevention targets population-level, social norms’ change (e.g., education of professionals and universal parenting education). Her research methodologies have ranged from randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs to large epidemiologic studies, surveys, and focus groups. Dr. Taylor is the former Director of the Violence Prevention Institute.


Publications: Google Scholar or NCBI

Selected Publications:

Selected Research Grants

R01 HD093665-01                                         Taylor (PI)                              9/10/2018 – 6/30/2023
Longitudinal follow-up of brief parenting interventions to reduce risk of child physical maltreatment in a selected population
Grant amount: $3,033,152
Our long-term goal is to reduce rates of corporal punishment and child physical maltreatment by strengthening the evidence base for brief, widely adaptable, and sustainable interventions deliverable in broad selected and universal populations. The objective is to test the sustained effects of two such interventions, Triple P-Level 2 and Play Nicely, and to examine how social contexts influence their adoption and sustained effects.
Co-Investigators: Drury and Fleckman


R01 HD095609                                               Theall/Branas (Co-PIs)         8/01/2018 – 7/31/2023    
Place matters - Adaptable Solutions to Violence at the Community Level
Grant amount: $2,840,053
The goal of this research is to assess the impact of greening and blight remediation on youth and adult violence.
Co-Investigators: Taylor and Wallace   


Courses with violence related topics

Dr. Taylor’s School of Public Health profile page