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Catherine Taylor, PhD, MPH, MSW - Director

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.