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Theall, PhD, Senior Director

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Katherine Theall, PhD - Senior Director

Specialty Areas:

Structural Violence, Neighborhood Violence and Disorder, Substance Use, Gender and Racial Equity

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Community Violence

Angles of Approach



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.


Publications: Google Scholar

Selected Publications:

Selected Research Grants


76131                                      Theall (PI)                        12/15/18-12/14/22
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation                                                              
Building a Culture of Health Through the Built Environment: Adaptable Solutions to Community Well-Being                    
Grant amount:  $500,000
The primary goal of this project is to examine the impact of changes in the built environment on "Culture of Health" drivers such as sense of community and civic engagement.


R01 HD092653                      Wallace (PI)                      8/27/2018-6/30/2023
Pregnancy-Associated Mortality
Grant amount: $1,402,397
The major goal of this project is to identify contextual factors related to pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated mortality in the US.
Co-Investigator: Theall


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 family violence.
Co-InvestigatorsTaylor and Wallace   


P60AA009803                        Theall (PI)/Molina (Co-PI)         12/1/14-11/30/19
NIH / NIAAA           
Social Environmental Stress and Alcohol Use in Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
Grant amount: $539,281
The goal is to assess the socio-environmental stress and alcohol use in PLWHA


Courses with violence related topics

Dr. Theall’s School of Public Health profile page