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Katherine Theall, PhD

Specialty Areas:

neighborhood disorder, substance use, child development

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 or NCBI

Selected Publications:

Selected Research Grants

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 HD096070                      Wallace (PI)                     8/24/2018-6/30-2023
Impact of State-level Policies on Maternal Mortality
Grant amount: $1,204,000
The major goal of this project is to identify associations between state-level women’s health policies and maternal and infant mortality.
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 adult violence.
Co-InvestigatorsTaylor and Wallace   


Courses with violence topics:

Dr. Theall’s School of Public Health profile page