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
- 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.
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
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.
R01 HD095609 Theall/Branas (Co-PIs) 8/01/2018 – 7/31/2023
NIH / NICHD
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-Investigators: Taylor 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