Catherine A. Taylor, PhD, MSW, MPH

Adjunct Professor

Catherine Taylor, PhD

Education & Affiliations

MPH, Boston University
MSW, Boston University
BA, Cornell University


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. She has taught  GCHB 6500 Violence as a Public Health Problem and GCHB 6120 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation  She also is co-teaching SPHU 3660 Adverse Childhood Experiences, an interdisciplinary 360 course for undergraduates.

Research Areas

  • Violence Prevention
  • Social Norms
  • Maternal and Child Health

Honors & Awards

  • 2015: Finalist for the Tulane University President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional School Teaching (2015)
  • 2007-2015: NIH Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program Recipient (5 years between 2007-2015) Department Nominee for the 170th Anniversary Early Career Professorship
  • TUSPHTM Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Eta Chapter Fellow 
  • NIH Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions


View Dr. Taylor's publications at her NCBI profile page.


GCHB 6500 Violence as a Public Health Problem