Catherine Taylor, PhD    

Catherine Taylor, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-5391
Fax: (504) 988-3540


Research Interests:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Violence Prevention
  • Family Violence
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Social Norms
  • Mass Media
  • Health Education and Communication
  • Primary Prevention
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Social Determinants of Health

Educational Background:

  • Post-doc, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • MPH, Boston University MSW, Boston University
  • BA, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Professional Achievements

  • 2007-09; 2011-12; 2013-15 NIH Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • 2007 NIH fellow, Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions
  • 2003 American Public Health Association, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section, Student paper competition award
  • 2002 Mass Media Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ABC television, New York, NY
  • 2002 UCLA, Women for Change Leadership Award
  • 2000-2002 UCLA, Dr. Ursula Mandel Scholarship
  • Memberships: American Public Health Association, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research

Courses Taught:

  • GCHB 6120 Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Education and Communication Programs
  • GCHB 6500 Violence as a Public Health Problem

Selected Publications:


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

Personal Statement:

Originally from Boston, I came to Tulane in August 2005. My educational background is in biology/physiology, clinical social work, and public health, including epidemiology and community health sciences. My practice experience includes medical social work, genetics counseling, community mental health, counseling for victims of family violence, and mass media production for health issues. My areas of research reside in the overlap of maternal and child health, violence prevention, and social norms. The overarching goal of my research is to inform the development of strategies to prevent and reduce violence in communities and within families, particularly that which most directly affects the lives of children. Research of the past two decades suggests that violence, and related adverse childhood experiences, can exact an enormous toll on a young child's neuro-cognitive and social-emotional development. Dozens of studies have demonstrated that such toxic stress exposure early in life is linked with increased risk for some of the most intractable and prevalent public health problems of our time, including smoking, sexual risk behavior, depression, obesity, heart disease, and violence. It is hoped that by working to prevent and reduce childhood exposure to violent stress, my work will not only contribute most acutely to children's health, but also to the long-term health trajectory of children and their ability to thrive and reach their potential in society.

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