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:


Poole MK, Seal DW, & Taylor CA. (2014) A Systematic Review of Universal Campaigns Targeting Child Physical Abuse Prevention. Health Education Research. (in press) doi: 10.1093/her/cyu012.

Guterman, N. B., Tabone, J. K., Bryan, G. M., Taylor, C. A., Napoleon-Hanger, C., & Banman, A. (2013). Examining the effectiveness of home-based parent aide services to reduce risk for physical child abuse and neglect: Six-month findings from a randomized clinical trial. Child Abuse Negl, doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.03.006

Lee, S. J., Taylor, C. A., Altschul, I., & Rice, J. C. (2013). Parental spanking and subsequent risk for child aggression in father-involved families of young children. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1476-1485, doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.05.016

Taylor, C. A., Moeller, W., Hamvas, L., & Rice, J. C. (2013). Parents’ Professional Sources of Advice Regarding Child Discipline and Their Use of Corporal Punishment. Clinical Pediatrics, 52(2), 147-155. doi: 10.1177/0009922812465944.

Lee, S.J., Taylor, C.A., & Bellamy, J.L. (2012). Paternal depression and child neglect in father-involved families of young children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 461-469. (doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.04.002)

Lee, S.J., Altschul, I., Shair, S.R., & Taylor, C.A. (2011). Hispanic fathers and risk for maltreatment in father-involved families of young children. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 2(2),
125-142. (doi: 10.5243/jsswr.2011.7)

Taylor CA, Hamvas L, Rice JC, Newman D, & DeJong W. (2011) Perceived Social Norms, Expectations, and Attitudes toward Corporal Punishment among an Urban Community Sample of Parents. Journal of Urban Health, 88(2): 254-269. PMID:21336503

Taylor CA, Hamvas L, & Paris R. (2011) Perceived Instrumentality and Normativeness of Corporal Punishment Use among Black Mothers. Family Relations; 60(1): 60-72. 

Lee SJ, Kim J, Taylor CA & Perron BE. (2011) Profiles of Disciplinary Behaviors among Biological Fathers. Child Maltreatment, 16(1): 51-62. 

Harville EW, Taylor CA, Tesfai H, Xiong X, Buekens P. (2011) Experience of Hurricane Katrina and Reported Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2011 Mar; 26(4) 833–845. Epub 2010 May 21.

Lee SJ, Perron B, Taylor CA, & Guterman NB. (2011) Paternal psychosocial characteristics and corporal punishment of their 3-year old children. Journal of Interpersonal Violence; 26(1) 71-87. 

Taylor CA, Lee SJ, Guterman NB, Rice JC. (2010) Use of spanking for 3-year-old children and associated intimate partner aggression or violence. Pediatrics;126(3):415-24.

Taylor CA, Manganello JA, Lee SJ, & Rice JC. (2010) Mothers' spanking of 3-year-old children and subsequent risk of children's aggressive behavior.  Pediatrics;125(5):e1057-65.
(Links to CNN interview and Time article about this paper)

Guterman NB, Lee SJ, Taylor CA, & Rathouz PJ. (2009) Parental perceptions of neighborhood processes, stress, personal control, and risk for physical child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse & Neglect; 33: 897–906.

Manganello JA & Taylor CA. (2009) Television Exposure as a Risk Factor for Aggressive Behavior Among 3-Year-old Children. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine;163(11):1037-1045. (Link to television interview on this topic)

Taylor CA, Guterman NB, Lee SJ, Rathouz PJ. (2009) Intimate partner violence, parental stress, nativity, and risk for maternal child maltreatment. American Journal of Public Health, 99(1):175-83

Crittenden, CP, Boris, NW, Rice, JC, Taylor, CA, & Olds, DL. (2009) The role of mental health factors, behavioral factors, and past experiences in the prediction of rapid repeat pregnancy in adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Taylor CA, Boris NW, Heller SS, Clum GA, Rice JC, Zeanah CH. (2008) Cumulative experiences of violence among high-risk urban youth. The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(11): 1618-1635.

Taylor CA, Sorenson SB. (2007) Intervention on behalf of children exposed to intimate partner violence: Assessment of support in a diverse community-based sample. Child Abuse and Neglect, 31(11-12): 1155-1168.

Liang B, Tracy AJ, Kauh T, Taylor CA, Williams LM. (2006) Mentoring Asian and Euro-American college women. Journal of Multicultural Counseling Development, 34(3): 143-154.

Taylor CA, Sorenson SB. (2005) Community-based norms about intimate partner violence: Putting attributions of fault and responsibility into context. Sex Roles, 53:573-589.

Sorenson SB, Taylor CA. (2005) Female aggression toward intimate male partners: An examination of social norms in a community-based sample. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29:78-96.

Taylor CA, Sorenson SB. (2004) Injunctive social norms of adults about teen dating violence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 34(6):468-479.

Sorenson SB, Taylor CA. (2003) Personal awareness of domestic violence: Implications for health care providers. Journal of the American Women's Medical Association, 58(1):4-9.

Taylor CA, Sorenson SB. (2002) The nature of newspaper coverage of homicide. Injury Prevention, 8: 121-7.

Taylor CA, Liang B, Tracy AJ, Williams LM, Seigle P. (2002) Gender differences in middle school adjustment, physical fighting, and social skills: Evaluation of a social competency program. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 23(2):259-272.

Liang B, Tracy AJ, Taylor CA, Williams LM. (2002) Mentoring college-age women: A relational approach. American Journal of Community Psychology, 30(2):271-288.

Liang B, Tracy AJ, Taylor CA, Williams LM, Jordan JV, Miller JB. (2002) The relational health indices: A study of women's relationships. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26:25-35.

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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