Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN

Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN
Senior Fellow

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Public Health Interests

Adolescents, Community/Population Health, Violence/Injury Prevention

Current Public-Health Related Activities

I am an assistant professor at the PENN School of Nursing. My clinical background in pediatric nursing has served as a foundation for my research trajectory in adolescent health promotion and injury prevention. My research expertise has focused on intentional (community violence) and unintentional (vehicular crashes) injury in youth, identification of risk and protective factors that contribute to health outcomes, and the development of effective interventions to promote health in youth. I have published over 20 peer-reviewed publications and have begun to establish my area of expertise in adolescent injury prevention in a national forum of injury science.

Select Publications:

McDonald, C.C., Sommers, M.S., & Fargo, J.D. (2014). Risky driving, mental health, and health-compromising behaviors: Risk clustering in late adolescents and adults. Injury Prevention, 20, 365-372. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041150 (NIHMS: 603040; PMC4225190 )

McDonald, C.C., Curry, A.E., Kandadai, V., Sommers, M.S., & Winston, F.K. (2014). Comparison of teen and adult driver crash scenarios in a nationally-representative sample of serious crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 72, 302-308. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2014.07.016

McDonald, C.C., Richmond, T.S., Guerra, T., Thomas, N.A., Walker, A., Branas, C.C., TenHave, T.R., Vaughn, N.A., Leff, S.S., & Hausman, A.J.  (2012). Methods for linking community views to measureable outcomes in a youth violence prevention program, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 6(4), 499-506. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2012.0062 (NIHMS: 439561; PMC: 3575681).

McDonald, C.C., Deatrick, J.A., Kassam-Adams, N., & Richmond, T.S. (2011). Community violence exposure and positive youth development in urban youth. Journal of Community Health, 36(6), 925-932. doi: 10.1007/s10900-011-9391-5 (NIHMS: 293415, PMC: 3194062).