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Catherine Bradshaw is a professor and the associate dean for research and faculty development at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Prior to her current appointment she was an associate professor and the associate chair of the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University and a master’s of education in counseling and guidance from the University of Georgia.
Her primary research interests focus on the development of aggressive behavior and school-based prevention. She collaborates on research projects examining bullying and school climate; the development of aggressive and problem behaviors; effects of exposure to violence, peer victimization, and environmental stress on children; and the design, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in schools. She presently collaborates on federally supported randomized trials of school-based prevention programs, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and social-emotional learning curricula. She also has expertise in implementation science and coaching models.
Dr. Bradshaw works with the Maryland State Department of Education and several school districts to support the development and implementation of programs and policies to prevent bullying and school violence, and to foster safe and supportive learning environments. She collaborates on federally funded research grants supported by the NIMH, NIDA, CDC, and the Institute of Education Sciences. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and the editor of Prevention Science. She is a coeditor of the Handbook of School Mental Health (Springer, 2014).