Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN

mcdonalc@nursing.upenn.edu

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN, FAAN is an adolescent injury prevention and health promotion researcher. Dr. McDonald received her BSN from Villanova University in 2000. She earned her MSN in School Nursing from Monmouth University in 2006, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. During her predoctoral training, she was supported by a T32 predoctoral fellowship (T32NR007100) and an individual NRSA F31 predoctoral fellowship (F31NR011107) for her research on community violence exposure and positive youth development. Immediately after completing her PhD, she entered a T32 postdoctoral fellowship (T32NR007100) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and received a K99-R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research (K99NR013548) to build her program of research in adolescent injury prevention and health promotion, with a focus on risky driving behaviors in teens, inattention, and web-based intervention development. Dr. McDonald is a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Health. Dr. McDonald's scholarship focuses on the complex interplay of factors that contribute to adolescent morbidity and mortality associated with different types of injury and violence. Dr. McDonald’s funded research has focused on distracted driving behaviors, parental driving behaviors, adolescent driver crash risk, school health, and concussion in adolescents.   She is affiliated with the Penn Injury Science Center, as well as the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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