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Catherine C. McDonald, PhDc, RN

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellow
Center for Health Equity Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Kate McDonald has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings, including critical care units, emergency room, and high schools. From experience in these practice settings and as a research assistant for Dr. Therese Richmond with the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, Kate has become interested in exploring the interplay of risks and assets for youth, and how these contextual factors influence youth growth and development. Kate began her doctoral studies in September 2006 and in December 2008 was awarded a National Research Service Award (NRSA) F31 Fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her research, “Community Violence Exposure and Positive Youth Development in Urban Adolescents,” which focuses on the relationship between exposure to community violence, posttraumatic stress, and positive youth development.  

Health Equity Research

Youth across the globe are particularly vulnerable to violence and injury. At the extreme, homicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-241. Death, however, is not the only consequence of violence and injury for youth. Physical and mental health problems from exposure to violence and injury can have lasting effects. In order to address these vulnerabilities, nursing science can examine health inequities in youth that result from violence and injury. Examining and concentrating on risk and protective factors as points of culturally and developmentally appropriate interventions are aims of this pre-doctoral fellow’s developing program of research.

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Currently Funded Grants

Title: Community Violence Exposure and Positive Youth Development in Urban Adolescents
Agency: National Institute of Nursing Research, F31NR011107
Project Period: December 1, 2008 to November 30, 2010
Principal Investigator: Catherine McDonald
Mentors: Therese Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN and Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD