Catherine C McDonald, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 414 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 746-8355
Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN 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. She then 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 and is affiliated with the Center for Global Women’s Health and the Center for Health Equity Research.
Dr. McDonald has served as a guest lecture in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level courses. Her lectures have focused on child and adolescent health and research methods, which integrates her clinical background in pediatrics and research training. Her approach to teaching content related to the adolescent population addresses the balance of risk and protective factors in the context of health promotion. She has also served as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate trainees from interdisciplinary backgrounds.
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. Injury is the leading causes of death for adolescents, both nationally and globally, and Dr. McDonald’s long term goal is to make an impact on adolescent health by addressing risk engagement and health promotion in the context of injury. She received a K99-R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research 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. In her current R00 study(R00NR013548) she will conduct a feasibility study to develop and refine a novel web-based intervention for risky driving behaviors to promote attention maintenance and use innovative technology with the driving simulator and eye tracker to measure outcomes.
Currently Funded Grants
Center for Health Equity Research
Center for Global Women's Health
Dr. McDonald’s clinical practice has consistently focused on the pediatric population. She has cared for children, adolescents and families along the continuum of health and illness in a variety of settings, including the pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric emergency room, and in the community as a school nurse. These direct patient care settings have influenced her research trajectory by focusing on adolescent risk and protective factors in the context of injury. By developing interventions that address injury prevention, Dr. McDonald’s clinical practice will expand to reach a vast number of adolescents in the community and hospital setting.
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