Kate Guastaferro, Ph.D.

Kate GuastaferroAssistant Research Professor, The Methodology Center
Affiliate, Prevention Research Center
Affiliate, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

The Pennsylvania State University
418 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802

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Podcast on preventing child maltreatment


Postdoctoral Fellow, Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) Program, Penn State (Mentors: Linda CollinsJennie Noll), 2016-17
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2016 (Public Health)
M.P.H., Georgia State University, 2011
B.A., Boston University, 2008


Research Interests & Collaborators

I am committed to the prevention of child maltreatment. Toward that end, I collaborate with Jennie Noll on the implementation and evaluation of a state-wide child sexual abuse prevention strategy. I also use advanced methods, including latent class analysis (LCA) and time-varying effect modeling (TVEM) to inform intervention development, collaborating frequently with Bethany Bray.

I also have a passion for research methods that can lead to the development of more effective interventions. Toward that end, I work closely with Linda Collins to develop and apply the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), a framework for building interventions that are effective, efficacious, economical, and immediately scalable. Currently, she and I are applying MOST to a variety of significant public health problems including HIV/AIDS prevention and risky behaviors among college students.

I work at the intersection of prevention science and methodology. My long-term goal is to develop child maltreatment prevention interventions that follow the MOST framework.