Kate Guastaferro, Ph.D.
418 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
Postdoctoral Fellow, Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) Program, Penn State (Mentors: Linda Collins, Jennie 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 & Collaborations
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.