Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN

Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, MSN -- CIRP@CHOP
Principal Investigator, Teen Driver Safety Research

Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Family and Community Health Department at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) School of Nursing and is affiliated with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. McDonald is building a program of research aimed at promoting health and reducing injury in youth. Her clinical background is in Pediatric Nursing, and she received her BSN from Villanova University, her MSN from Monmouth University, and her PhD in Nursing from PENN. Her previous research training at PENN included a predoctoral fellow on a T32 (T32NR007100), an individual NRSA F31 predoctoral fellowship (F31NR011107), and a postdoctoral fellowship (T32NR007100).

Dr. McDonald has focused her research on the complex interplay of factors that contribute to adolescent morbidity and mortality associated with different types of intentional and unintentional injury (e.g. violence and vehicular crashes). Her research on teens and risky driving behaviors is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health. She has presented at conferences and published in nursing and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journals. Dr. McDonald has received several awards for her research, including the Alumni Emerging Scholar Award from the Villanova University School of Nursing and the Rising Star Research Award from the Eastern Nursing Research Society.

Read about her work with CHOP's Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA).