Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN is currently a K99 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) School of Nursing and at 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 current research on teens and risky driving behaviors is funded by a K99/R00 Career Development Award (K99NR013548) from 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.