Christine Forke, CRNP, PhD is a licensed and nationally-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, a Associate at the Center for Violence Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP.
Christine Forke, CRNP, PhD is a licensed and nationally-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, an Associate at the Center for Violence Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP. Dr. Forke's targeted area of interest is understanding the intergenerational impacts of exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and intimate partner violence and identifying factors that can mitigate risk for children, adolescents, and families.
Her recent work has focused on gaining a better understanding of how gender and childhood exposures to violence impact subsequent adoption of risk behaviors and negative health outcomes. In a multi-site study of undergraduate students, she measured the combined effects of witnessing adult violence in the home during childhood and child/parent gender on later experiences with adolescent dating violence to demonstrate gender modeling in the transmission of violence. This prompted further exploration where she measured how witnessing domestic violence in childhood affected health into adulthood and in the next generation of children to illustrate the impact of witnessing across generations.
Dr. Forke is the Co-Chair for the Philadelphia Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Task Force Research Workgroup, whose goal is to identify additional adversities that are specific to urban and/or impoverished communities while simultaneously considering the effects of both household and community level ACEs. Additionally, the workgroup strives to build collaborative efforts among those throughout the City who are working within the field of childhood adversity. As part of this effort, the 2012 Philadelphia ACE Survey was developed and administered to a representative sample of over 1,700 Philadelphia area residents. A revised health survey is scheduled for 2018 administration and will provide information for approximately 2,000 parents and children residing in Philadelphia and the five county region. Information will be used to identify service needs for children and families. She has also partnered with the Philadelphia Department of Health to include ACE questions on a quarterly survey conducted at health centers within the City to provide information on the level of childhood trauma experienced by those seeking care.
She currently is working on a project that will solicit the opinions of national experts in the development of a tool that will be used by pediatric hospitals to assess their institutional capacity to care for pediatric patients exposed to family violence. Use of the tool will allow hospitals to identify their strengths as well as areas where improvement is needed in order to impart change at the system level.
BA, University of Pennsylvania (Psychology/Chemistry)
BSN, University of Pennsylvania
MSN, University of Pennsylvania (Pediatric Nursing)
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Perelman School of Medicine (Epidemiology), University of Pennsylvania
Associate Fellow, Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate, Center for Violence Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
MPH Teaching Faculty, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Director, Research Residency Course, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Institute for Safe Families
Forke CM, Myers RK, Localio RA, et al. Intimate Partner Violence: Childhood Witnessing and Subsequent Experiences of College Undergraduates. J Interpers Violence. 2019.
Forke CM, Catallozzi M, Localio R, Grisso JAnn, Wiebe DJ, Fein JA. Intergenerational Effects of Witnessing Domestic Violence: Health of the Witnesses and their Children. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2019;15.
Myers RK, Nelson DB, Forke CM. Occurrence of Stalking Victimization Among Female and Male Undergraduate Students." Journal of College Student Development. 2016;57(2):213-18.
Wade R, Cronholm PF, Fein JA, et al. Household and community-level Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health Outcomes in a Diverse Urban Population. Child Abuse Negl. 2015.
Cronholm PF, Forke CM, Wade R, et al. Adverse Childhood Experiences: Expanding the Concept of Adversity. Am J Prev Med. 2015;49(3):354-61.