Katrina Debnam

Associate Professor


  • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, 2012
  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • BS, Morgan State University, 2001

Katrina J. Debnam is a Associate Professor of Education in the Research, Statistics, & Evaluation and Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Sciences programs in the School of Education and Human Development. She also holds a joint appointment in the School of Nursing at UVA and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. 

Dr.  Debnam scholarship stems from her interests in health outcomes for marginalized adolescents through community-based violence prevention strategies. Dr. Debnam serves as a research expert in three inter-related strands of adolescent health, teen dating violence prevention, creating equitable school environments for Black youth, and the protective role of religion and spirituality in youth development.

Dr. Debnam’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Health, Institute of Education Sciences, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Her research has been featured in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Prevention Science, Remedial and Special Education, Trauma, Violence & Abuse, Journal of Educational Psychology and the Journal of Teacher Education. She currently serves on the editorial board of Prevention Science and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Currently accepting PhD candidates.