Catherine P. Bradshaw

News in Brief: Catherine P. Bradshaw Named to National Academy of Education

Bradshaw was among 14 leading scholars elected to the academy in 2024 for outstanding scholarship or leadership related to education.

Laura Hoxworth

Catherine P. Bradshaw, university professor and senior associate dean for research at the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development, has been elected to the National Academy of Education.  

The academy elects members annually based on outstanding scholarship or leadership related to education. It is one of the highest accolades a researcher in the field of education can attain. This year, the academy selected Bradshaw alongside 13 other leading scholars.

"Catherine’s election to the academy reflects her enormous contributions to the fields of clinical psychology and prevention science. Her work on improving school climate and mental health in youth is nationally recognized,” said Stephanie Rowley, dean of the School of Education and Human Development. “This is a well-deserved honor, and we are lucky to have her.”

A member of the UVA faculty since 2013, Bradshaw is a leading national expert on bullying and school climate, the development of aggressive behavior, and school-based prevention of behavioral and mental health problems. She also serves as a faculty fellow with the University's vice president of research.

As a researcher, Bradshaw has led more than 10 federally funded randomized trials of school-based prevention programs and has received more than $50 million in research grants from agencies including the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is the co-director of the National Center for Rural School Mental Health.

"It is an honor and a privilege to join the academy alongside such an accomplished group of researchers,” said Bradshaw. “I am grateful for the support and collaboration I have received from my colleagues at UVA, as well as the many other research partners I have been lucky to work with in my career.”

Throughout her career, Bradshaw has served on advisory boards and as a consultant to several state, federal, and non-government organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, and the National Education Association. She has received awards from the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society for Research on Adolescence, and Society for Prevention Research, and received the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

“We are delighted to welcome these diverse and trailblazing education leaders to the Academy,” the organization’s president, Carol Lee, said in announcing the news. “Their guidance will help expand our research and professional development endeavors.”  

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