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News in Brief: UVA EHD Professor Provides Expert Testimony at Congressional Briefing

Senior Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development Catherine Bradshaw will speak about the need to invest in school programs that promote healthy social, behavioral, and emotional development.

Laura Hoxworth

On April 19th, 2023, UVA EHD's Catherine Bradshaw will provide expert testimony at a virtual congressional briefing with international experts to discuss the urgent need to invest in school programs that promote healthy social, behavioral, and emotional development.

The briefing is hosted by The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC), the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Penn State University.

For more information, or to register to attend, visit

Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine Bradshaw is the Senior Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and a Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Her primary research interests focus on the development of aggressive behavior and school-based prevention. She has led federally funded randomized trials of school-based prevention programs, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). She also has expertise in implementation science and coaching models. She served on the White House panel on bullying prevention and co-organized studies for the IOM/National Academy of Sciences. She is chairing a What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide on positive behavior support and is involved in other WWC reviews of classroom management and SEL programs. Bradshaw works with the Maryland State Department of Education and several other states and school districts to support the development and implementation of programs and policies to prevent bullying and school violence, and to foster safe and supportive learning environments. She collaborates on federally-funded research grants supported by the NIMH, NIDA, CDC, NIJ, U.S. Department of Education, and the Institute of Education Sciences, with awards totaling over 50M. She is the co-director of the IES-funded National Center for Rural School Mental Health. She has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in edited volumes. She was previously the associate editor for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and is currently the editor of Prevention Science.

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