Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD
Fellowship Year: (2020-2021)
Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Catherine Cerulli is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. In these roles, she has promoted research in diverse criminal justice, community, and health settings, and in 2016, she helped create a medical-law program that integrates health, legal, and advocacy services for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). Cerulli also directs the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester, which focuses on translating science regarding social determinants of health into practices that change lives. Cerulli, a licensed attorney, has worked directly with IPV victims since 1983—as a counselor, advocate, attorney, and researcher. She forges collaborative community studies in partnership with survivors as investigators and advisors, guided by principles of community-based participatory research.
Cerulli has worked in Russia, China, Mongolia, the Greater Mekong region, and most recently, India. Her international portfolio has been supported by the NIH Fogarty International Center, the World Health Organization, and the Fulbright Specialist Program. As a national and international leader and trainer, she speaks directly to the need for agencies to ground their service programs in scientifically-based evidence and to rigorously evaluate the real-world impacts of their initiatives.
Cerulli received her BA from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and her JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her MA and PhD from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany.