Catherine Stayton, DrPH

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
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Catherine Stayton is the Director of the Injury Epidemiology Unit in the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).  She oversees the Unit's Female Homicide and Injury Surveillance Systems.  She is writing a report on Intimate Partner Violence that brings together multiple DOHMH data sources.  Dr. Stayton co-chairs the agency's Domestic Violence Steering Committee which develops and implements DOHMH domestic violence prevention initiatives.

Dr. Stayton has conducted research in the areas of intimate partner violence, violence, substance abuse, and adolescent risk behaviors.  As a Research Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in the 1990s, she designed and conducted an impact evaluation of a family-focused drug treatment program on the Lower East Side.  Her dissertation research examined the health care response to intimate partner violence in prenatal care. For eight years, she taught Epidemiology and Research Methods at Brooklyn College.

Dr. Stayton serves on the Steering Committee of Columbia University's Center for Youth Violence Prevention, the Research Advisory Committee of  NYC's Alliance Against Sexual Assault, and NYC's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee.

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MPH, 1994 New York University
  • BA, 1998 Amherst College
  • DrPH, 2002 Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member, American Public Health Association

Member, Public Health Association of New York City

Member, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Fatality Review, City of New York

Member, Injury Community Planning Group, New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Injury Prevention

Member, Research Advisory Committee, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault,

Past Member, City University of New York, Urban Health Initiative, 2003-2004

Honors & Awards

Eugene Litwak Dissertation Proposal Award, Sociomedical Sciences, The Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2001

Fellowship for Health Services Dissertation Research, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2001

Marisa De Castro Benton Prize, Sociomedical Sciences, The Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2003


Selected Publications

Patton, R.D. (Ed). The American Family: Life and Health. Third Party Publishing Oakland, CA 1995

Bayer R., Stayton C., Desvarieux M., Healton C. & Landesman S. Directly observed therapy and treatment completion of tuberculosis in the United States: 1990-1994. American Journal of Public Health 88 1052-1058 1998

Duncan M., Stayton C. & Hall C. Police reports on domestic incidents involving intimate partners: Injuries and medical help-seeking. Women and Health 30 1-14 1999

Rafter, N.H. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. The Oryx Press. Phoenix, Arizona 2000

Weston R. & Stayton C. (2004). The use of the community diffusion model to develop community partnerships and overcome barriers to an urban college internship program. California Journal of Health Promotion 2 1-19 2004

Stayton C. & Duncan M. The mutable influences on intimate partner abuse screening in health care settings: A synthesis of the literature. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse: A Review Journal 6 271-285 2005

Duncan M., McIntosh P., Stayton C. & Hall C. Individualized performance feedback to increase prenatal domestic violence screening. Maternal and Child Health Journal 10 443-449 2006

Nicaj L., Mandel-Ricci J., Assefa S., Grasso K., McCarthy P., Caffarelli A., McKelvey W., Stayton C. & Thorpe L. A joint report from the New York City Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, and the New York City Police Department New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene NYC DOHMH 2006

Thorpe L., Stayton C., Mandel-Ricci J., Olson C., Friedman S. City Health Information New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene NYC DOHMH 2007

Urban Health Activities

NYC Injury Surveillance System: The Injury Surveillance system tracks all deaths and hospitalizations related to intentional and unintentional injuries in NYC. It also tracks assault and self-inflicted injury-related emergency department visits at a sample of hospitals citywide.

Female Homicide Surveillance Project: This surveillance projects abstracts information about the decedent from Office of Chief Medical Examiner Office records.

Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee: This multi-agency review committee reviews family-related homicide data and matched service data in aggregate. The objective is to identify gaps in the service delivery system. The Committee is charged with making recommendations to fill gaps.