November 15, 2010

School of Public Health researcher recognized with Presidential Early Career Award

Catherine Bradshaw, a developmental psychologist and youth violence prevention researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. This year’s 85 recipients were announced by the White House on Nov. 5.

Bradshaw is an associate professor in the Department of Mental Health, associate director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, where she collaborates on research projects examining bullying and school climate. Her research focuses on the development of aggressive and problem behaviors; effects of exposure to violence, peer victimization and environmental stress on children; and the design, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in schools.

She also works with the Maryland State Department of Education and several 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.

“Science and technology have long been at the core of America’s economic strength and global leadership,” said President Obama. “I am confident that these individuals who have shown such tremendous promise so early in their careers will go on to make breakthroughs and discoveries that will continue to move our nation forward in the years ahead.”

Awardees are selected for innovative research and community service through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach. They receive research grants to further their studies in support of critical government missions.