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Kate Guastaferro, PhD, MPH


Assistant Research Professor





201D Henderson

Brief Bio

Kate Guastaferro, Ph.D., is an assistant research professor at Penn State. She has a doctorate and masters of public health with a focus on prevention science. Dr. Guastaferro completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in the Prevention and Methodology Training program at Penn State with advanced training centered substantively upon the prevention of child sexual abuse and methodologically on innovative methods for the optimization, evaluation, and dissemination of interventions (e.g., the multiphase optimization strategy [MOST]) with high public health impact. Working at the cutting edge of prevention and intervention science, Dr. Guastaferro’s program of research is devoted to the development, optimization, and evaluation of effective, efficient, economical, and scalable interventions, specifically focusing on the prevention of child maltreatment.


2016, PhD, Public Health, Georgia State University

2011, MPH, Health Promotion, Georgia State University

2008, BA, Anthropology, Boston University


prevention science, child maltreatment, child sexual abuse, intervention optimization, the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), dissemination and implementation science

Research Interests

behavioral interventions, optimization, dissemination and implementation