Emily Rothman

Lab Director

Emily Rothman, Sc.D: Principal Investigator, Professor Boston University School of Public Health


Sc.D. Harvard School of Public Health (’04), M.S Harvard School of Public Health, B.A Wesleyan University (’94)

Emily F. Rothman, ScD, Biography

Emily F. Rothman is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health with  secondary appointments at the BU School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Emergency Medicine. She is also a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC). She earned her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. Dr. Rothman has authored more than 90 publications that span the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, firearm violence, and pornography. She has been a federally-funded independent investigator since 2009 when she was a awarded a K01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH, NIAAA) to study the relationship between youth alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration. Since that time, she has conducted as principal investigator a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) randomized controlled trial of a dating abuse perpetration intervention in the emergency department setting, a NIJ-funded evaluation of a prevention and intervention program for commercially sexually exploited youth, and a NIH-funded R03 study on the daily relationship between alcohol, marijuana use and dating abuse in a sample of primarily Black and Hispanic, urban-residing, youth. Most recently, she was awarded a NIJ grant to generate new information about dating abuse perpetration from LGBTQ, Native American, Black and Hispanic youth that will result in new survey instruments and clinical screening tools for dating abuse perpetration and victimization. Dr. Rothman has provided violence-related consulting to the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, multiple state Departments of Public Health and coalitions of domestic violence programs, and given invited lectures at many of the world’s most distinguished universities including St. Andrew’s in Scotland, Padova University in Italy, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, UC Berkeley School of Law, Columbia Medical School, and others. She has appeared on the Today Show on NBC, On Point with Tom Ashbrook on NPR, A1 on NPR, Weekend edition on NPR, provided expert advice on dating violence to Seventeen magazine, and her research has been featured in or she has been quoted by the New York Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, The Atlantic, Vox.com, the Huffington Post, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Teen Vogue, among others. She currently teaches SB 751: Sexual Violence Prevention SB750: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention SB752: Sexually explicit media and public health methods

Other Positions

  • Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
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