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Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-5269

Fax: (585) 276-0307

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Professional Background

Catherine Cerulli, PhD, is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Cerulli is the Director of Susan B. Anthony Center and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. She received a PhD in criminal justice from SUNY at Albany, NY in 2004 and her Master's Degree in criminal justice from SUNY at Albany, NY in 1998. She holds a JD from the University at Buffalo law school. Dr. Cerulli received the Excellence in Public Service award from the SUNY Albany Alumni Association in 2014 and the National Institute of Mental Health New Investigator Award in 2005.

She was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, where she created a special misdemeanor domestic violence unit in 1995. She has been working on issues surrounding domestic violence and child abuse for over three decades, in a variety of capacities. Various federal agencies have funded Dr. Cerulli's work, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Justice, the Office on Violence Against Women, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Veteran's Administration. She works internationally to ameliorate violence and currently is assisting with projects addressing the health and welfare of individuals living in the Sub Mekong region. She is a founding Board Member for the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester, Inc., a grass roots organization providing emergency respite care for greater Rochester area families with young children.



BA | St Marys College
Arts & Sciences

JD | SUNY at Buffalo

MA | SUNY at Albany

PhD | SUNY at Albany

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

04/2004 - 02/2005
National Research Service Award (post-doctoral) (PI: Caine) Title: The Nexus Between Suicide and Domestic Violence

0 - 06/2008
The Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Training Program in Qualitative Methods of Social Research Title: Analyzing Developmental Trajectories

0 - 07/2008
The Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Training Program in Qualitative Methods of Social Research Title: Structural Equation Models: An Introduction

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Excellence in Public Service
Sponsor: SUNY Albany Alumni Association

Distinguished Alumni Award
Sponsor: SUNY Albany School of Criminal Justice

Finalist for the "W" Award
Sponsor: Rochester Women's Network

Kate Stoneman Award
Sponsor: Albany Law School

National Institute of Mental Health New Investigator Award

Justice Award to End Domestic Violence
Sponsor: New York State Governor Pataki

William B. Hoyt Award
Sponsor: Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence

2001 Nathaniel Award
Sponsor: The Daily Record

2001 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
Sponsor: New York State Bar Association

Restore the Hope Award
Sponsor: Alternatives for Battered Women, Inc.

Up and Coming Attorneys
Sponsor: The Daily Record

Remington Award
Location: St Univ at Albany

National Association of Women Lawyers Award and Law Faculty Award

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Patent Title: Technology Abuse Scale (TAS)
Patent #: TXu 1-739-208
Issue Date: Feb 03, 2011
Country: United States
Invented By: Catherine Cerulli, Christina Smith


Journal Articles

Alpert AB, Sayegh SJ, Strawderman M, Cunliffe S, Griggs JJ, Cerulli C. "Methodologic Approaches for Using Electronic Medical Records to Identify Experiences of Violence in Transgender and Cisgender People: Closing the Gap Between Diagnostic Coding and Lived Experiences." Medical care.. 2023 Apr 18; Epub 2023 Apr 18.

Bleasdale J, Morse DS, Cerulli C, Hordes M, Wilson K, Gabriel SJ, Przybyla SM. "Women's Motivators to Engage in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment While Enrolled in an Opioid Intervention Court." Substance use & misuse.. 2022 Apr 5; :1-8. Epub 2022 Apr 05.

Mastrocinque JM, Cerulli C, Thew D, Chin NP, Pollard RQ. "Understanding Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration Involving the Deaf Population." Journal of interpersonal violence.. 2020 May 12; :886260520916265. Epub 2020 May 12.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Reducing Suicide Risk in the Justice System through Court Based Community-Based Participatory Research
Book Title: Suicide: Risk Factors and Prevention
Author List: White, A.M.; Nichols-Hadeed, C.; Steadman, H.J.; Cerulli, C.
Edited By: Lavigne, J.
Published By: Nova Science Publishers 2014 in Happauge, NY

Chapter Title: Moving Research to Practice: Unlikely Partners in the Conduct of Ethical Research
Book Title: Routledge International Handbook on Gender and Crime Studies
Author List: Cerulli, C.; Raimondi, C.; Nichols-Hadeed, C.
Edited By: Renzetti, C.; Miller, S.; Glover, A.
Published By: Routledge 2012

Chapter Title: Intimate Partner Violence at Work and Economic Impact
Book Title: Workplace Violence in Mental and General Health Care Setting
Author List: Nichols-Hadeed, C.; Cerulli, C.
Edited By: Privitera, M.R.
Published By: Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2010