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Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Faculty Profile

  • Bernadette Callahan Hohl, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

  • CV

Youth violence; community based participatory research urban health; social epidemiology; injury prevention.

Bernadette received her PhD (2013) and MPH (2007) in Social and Behavioral Health from Temple University and completed a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Urban Health Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine.

Research Interests
Dr. Hohl’s research employs mixed-methods, community based participatory research approaches and epidemiologic study designs to examine the influence of social and physical neighborhood factors on community well-being, youth development and injury related risks. She has participated in several community and academic partnerships that addressed health and safety issues facing urban, minority, and disadvantaged communities including two CDC-funded Youth Violence Prevention Centers. She has organized teams of community, city and academic stakeholders to assess community needs, design, and implement interventions and disseminate results. Her current research focuses on identifying modifiable community level risk factors for violence and in turn developing and testing place-based interventions to address those factors.

Select Publications
Branas, C., South, E., Kondo, M., Hohl, B., Bourgois, P., Wiebe, D., MacDonald, J. (2018) "Citywide cluster randomized trial to restore blighted vacant land and its effects on violence, crime, and fear.", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 115

South, E., Hohl, B., Kondo, M., MacDonald, J., Branas, C. (2018) "Effect of Greening Vacant Land on Mental Health of Community-Dwelling Adults: A Cluster Randomized Trial.", JAMA Network Open Vol. 1

Hohl, B., Wiley, S., Wiebe, D., Culyba, A., Drake, R., Branas, C. (2017) "Association of Drug and Alcohol Use With Adolescent Firearm Homicide at Individual, Family, and Neighborhood Levels.", JAMA Internal Medicine Vol. 177

Kondo, M., Hohl, B., Han, S., Branas, C. (2016) "Effects of greening and community reuse of vacant lots on crime.", Urban Studies Vol. 53

Culyba, A., Jacoby, S., Richmond, T., Fein, J., Hohl, B., Branas, C. (2016) "Modifiable Neighborhood Features Associated With Adolescent Homicide.", JAMA Pediatrics Vol. 170

Hausman, A., Hohl, B., Hanlon, A., Becker, J., Branas, C., Hayden, U., Thomas, N., Fein, J. (2009) "Translating community-specified indicators of program success into measurable outcomes.", Journal of Public Health Management & Practice Vol. 15

Scholarly Activities
Board of Directors, Society for the Advancement of Violence & Injury Research (2018)

Faculty Community Service Award - Rutgers School of Public Health (2018) - he awards honor outstanding members of the Rutgers community selected by their colleagues for exceptional contributions to teaching, research, or public service.

Service Award - Society for the Advancement of Injury & Violence Research (SAVIR) (2017) - The Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) is a professional organization that provides leadership and fosters excellence in the science of preventing and treating injury and violence.

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