Emily F Rothman, ScD

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Emily Rothman
(617) 414-1385erothman@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT450
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Emily F. Rothman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health with a 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, where her dissertation research focused on correlates of intimate partner violence perpetration, and where she was awarded the Martha May Eliot fellowship in Maternal and Child Health. She also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1997-2004 in the Bureau of Family and Community Health, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention. She has authored more than 45 peer reviewed publications, chapters and other publications, and in 2012 was awarded the Linda Saltzman award from Futures Without Violence and the CDC Foundation. Her current research interests include violence perpetration and adolescent health. She has been the recipient of a K01 and R03 grant from NIAAA to study underage alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration, a three-year grant from the National Institute of Justice to test a dating violence perpetration intervention, a three-year grant from the National Institute of Justice to evaluate a sex trafficking prevention organization, and has been awarded multiple foundation grants for evaluation research. She was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in 2015, and has been a research advisor to the Boston Public Health Commission Start Strong initiative since 2011. She is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the One Love foundation. 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, provided expert advice on dating violence to Seventeen magazine, and her research has been featured or she has been quoted by NPR, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek.com, the Huffington Post, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe among others. She currently teaches SB 751: Sexual Violence Prevention, and SB750: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention. In 2013 she co-taught the course “Understanding Pornography” through the Graduate Consortium on Women’s Studies and will be teaching “Pornography from a Public Health Perspective” at the Boston University School of Public Health in September 2015.

Other Positions:

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


  • Wesleyan University, BA
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS
  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB750
  • SPHSB921
  • SPHSB922


  • Published on 9/2/2015

    Rothman EF, Bair-Merrit M, Tharp AT. Beyond the Individual Level: Novel Approaches and Considerations for Multilevel Adolescent Dating Violence Prevention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015.

  • Published on 9/2/2015

    Johnson RM, Parker EM, Rinehart J, Nail, J, Rothman EF. Neighborhood Factors and Dating Violence Among Youth: A Systematic Review . American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015.

  • Published on 7/31/2015

    Rothman EF, Nnawulezi N. Intimate Partner Violence--Female. 2015.

  • Published on 5/29/2015

    Epstein-Ngo QM, Rothman EF. Adolescent Dating Violence in the Emergency Department: Presentation, Screening, and Interventions. Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews (AMSTAR). 2015.

  • Published on 4/15/2015

    Rothman EF, Bazzi AR, Bair-Merritt M. “Ill do whatever as long as you keep telling me that I’m important”: A case study illustrating the link between adolescent dating violence and sex trafficking victimization. Journal of Applied Research on Children. 2015.

  • Published on 4/7/2015

    Rothman EF. Violent reinjury and mortality highlights need for comprehensive care approach. Evidence Based Medicine. [invited commentary]. Evidence Based Medicine. 2015.

  • Published on 4/1/2015

    Rothman EF, Kaczmarsky C, Burke N, Jansen E, Baughman A. “Without porn…I wouldn’t know half the things I know now”: A qualitative study of pornography use among a sample of urban, low-income, Black and Hispanic youth. Journal of Sex Research. 2015.

  • Published on 3/31/2015

    Rothman EF. Violent reinjury and mortality highlights the need for a comprehensive care approach to youth presenting for assault-related injury. Evid Based Med. 2015 Jun; 20(3):112.

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  • Published on 10/6/2014

    Johnson RM, Duncan DT, Rothman EF, Gilreath TD, Hemenway D, Molar BE, Azrael D. Fighting with siblings and peers among urban high school students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2014.

  • Published on 11/12/2013

    Rothman EF, Xuan Z. Trends in Physical Dating Violence Victimization Among U.S. High School Students, 1999-2011. Journal of School Violence. 2013.

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