• Additional Titles:Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
    Professor, Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
    Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Education:BA in English Literature, Wesleyan University
    MS in Maternal & Child Health, Harvard School of Public Health
    MS in Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health
    ScD in Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Website or Lab: Rothman Violence Prevention Research Lab
  • Phone:617-353-7518

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Dr. Rothman’s research focuses on health equity and marginalized populations. Her current scholarship centers autistic individuals, Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC), and sexual and gender minority youth on projects that seek to prevent sexual and partner violence, promote sexual health, and inclusion of neurodiverse adults in research. She has expertise on topics including interpersonal violence, trauma, human trafficking, pornography, and firearms, and since 2018, has been extending her existing lines of research to autistic health.

Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), US Department of Defense (DoD), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Patient Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI), Organization for Autism Research (OAR), and others. She is an appointed member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence, and on the Massachusetts Task Force on Sexual Assault Climate Surveys. She is the author of the book “Pornography and Public Health” (Oxford University Press, 2021). Dr. Rothman has provided violence-related consulting to multiple state Departments of Public Health and coalitions of domestic violence programs. Dr. Rothman has appointments at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Medicine. She is frequently consulted by media. She has appeared on the “Today” show on NBC, and her research has been featured on NPR and by the New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Teen Vogue, and other media outlets.

Recent Publications

  • Rothman E.F., Graham Holmes L. Using formative research to develop HEARTS: A curriculum-based healthy relationships promoting intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism. 2021 Jun 12; 13623613211024521. PMID: 34120485. Read At: PubMed
  • Rothman E.F., Campbell J.K., Quinn E, Smith S, Xuan Z. Evaluation of the One Love Escalation Workshop for Dating Abuse Prevention: a Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot Study with a Sample of US Navy Sailors. Prev Sci. 2021 Apr 14. PMID: 33855672. Read At: PubMed
  • Taft C.T., Franz M.R., Cole HE, D’Avanzato C, Rothman E.F. Examining strength at home for preventing intimate partner violence in civilians. J Fam Psychol. 2021 Sep; 35(6):857-862. PMID: 33734765. Read At: PubMed
  • Rothman E.F., Cuevas C.A., Mumford E.A., Bahrami E., Taylor B.G. The Psychometric Properties of the Measure of Adolescent Relationship Harassment and Abuse (MARSHA) With a Nationally Representative Sample of U.S. Youth. J Interpers Violence. 2021 Jan 05; 886260520985480. PMID: 33399026. Read At: PubMed
  • Rothman E.F., Beckmeyer J.J., Herbenick D., Fu T.C., Dodge B., Fortenberry J.D. The Prevalence of Using Pornography for Information About How to Have Sex: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey of U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults. Arch Sex Behav. 2021 02; 50(2):629-646. PMID: 33398696. Read At: PubMed
  • Adhia, A., Bair-Merritt, M., Broder-Fingert, S., Nunez Pepen, R.A., Suarez-Rocha, A.C., & Rothman, E.F. The Critical Lack of Data on Alcohol and Marijuana Use by U.S. Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism in Adulthood. 2020.Read At: Custom
  • Banyard, V.L., Edwards, K.M., Rizzo, A.J., Rothman, E.F., Greenberg, P., Kearns, M.C. Improving social norms and actions to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence: A pilot study of the impact of Green Dot Community on youth. Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion. 2020. Read At: Custom
  • Campbell J.K., Poage S.M., Godley S., Rothman E.F. Social Anxiety as a Consequence of Non-consensually Disseminated Sexually Explicit Media Victimization. J Interpers Violence. 2020 Oct 27; 886260520967150. PMID: 33107385. Read At: PubMed
  • Stone R., Campbell J.K., Kinney D., Rothman E.F. “He Would Take My Shoes and All the Baby’s Warm Winter Gear so We Couldn’t Leave”: Barriers to Safety and Recovery Experienced by a Sample of Vermont Women With Partner Violence and Opioid Use Disorder Experiences. J Rural Health. 2021 01; 37(1):35-44. PMID: 32929780. Read At: PubMed
  • Rothman, E.F., Bair-Merritt, M., Broder-Fingert, S. A feasibility test of an online class to prevent dating violence for autistic youth: Safer Dating for Youth on the Autism Spectrum. Journal of Family Violence. 2020.

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