Emily Rothman

Emily F. Rothman, ScD

Professor, Occupational Therapy - Boston University School of Public Health


Emily F. Rothman is a Professor 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.

Dr. Rothman has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications that span the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, firearm violence, and pornography. Most recently she has undertaken a new line of research on transition-age autistic youth and young adults. Her focus is on marginalized populations and health inequity. She has been the PI of research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others.

Dr. Rothman has provided violence-related consulting to multiple state Departments of Public Health and coalitions of domestic violence programs. 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, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Teen Vogue and other media outlets.

She currently teaches
SB 751: Sexual Violence Prevention
SB750: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
SB752: Sexually explicit media and public health methods

Other Positions

  • Chair, Occupational Therapy - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Emergency Medicine - Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Pediatrics - Boston University School of Medicine


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Maternal & Child Health
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Wesleyan University, BA Field of Study: English Literature


  • Published on 11/23/2021

    Rothman EF, Heller S, Graham Holmes L. Sexual, physical, and emotional aggression, experienced by autistic vs. non-autistic U.S. college students. J Am Coll Health. 2021 Nov 23; 1-9. PMID: 34813724.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 10/12/2021

    Chisolm-Straker M, Singer E, Strong D, Loo GT, Rothman EF, Clesca C, d'Etienne J, Alanis N, Richardson LD. Validation of a screening tool for labor and sex trafficking among emergency department patients. J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2021 Oct; 2(5):e12558. PMID: 34667976.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 6/12/2021

    Rothman EF, 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.

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  • Published on 4/14/2021

    Rothman EF, Campbell JK, 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 11; 22(8):1060-1070. PMID: 33855672.

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  • Published on 3/18/2021

    Taft CT, Franz MR, Cole HE, D'Avanzato C, Rothman EF. Examining strength at home for preventing intimate partner violence in civilians. J Fam Psychol. 2021 Sep; 35(6):857-862. PMID: 33734765.

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  • Published on 1/5/2021

    Rothman EF, Cuevas CA, Mumford EA, Bahrami E, Taylor BG. 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.

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  • Published on 1/4/2021

    Rothman EF, Beckmeyer JJ, Herbenick D, Fu TC, Dodge B, Fortenberry JD. 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
  • Published on 12/11/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 10/29/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 10/27/2020

    Campbell JK, Poage SM, Godley S, Rothman EF. Social Anxiety as a Consequence of Non-consensually Disseminated Sexually Explicit Media Victimization. J Interpers Violence. 2020 Oct 27; 886260520967150. PMID: 33107385.

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