Katherine Bevans, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. She earned a PhD in school psychology at Tulane University and completed post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Bevans’ background is in school psychology and public health and her research is focused on the measurement of children’s perceived health outcomes and promoting child health through school- and community-based initiatives.
Dr. Bevans is a co-investigator for the CHOP site of the Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) network. She applies mixed-method approaches to developing and validating child- and parent-report tools that assess a variety of child health, illness, and wellbeing outcomes. Using methods grounded in item-response theory, she has developed tools to assess quality of life, health behaviors, environmental risk, behavioral health symptoms, stress responses, student engagement, and learning.
Since 2005, she has co-led (with Chris Forrest, MD, PhD) Project Healthy Pathways, a longitudinal school-based study of associations between health and academic performance during the childhood-to-adolescence transition. As a recipient of a CDC-funded Mentored Public Health Research Scientist Development Award, she worked with 34 elementary and middle schools to identify school health program resources, policies, and instructional practices that enhance child health. Through her work with the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, Dr. Bevans has contributed to the development and evaluation of a program aimed at promoting leadership and non-violent conflict resolution among youth who attend after-school programs in Philadelphia. With Steve Leff PhD, Dr. Bevans is co-director of research training for the CHOP-based Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities training program. In this capacity, she provides research training and mentorship to professionals from a variety of disciplines focused on improving outcomes for children with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
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