Caty has provided subject matter expertise and technical assistance for state and community clients, including action-based evaluation, continuous quality improvement, health equity planning, meeting facilitation, and program and organizational sustainability. She is passionate about interpreting and communicating research and evaluation findings to a wide array of audiences, including consumers, providers, community stakeholders, funders, and academic audiences. She is interested in using community-based participatory research methods and equity-driven data analyses to empower communities to address social problems.
Currently, Caty is Principal Investigator of the SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities initiative. As part of SPARC, she is exploring racial inequities in homelessness and housing systems in multiple communities across the country and leveraging findings to provide training and technical assistance in racial equity. She is Senior Research Methodologist for Project Amp, where she is implementing a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of an innovative, peer-delivered brief intervention to adolescents at risk for substance use. She also manages the research on Phase II of a study which tests the effectiveness of a new training tool designed to bring scalable first episode psychosis training to providers across the country.
In prior positions as Research Associate at Hornby Zeller Associates and Senior Coordinator at Boston University’s Center for Addictions Research and Services, she was lead evaluator of multiple federally funded public sector initiatives in substance abuse prevention and treatment, public health, child and family services, and prevention infrastructure. These initiatives include SAMHSA-funded State Adolescent Treatment-Enhancement and Dissemination, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, Targeted Capacity Expansion-HIV, Offender Re-entry Program, and Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant grants. She also has experience evaluating Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants and Administration for Children and Families projects.
Caty has Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire. She brings a “public health social work” perspective by applying a social/racial justice lens and translating findings to community practice. Caty’s research interests include adolescent substance use prevention, racial equity, social determinants of health, and maternal, child, and family health.