Catherine Kastleman joined the Duke University Superfund Research Center in June 2016 as the Program Coordinator for Research Translation, Outreach, and Engagement. At the SRC, Catherine focuses on community engagement and translating research related to early-life exposures to toxins that have impacts in later life. Catherine earned her Master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she gained skills in environmental health sciences and risk assessment and served as a Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
Her professional background is in sustainable food systems and community organizing, and she has experience in non-profit and government settings using community-based participatory research methods, communicating scientific research to the public and decision makers, and conducting utilization-focused evaluation to build organizational capacity and improve community health outcomes. She holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University with a concentration in Food, Health, and Environment. Catherine is a North Carolina native, and she is thrilled to be working with the team at DUSRC to promote public health in her home state by facilitating knowledge-sharing between researchers and communities.