Katrina Debnam, holds a joint faculty appointment in the Curry School of Education & Human Development and the School of Nursing at UVA. Dr. Debnam holds a psychology degree from Morgan State University, a MPH from UNC Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Maryland. Dr. Debnam has considerable expertise in research design, intervention implementation and fidelity, process and outcome evaluation, and data analysis and management within large school-based randomized controlled trials. As a researcher and scientist at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health for over 13 years, she honed an interest in mixed method research approaches to combatting adolescent dating abuse, promoting adolescent violence prevention, culturally responsive schools, school climate initiatives, and faith-based programs that aim to improve young people’s lives.
Dr. Debnam is on the editorial board of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, chair of the Early Career Preventionists Network for the Society for Prevention Research, and reviews manuscripts for a host of journals, including Prevention Science, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Research on Adolescence. A member of the Maryland team that leads management, implementation and evaluation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in more than 800 public schools, she teaches a course on mixed methods research to both nursing and education students.
Dr. Debnam will be accepting a student for Fall 2020 in the PhD program.
Research FocusTeen dating violence, youth violence prevention, school climate, spirituality
Teaching FocusMixed methods research, program evaluation, scholarly writing
Elmore, C., Mitchell, E. M., Debnam, K., Keim-Malpass, J., Tanabe, K. O., & Hauck, F. R. (2022). Predictors of cervical cancer screening for refugee women attending an international family medicine clinic in the United States. Cancer Causes and Control, 33(10), 1295-1304. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10552-022-01612-8
Debnam, K. J., Edwards, K., Maeng, J., & Cornell, D. (2022). Educational leaders’ perceptions and uses of school climate data. Journal of School Leadership, 32(4), 362-383. https://doi.org/10.1177/10526846211001878
Debnam, K. J., Milam, A. J., & Finigan-Carr, N. (2022). Superwoman, racial identity, and teen dating violence victimization among young black women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(17-18), NP15970-NP15991. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211021984
Diaz Ramos, N., Alvarez, C., & Debnam, K. (2021). Teen dating violence and the acceptability of a safety-decision aid: Perspectives from Puerto Rican youth. Hispanic Health Care International, 19(3), 146-154. https://doi.org/10.1177/1540415320985588
Debnam, K. J., Milam, A., Bottiani, J., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2021). Teacher-student incongruence in perceptions of school equity: Associations with student perceived connectedness in middle and high school. Journal of School Health, 91(9), 706-713. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.13062
Thomas, D. E., Bradshaw, C. P., Bottiani, J. H., McDaniel, H., & Debnam, K. J. (2021). Coping power in the city: Promoting coping in African American male students. Professional School Counseling, 25, 0. https://doi.org/10.1177/2156759X211040002
Debnam, K. J., Edwards, K., & Cornell, D. (2021). Improving the school environment: School staff perceptions of school climate data and reporting practices. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(6), 1965-1982. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22500
Laughon, K., Bloom, T., Amar, A. F., & Debnam, K. (2021). Conceptualizing an approach to secondary prevention of relationship violence among college students. Journal of American College Health, 69(7), 798-805. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2019.1706535
Bradshaw, C. P., Pas, E. T., Debnam, K. J., & Johnson, S. L. (2021). A randomized controlled trial of MTSS-B in high schools: Improving classroom management to prevent EBDs. Remedial and Special Education, 42(1), 44-59. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741932520966727
Debnam, K. J. & Temple, J. R. (2021). Dating matters and the future of teen dating violence prevention. Prevention Science, 22(2), 187-192. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01169-5
Debnam, K. J., & Mauer, V. (2021). Who, when, how, and why bystanders intervene in physical and emotional teen dating violence. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 22(1), 54-67. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838018806505
Debnam, K. J., & Kumodzi, T. (2021). Adolescent perceptions of an interactive mobile application to respond to teen dating violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(13-14), 6828-6837. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518821455
Lindstrom Johnson, S., Alfonso, Y. N., Pas, E., Debnam, K., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2020). Scaling-up positive behavioral interventions and supports: Costs and their distribution across state, districts, and schools. School Psychology Review, 49(4), 399-414. https://doi.org/10.1080/2372966X.2020.1777831
Bradshaw, C. P., Debnam, K. J., Player, D., Bowden, B., & Lindstrom Johnson, S. (2020). A mixed-methods approach for embedding cost analysis within fidelity assessment in school-based programs. Behavioral Disorders, 0, 0. https://doi.org/10.1177/0198742920944850
Howard, D. E., Debnam, K. J., Jones, C., Saboori, Z., Aiken, N., & O’Brien, S. A. (2020). Personal Religiosity and Adolescent Females’ Characterizations of Healthy Dating Dynamics. Children and Teenagers, 3(II), 11-35. https://doi.org/10.22158/ct.v3n2p11
Gaias, L. M., Lindstrom Johnson, S., Bottiani, J. H., Debnam, K. J., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2019). Examining teachers' classroom management profiles: Incorporating a focus on culturally responsive practice. Journal of School Psychology, 76, 124-139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp.2019.07.017
Cash, A. H., Debnam, K. J., Waasdorp, T., Wahl, M., Bradshaw, C. P. (2019). Adult and student interactions in nonclassroom settings. Journal of Educational Psychology, 111(1), 104-117. https://doi.org/10.1037/edu0000275
Pas, E., Johnson, S., Debnam, K., & Bradshaw, C. (2019). Examining the relative utility of fidelity of PBIS implementation scores in relation to student outcomes. Remedial and Special Education, 40(1), 6-15. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741932518805192
Alvarez, C., Debnam, K., Clough, A., Alexander, K., & Glass, N. (2018). Responding to intimate partner violence: Healthcare providers’ current practices and views on integrating a safety decision aid into primary care settings. Research in Nursing & Health, 41(2), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.21853
Debnam, K. J., Saha, S., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2018). Synthetic and other drug use among high school students: The role of perceived prevalence, access, and harms. Substance Use and Misuse, 53(12), 2069-2076. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2018.1455699
Debnam, K., Lindstrom Johnson, S., Colome, S., Bran, J., & Upadhya, K. (2018). The impact of adolescent dating violence training for primary care providers. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 32(2), 19-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2017.09.004.
Bradshaw, C. P, Pas, E. T., Bottiani, J., Debnam, K. J., Reinke, W., Herman, K., & Rosenberg, M. (2018). Promoting cultural responsivity and student engagement through double check coaching of classroom teachers: An efficacy study. School Psychology Review, 47(2), 118-134. https://doi.org/10.17105/SPR-2017-0119.V47-2
Milam, A., Jones, C., Debnam, K., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2017). School environments and obesity: The mediating role of personal stress. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(VI), 715-726. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.21888
Ludin, S., Bottiani, J. H., Debnam, K., Solis, M. G. O., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2017). A cross-national comparison of risk factors for teen dating violence in Mexico and the United States. Journal of youth and adolescence, 47(III), 547-559. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-017-0701-9
Howard, D. E., Debnam, K. J., & Strauss, A. (2017). “I’m a stalker and proud of it”: Adolescent girls’ perceptions of the mixed utilities associated with internet and social networking use in their dating relationships. Youth & Society, 49(3), 271-294. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118x17716948
Parker, E., Lindstrom Johnson, S., Milam, A., Debnam, K. J., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2017). Teen dating violence victimization among high school students: A multilevel analysis of school level risk factors. Journal of School Health, 87(IX), 696-704. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12538
Bottiani, J.H., Larson, K., Debnam, K., Bischoff, C., & Bradshaw, C.P. (2017). Promoting educators’ use of culturally responsive practices: A systematic review of in-service interventions. Journal of Teacher Education, 69(IV), 367-385. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022487117722553
Debnam, K. J., Milam, A. J., Mullen, M. M., Lacey, K., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2017). The Moderating Role of Spirituality in the Association between Stress and Substance Use Among Adolescents: Differences by Gender. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(IV), 818-828. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-017-0687-3
Debnam, K. J., Waasdorp, T., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2016). Examining the contemporaneous occurrence of bullying and teen dating violence victimization. School Psychology Quarterly, 31(1), 76-90. https://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000124
Debnam, K. J., Milam, A., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2016). The role of stress and spirituality in adolescent substance use. Substance Use and Misuse, 51(6), 733-741. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2016.1155224
Debnam, K. J., Howard, D. E., Garza, M. A., & Green, K. M. (2016). African American girls’ ideal dating relationship now and in the future. Youth and Society, 0(0), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118x14535417
Parker, E. M., Debnam, K., Pas, E. T., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2016). Exploring the link between alcohol and marijuana use and teen dating violence victimization among high school students: The influence of school context. Health Education & Behavior, 43(5), 528-36. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198115605308
Phelan, E. A., Debnam, K. J., Anderson, L. A., & Owens, S. B. (2015). A systematic review of intervention studies to prevent hospitalizations of community-dwelling older adults with dementia. Medical Care, 53, 207-13. https://doi.org/10.1097/mlr.0000000000000294
Pas, E.T., Cash, A.H., O’Brennan, L., Debnam, K., & Bradshaw, C.P. (2015). Profiles of classroom behavior in high schools: Associations with teacher behavior management strategies and classroom composition. Journal of School Psychology, 53(1), 137-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp.2014.12.005
Howard, D. E., Debnam, K. J., Cham, H., Czinn, A., Aiken, N., Jordan, J., & Goldman, R. (2015). The (mal) adaptive value of mid-adolescent dating relationship labels. Journal of Primary Prevention, 36(3), 187-203.
Debnam, K. J., Pas, E. T., *Bottiani, J., Cash, A., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2015). An examination of the association between observed and self-reported culturally responsive teaching practices. Psychology in the Schools, 52, 533-548. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.21845
Bradshaw, C. P, Pas, E. T., Debnam, K. J., & Lindstrom Johnson, S. (2015). A Focus on Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in High Schools: Associations With Bullying and Other Indicators of School Disorder. School Psychology Review, 44(4), 480-498. https://doi.org/10.17105/spr-15-0105.1
Holt, Cheryl L., Clark, E. M., Debnam, K, & Roth, D. (2014). Religion and health in African Americans: The role of religious coping. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38, 190-199. https://doi.org/10.5993/ajhb.38.2.4
Holt, Cheryl L., Clark, E. M., Roth, D., & Debnam, K. (2014). Positive self-perceptions as a mediator of religious involvement and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 102-112. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-012-9472-7
Debnam, K. J., Johnson, S. L., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2014). Examining the association between bullying and adolescent concerns about teen dating violence. Journal of School Health, 84, 421-428. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12170
Debnam, K. J., Johnson, S. L., Waasdorp, T., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2014). Equity, connection, and engagement in the school context to promote positive youth development. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 447-459. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12083
Debnam, K. J., Howard, D. E, & Garza, M. E. (2014). “If you don’t have honesty in a relationship, then there is no relationship”: African American girls’ characterization of healthy dating relationships, a qualitative study. Journal of Primary Prevention, 35, 397-407. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-014-0362-3
Bradshaw, C.P., Waasdorp, T.E., Debnam, K.J., & Lindstrom Johnson, S. (2014). Measuring school climate: A focus on safety, engagement, and the environment. Journal of School Health, 84, 593-604. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12186
Bradshaw, C.P., Debnam, K.D., Lindstrom Johnson, S., Pas, E.T., Hershfeldt, P., Alexander, A., Barrett, S., & Leaf, P.J. (2014). Maryland’s evolving system of social, emotional, and behavioral interventions in the public schools: The maryland safe and supportive schools project. Adolescent Psychiatry, 4, 194-206. https://doi.org/10.2174/221067660403140912163120
Holt, C. L., Litaker, M., Scarinci, I. C., Debnam, K., McDavid, C., McNeal, S. F., Eloubeidi, M., Crowther, M., Bolland, J., & Martin, M. Y. (2013). Spiritually-based intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening among African Americans: Screening and theory-based outcomes from a randomized trial. Health Education & Behavior, 40, 458-468. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198112459651
Howard, D. E., Debnam, K. J., & Wang, M. Q. (2013). 10 year trends in physical dating violence victimization among U. S. adolescent females. Journal of School Health, 83, 389-399. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12042
Debnam, K. J., Pas, E., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2013). Factors influencing staff perceptions of administrator support for tier 2 and 3 interventions: A multilevel perspective. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21, 116-126. https://doi.org/10.1177/1063426611410571
Lindstrom-Johnson, S., Waasdorp, T., Debnam, K. J., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2013). The role of bystander perceptions and school climate in influencing victims’ responses to bullying: To retaliate or seek support. Journal of Criminology, 0(0), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/780460
Debnam, K., Holt, Cheryl L., Clark, E. M., Roth, D., & Southward, P. L. (2012). Religious and general social support and health lifestyle behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 179-189. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-011-9338-4
Debnam, K., Holt, Cheryl L., Clark, E. M., Roth, D., Foushee, H. R., Crowther, M., Fouad, M., & Southward, P. L. (2012). Spiritual health locus of control and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36, 360-372. https://doi.org/10.5993/ajhb.36.3.7
Debnam, K. J., Pas, E., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2012). Secondary and tertiary support systems in schools implementing school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS): A descriptive analysis. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 14, 142-152. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098300712436844
Bottiani, J. H.,* Bradshaw, C. P., Rosenberg, M. S., Hershfeldt, P. A., Pell, K. L., & Debnam, K. J. (2012). Applying Double Check to response to intervention: Culturally responsive practices for learning disabilities. Insight on Learning Disabilities: Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices, 9, 93-107. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.21845
Howard, D. E., Debnam, K. J., Wang, M. Q., & Gilchrist, B. (2012). 10 year trends in physical dating violence victimization among U. S. adolescent males. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 32, 283-305. https://doi.org/10.2190/iq.32.4.c
Holt, C. L., Scarinci, I. C., Debnam, K., McDavid, C., Litaker, M., McNeal, S. F., Southward, V., Lee, C., Eloubeidi, M., Crowther, M., Bolland, J., & Martin, M. Y. (2012). Spiritually based intervention to increase colorectal cancer awareness among African Americans: Intermediate outcomes from a randomized trial. Journal of Health Communication, 17(1), 1028-1049. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2012.665418
Debnam, K. & Beck, K. H. (2011). Driving while Black: A comparison of the beliefs, concerns and behaviors of Black and White maryland drivers. Traffic Injury Prevention, 12, 599-603. https://doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2011.615354
Holt, C. L., Clark, E. M., Debnam, K., Williams, B., Schulz, E., & Wang, M. Q. (2010). Social and Religious Support in Physical and Emotional Functioning in a National Sample of African Americans. In Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39(1), 216.
Holt, C. L., Wynn, T. A., Debnam, K., Litaker, M., Jeames, S., Schoenberger, Y., Southward, P.,& Simons, V. (2010). Cancer awareness in alternative settings: Lessons learned and evaluation of the barbershop men’s health project. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 4, 100-110.
Bradshaw, C. P., Debnam, K. J., Koth, C. W., & Leaf, P. J. (2009). Preliminary validation of the implementation phases inventory (IPI) for assessing fidelity of school-wide positive behavior supports. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 11, 145-160.
Debnam, K. J., Bradshaw, C. P., Pas, E. H., & Lindstrom-Johnson, S. (2015). School as a unit of analysis in group randomized controlled trials. In K. Bosworth (Eds.), Prevention science in school settings: Complex relationships and processes (pp. 247-269). Springer