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Emily F Rothman, ScD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCommunity Health Sciences
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-1385
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-0113-2577
Other Positions
TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentEmergency Medicine

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPediatrics
DivisionGeneral Pediatrics

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2002-2003Martha May Eliot Fellowship in Maternal and Child Health
2002-2003Harvard School of Public Health: Occupational Injury Fellowship
2011Society for Prevention Research. : Recipient of the Early Career Prevention Network award
2012Futures Without Violence and CDC Foundation: Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Emily F. Rothman is an Associate Professor in the Department 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. She is also a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC). She earned her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004.

Dr. Rothman has authored more than 80 publications that span the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, firearm violence, and pornography. She has been a federally-funded independent investigator since 2009 when she was a awarded a K01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH, NIAAA) to study the relationship between youth alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration. Since that time, she has conducted as principal investigator a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) randomized controlled trial of a dating abuse perpetration intervention in the emergency department setting, a NIJ-funded evaluation of a prevention and intervention program for commercially sexually exploited youth, and a NIH-funded R03 study on the daily relationship between alcohol, marijuana use and dating abuse in a sample of primarily Black and Hispanic, urban-residing, youth. Most recently, she was awarded a NIJ grant to generate new information about dating abuse perpetration from LGBTQ, Native American, Black and Hispanic youth that will result in new survey instruments and clinical screening tools for dating abuse perpetration and victimization.

Dr. Rothman has provided violence-related consulting to the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, multiple state Departments of Public Health and coalitions of domestic violence programs, and given invited lectures at many of the world's most distinguished universities including St. Andrew's in Scotland, Padova University in Italy, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, UC Berkeley School of Law, Columbia Medical School, and others. She has appeared on the Today Show on NBC, On Point with Tom Ashbrook on NPR, Weekend edition on NPR, provided expert advice on dating violence to Seventeen magazine, and her research has been featured or she has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, Newsweek, Vox,com, the Huffington Post, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe among others.

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

 Self-Described Keywords
  • brief intervention
  • dating abuse
  • dating violence
  • sex trafficking
  • motivational interviewing
  • partner violence
  • sexual assault
  • community violence / gang violence
  • youth violence
  • marijuana
  • pornography
  • health disparities
 Publications
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  1. Exner-Cortens D, Eckenrode J, Bunge J, & Rothman EF. . Re-victimization after adolescent dating violence in a matched, national sample of youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2017; 2(60):176-183.
  2. Rothman, EF. Should U.S. physicians support the decriminalization of commercial sex?. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2017; 1(19):110-121.
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  3. Rothman EF, Heeren T, Winter M, Dorfman D, Baughman A, Stuart G. Collecting Self-Reported Data on Dating Abuse Perpetration From a Sample of Primarily Black and Hispanic, Urban-Residing, Young Adults: A Comparison of Timeline Followback Interview and Interactive Voice Response Methods. J Interpers Violence. 2016 Dec 04. PMID: 27920359.
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  4. Stoklosa H, Showalter E, Melnick A, & Rothman EF. . Healthcare providers’ experience with a protocol for the identification, treatment and referral of human trafficking victims. Journal of Human Trafficking. 2016.
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  5. Stoklosa H, Dawson M, Williams-Oni F, & Rothman, EF. . A review of U.S. healthcare institution protocols for the identification and treatment of victims of human trafficking. Journal of Human Trafficking. 2016.
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  6. Fuemmeler BF, Behrman P, Taylor M, Sokol R, Rothman E, Jacobson LT, Wischenka D, Tercyak KP. Child and family health in the era of prevention: new opportunities and challenges. J Behav Med. 2016 Sep 09. PMID: 27613422.
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  7. Goncy EA, Rothman EF. The Reliability and Validity of the Dating Abuse Perpetration Acts Scale in an Urban, Emergency Department-Based Sample of Male and Female Youth. J Interpers Violence. 2016 Jul 20. PMID: 27443413.
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  8. Howell KH, Coffey JK, Fosco GM, Kracke K, Nelson SK, Rothman EF, & Grych JH. Seven reasons to invest in well-being. Psychology of Violence. 2016; 1(6):8-14.
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  9. Siegel MB & Rothman EF. Firearm ownership and the murder of women in the United States: Evidence that the state-level firearm ownership rate is associated with the nonstranger femicide rate. Violence and Gender. 2016; 00(3):1-7.
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  10. Siegel M, Rothman EF. Firearm Ownership and Suicide Rates Among US Men and Women, 1981-2013. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jul; 106(7):1316-22. PMID: 27196643.
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  11. Rothman EF, Wang N. A feasibility test of a brief motivational interview intervention to reduce dating abuse perpetration in a hospital setting. Psychol Violence. 2016 Jul; 6(3):433-441. PMID: 27525169.
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  12. Rothman EF, Nnawulezi N. The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ studies. Intimate Partner Violence--Male. Sage. Thousand Oaks, CA. 2016.
  13. Rothman EF, Nnawulezi N. The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ studies. Intimate Partner Violence--Female. Sage. Thousand Oaks, CA. 2016.
  14. Rothman EF, Adhia A. Adolescent Pornography Use and Dating Violence among a Sample of Primarily Black and Hispanic, Urban-Residing, Underage Youth. Behav Sci (Basel). 2015; 6(1). PMID: 26703744.
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  15. Epstein-Ngo QM, Rothman E. Adolescent Dating Violence in the Emergency Department: Presentation, Screening, and Interventions. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2015 Dec; 26(3):675-91. PMID: 27282018.
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  16. Johnson RM, Fairman B, Gilreath T, Xuan Z, Rothman EF, Parnham T, Furr-Holden CD. Past 15-year trends in adolescent marijuana use: Differences by race/ethnicity and sex. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Oct 1; 155:8-15. PMID: 26361714.
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  17. Johnson RM, Parker EM, Rinehart J, Nail, J, Rothman EF. Neighborhood Factors and Dating Violence Among Youth: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015.
  18. Rothman EF, Bair-Merritt MH, Tharp AT. Beyond the Individual Level: Novel Approaches and Considerations for Multilevel Adolescent Dating Violence Prevention. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep; 49(3):445-7. PMID: 26296442.
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  19. Johnson RM, Parker EM, Rinehart J, Nail J, Rothman EF. Neighborhood Factors and Dating Violence Among Youth: A Systematic Review. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep; 49(3):458-66. PMID: 26296444.
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  20. Rothman EF, Bazzi AR, Bair-Merritt M. “Ill do whatever as long as you keep telling me that I’m important”: A case study illustrating the link between adolescent dating violence and sex trafficking victimization. Journal of Applied Research on Children. 2015.
  21. Rothman EF. Violent reinjury and mortality highlights need for comprehensive care approach. Evidence Based Medicine. [invited commentary]. Evidence Based Medicine. 2015.
  22. Rothman EF. Violent reinjury and mortality highlights the need for a comprehensive care approach to youth presenting for assault-related injury. Evid Based Med. 2015 Jun; 20(3):112. PMID: 25827138.
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  23. Rothman EF, Kaczmarsky C, Burke N, Jansen E, Baughman A. "Without Porn … I Wouldn't Know Half the Things I Know Now": A Qualitative Study of Pornography Use Among a Sample of Urban, Low-Income, Black and Hispanic Youth. J Sex Res. 2015; 52(7):736-46. PMID: 25350847.
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  24. Johnson RM, Duncan DT, Rothman EF, Gilreath TD, Hemenway D, Molnar BE, Azrael D. Fighting With Siblings and With Peers Among Urban High School Students. J Interpers Violence. 2015 Aug; 30(13):2221-37. PMID: 25287411.
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  25. Rothman EF, Xuan Z. Trends in Physical Dating Violence Victimization Among U.S. High School Students, 1999-2011. J Sch Violence. 2014 Jul 1; 13(3):277-290. PMID: 25143760.
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  26. Rothman EF,Linden JA,Baughman AL,Kaczmarsky C,Thompson M. "The Alcohol Just Pissed Me Off": Views About How Alcohol and Marijuana Influence Adolescent Dating Violence Perpetration, Results of a Qualitative Study. Youth and Society. 2013; 1-17.
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  27. Vagi KJ, Rothman EF, Latzman NE, Tharp AT, Hall DM, Breiding MJ. Beyond correlates: a review of risk and protective factors for adolescent dating violence perpetration. J Youth Adolesc. 2013 Apr; 42(4):633-49. PMID: 23385616.
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  28. Exner-Cortens D, Eckenrode J, Rothman E. Longitudinal associations between teen dating violence victimization and adverse health outcomes. Pediatrics. 2013 Jan; 131(1):71-8. PMID: 23230075.
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  29. Liebschutz JM, Rothman EF. Intimate-partner violence--what physicians can do. N Engl J Med. 2012 Nov 29; 367(22):2071-3. PMID: 23190220.
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  30. Rothman EF, Stuart GL, Winter M, Wang N, Bowen DJ, Bernstein J, Vinci R. Youth alcohol use and dating abuse victimization and perpetration: a test of the relationships at the daily level in a sample of pediatric emergency department patients who use alcohol. J Interpers Violence. 2012 Oct; 27(15):2959-79. PMID: 22550149.
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  31. Rothman EF, Nagaswaran A, Johnson RM, Adams KM, Scrivens J, Baughman A. U.S. tabloid magazine coverage of a celebrity dating abuse incident: Rihanna and Chris Brown. J Health Commun. 2012; 17(6):733-44. PMID: 22475328.
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  32. Rothman EF, Decker MR, Miller E, Reed E, Raj A, Silverman JG. Multi-person sex among a sample of adolescent female urban health clinic patients. J Urban Health. 2012 Feb; 89(1):129-37. PMID: 22160481.
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  33. Rothman EF, Sullivan M, Keyes S, Boehmer U. Parents' supportive reactions to sexual orientation disclosure associated with better health: results from a population-based survey of LGB adults in Massachusetts. J Homosex. 2012; 59(2):186-200. PMID: 22335417.
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  34. Shorey RC, Elmquist J, Ninnemann A, Brasfield H, Febres J, Rothman EF, Schonbrun YC, Temple JR, Stuart GL. The Association between Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration, Victimization, and Mental Health among Women Arrested for Domestic Violence. Partner Abuse. 2012 Jan 1; 3(1):3-21. PMID: 22792418.
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  35. Rothman EF, McNaughton Reyes L, Johnson RM, LaValley M. Does the alcohol make them do it? Dating violence perpetration and drinking among youth. Epidemiol Rev. 2012 Jan; 34(1):103-19. PMID: 22128086.
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  36. Rothman EF, Stuart GL, Greenbaum PE, Heeren T, Bowen DJ, Vinci R, Baughman AL, Bernstein J. Drinking style and dating violence in a sample of urban, alcohol-using youth. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2011 Jul; 72(4):555-66. PMID: 21683037.
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  37. Rothman EF, Miller E, Terpeluk A, Glauber A, Randel J. The proportion of U.S. parents who talk with their adolescent children about dating abuse. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Aug; 49(2):216-8. PMID: 21783057.
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  38. Rothman EF, Johnson RM, Young R, Weinberg J, Azrael D, Molnar BE. Neighborhood-level factors associated with physical dating violence perpetration: results of a representative survey conducted in Boston, MA. J Urban Health. 2011 Apr; 88(2):201-13. PMID: 21331747.
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  39. Rothman EF, Exner D, Baughman AL. The prevalence of sexual assault against people who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual in the United States: a systematic review. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2011 Apr; 12(2):55-66. PMID: 21247983.
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  40. Rothman EF, Johnson RM, Azrael D, Hall DM, Weinberg J. Perpetration of physical assault against dating partners, peers, and siblings among a locally representative sample of high school students in Boston, Massachusetts. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Dec; 164(12):1118-24. PMID: 21135340.
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  41. Rothman EF, Bernstein J, Strunin L. Why might adverse childhood experiences lead to underage drinking among US youth? Findings from an emergency department-based qualitative pilot study. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Nov; 45(13):2281-90. PMID: 20482338.
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  42. Rothman EF, Ireland C, Curry L, Polanco A, Baughman A, Thompson D. The Violence Intervention and Prevention team (VIP): results of an action research evaluation. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2010; 4(3):181-8. PMID: 20729608.
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  43. Rothman EF, Meade J, Decker MR. E-mail Use among a sample of intimate partner violence shelter residents. Violence Against Women. 2009 Jun; 15(6):736-44. PMID: 19407335.
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  44. Wise LA, Palmer JR, Rothman EF, Rosenberg L. Childhood abuse and early menarche: findings from the black women's health study. Am J Public Health. 2009 Oct; 99 Suppl 2:S460-6. PMID: 19443822.
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  45. Stuart GL, O'Farrell TJ, Leonard K, Moore TM, Temple JR, Ramsey SE, Stout RL, Kahler CW, Bucossi MM, Andersen SM, Recupero PR, Walsh Z, Schonbrun YC, Strong DR, Rothman EF, Rhatigan DL, Monti PM. Examining the interface between substance misuse and intimate partner violence. Subst Abuse. 2009; 3:25-9. PMID: 24357928.
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  46. Rothman EF, Wise LA, Bernstein E, Bernstein J. The timing of alcohol use and sexual initiation among a sample of Black, Hispanic, and White adolescents. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2009; 8(2):129-45. PMID: 19459121.
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  47. Rothman EF, Corso PS. Propensity for intimate partner abuse and workplace productivity: why employers should care. Violence Against Women. 2008 Sep; 14(9):1054-64. PMID: 18703774.
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  48. Rothman EF, Edwards EM, Heeren T, Hingson RW. Adverse childhood experiences predict earlier age of drinking onset: results from a representative US sample of current or former drinkers. Pediatrics. 2008 Aug; 122(2):e298-304. PMID: 18676515.
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  49. Reed E, Silverman JG, Raj A, Rothman EF, Decker MR, Gottlieb BR, Molnar BE, Miller E. Social and environmental contexts of adolescent and young adult male perpetrators of intimate partner violence: a qualitative study. Am J Mens Health. 2008 Sep; 2(3):260-71. PMID: 19477789.
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  50. Rothman EF, DeJong W, Palfai T, Saitz R. Relationship of age of first drink to alcohol-related consequences among college students with unhealthy alcohol use. Subst Abus. 2008; 29(1):33-41. PMID: 19042317.
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  51. Rothman EF, Corso P. Propensity for Intimate Partner Abuse and Workplace Productivity: Why Employers Should Care: A research note. Violence Against Women. 2008; 9(14):1054-1064.
  52. Rothman EF, Mandel DG, Silverman JG. Abusers' perceptions of the effect of their intimate partner violence on children. Violence Against Women. 2007 Nov; 13(11):1179-91. PMID: 17951591.
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  53. Rothman EF, Cheng DM, Pedley A, Samet JH, Palfai T, Liebschutz JM, Saitz R. Interpersonal violence exposure and alcohol treatment utilization among medical inpatients with alcohol dependence. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2008 Jun; 34(4):464-70. PMID: 17869052.
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  54. Raj A, Reed E, Miller E, Decker MR, Rothman EF, Silverman JG. Contexts of condom use and non-condom use among young adolescent male perpetrators of dating violence. AIDS Care. 2007 Sep; 19(8):970-3. PMID: 17851992.
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  55. Rothman EF, Gupta J, Pavlos C, Dang Q, Coutinho P. Batterer intervention program enrollment and completion among immigrant men in Massachusetts. Violence Against Women. 2007 May; 13(5):527-43. PMID: 17478677.
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  56. Rothman EF, Hathaway J, Stidsen A, de Vries HF. How employment helps female victims of intimate partner violence: a qualitative study. J Occup Health Psychol. 2007 Apr; 12(2):136-43. PMID: 17469996.
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  57. Rothman E, Silverman J. The effect of a college sexual assault prevention program on first-year students' victimization rates. J Am Coll Health. 2007 Mar-Apr; 55(5):283-90. PMID: 17396401.
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  58. Keyes SM, Rothman EF, Zhang Z. Sexual orientation and sexual behavior: results from the Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2002-2006. J LGBT Health Res. 2007; 3(3):1-10. PMID: 19042901.
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  59. Silverman JG, Decker MR, Reed E, Rothman EF, Hathaway JE, Raj A, Miller E. Social norms and beliefs regarding sexual risk and pregnancy involvement among adolescent males treated for dating violence perpetration. J Urban Health. 2006 Jul; 83(4):723-35. PMID: 16845498.
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  60. Rothman EF, Johnson RM, Hemenway D. Gun possession among Massachusetts batterer intervention program enrollees. Eval Rev. 2006 Jun; 30(3):283-95. PMID: 16679497.
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  61. Rothman EF, Hemenway D, Miller M, Azrael D. Batterers' use of guns to threaten intimate partners. J Am Med Womens Assoc. 2005; 60(1):62-8. PMID: 16845765.
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  62. Rothman EF, Perry MJ. Intimate partner abuse perpetrated by employees. J Occup Health Psychol. 2004 Jul; 9(3):238-46. PMID: 15279518.
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  63. Johnson RM LaValley M, Schneider KE, Musci RJ, Pettoruto KP, Rothman ER. (in press). Marijuana use and physical dating violence among adolescents and emerging adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
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