Emily F Rothman, ScD
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Dept of Occupational Therapy

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MS, Harvard School of Public Health
BA, Wesleyan University

Emily F. Rothman is Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy at Boston University's Sargent College. She also has secondary appointments at the BU School of Public Health in Community Health Sciences, and at the BU School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Rothman has authored more than 125 peer-reviewed publications that span the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, firearm violence, and pornography. She is also the author of the book Pornography and Public Health (2021), published by Oxford University Press. Most recently she has undertaken a new line of research on autistic youth and young adults. Her focus is on marginalized populations and health inequity. She has been the PI of research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others.

Dr. Rothman has provided violence-related consulting to multiple state Departments of Public Health and coalitions of domestic violence programs. She is frequently consulted by media. She has appeared on the Today Show on NBC, and her research has been featured on NPR and by the New York Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Teen Vogue and other media outlets.

Affiliation: BU CRC Faculty/Staff

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Occupational Therapy

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Pediatrics

Understanding the Physical and Psychological Health and Wellness Needs of Minor Sex Trafficking Victims
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Northeastern University Dept of Justice NIJ

Strength at Home Couples Program: Examining Sexual Aggression
09/15/2020 - 09/14/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Emily F Rothman, ScD
Department of Defense/Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity

Online education for high school students to reduce HIV and related sexual behavior risk
05/17/2021 - 04/30/2023 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Kimberly M. Nelson, PhD, MPH
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Underage alcohol use in youth with autism spectrum disorder
05/15/2020 - 04/30/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Development and feasibility of an online, group intervention for transition-age youth with ASD to promote healthy relationships: Career enhancement for an adolescent health intervention researcher
05/01/2020 - 04/30/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

An e-learning training for college sexual assault response service providers to meet the needs of autistic students
02/01/2022 - 01/31/2023 (PI)
Organization for Autism Research, Inc.

Preventing and Responding to Cyberstalking: Nationally Representative Data for Policy and Interventions
11/01/2019 - 10/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
NORC at the University of Chicago Violence A Women DOJ

Building Capacity for CER/PCOR Participation among BIPOC Adults on the Autism Spectrum
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation Patient-Cnt.Out. Res

Recovering in Safety: Addressing the intersectional impact of rural poverty, opioid misuse, and partner violence victimization on marginalized women and children in Vermont
09/15/2018 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Development of a New Measure of Adolescent Dating Aggression: National Norms with a Focus on Marginalized Youth
01/01/2017 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
Department of Justice/NIJ

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Healthy Relationships on the Autism Spectrum: Feasibility and Target Engagement 1R34MH131919-01
2022 Online education for high school students to reduce HIV and related sexual behavior risk 5R21HD105482-02
2021 Online education for high school students to reduce HIV and related sexual behavior risk 1R21HD105482-01
2021 Alcohol use by underage autistic youth 3R21AA027844-01A1S1
2021 Underage alcohol use in youth with autism spectrum disorder 5R21AA027844-02
2021 Development and feasibility of an online, group intervention for transition-age youth with ASD to promote healthy relationships: Career enhancement for an adolescent health intervention researcher 5K18MH122791-02
2020 Underage alcohol use in youth with autism spectrum disorder 1R21AA027844-01A1
2020 Development and feasibility of an online, group intervention for transition-age youth with ASD to promote healthy relationships: Career enhancement for an adolescent health intervention researcher 1K18MH122791-01
2013 Underage alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration 5K01AA017630-05 20
2012 The Temporal Relationship between Youth Drinking and Dating Violence Perpetration 5R03AA020617-02 1
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  1. Rothman EF, Campbell JK, Hoch AM, Bair-Merritt M, Cuevas CA, Taylor B, Mumford EA. Validity of a three-item dating abuse victimization screening tool in a 11-21 year old sample. BMC Pediatr. 2022 Jun 10; 22(1):337.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35689198; PMCID: PMC9185716; DOI: 10.1186/s12887-022-03397-w;
  2. Henninger MW, Clements AD, Kim S, Rothman EF, Bailey BA. Prevalence of Opioid Use and Intimate Partner Violence among Pregnant Women in South-Central Appalachia, USA. Subst Use Misuse. 2022; 57(8):1220-1228. PMID: 35591760
  3. Rothman EF, Graham Holmes L, Brooks D, Krauss S, Caplan R. Reasons for alcohol use and non-use by underage U.S. autistic youth: A qualitative study. Autism. 2023 Jan; 27(1):213-225. PMID: 35499489; PMCID: PMC9626389; DOI: 10.1177/13623613221091319;
  4. Graham Holmes L, Rast JE, Roux AM, Rothman EF. Reproductive Health and Substance Use Education for Autistic Youth. Pediatrics. 2022 Apr 01; 149(Suppl 4). PMID: 35363291
  5. de Vries I, Abeyta S, Lockwood S, Cuevas CA, Rothman E. A Network Approach to Examining Co-occurring Victimization and Perpetration in Dating Abuse Among a Nationally Representative Sample of US Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2022 Jun; 70(6):934-941. PMID: 35177344
  6. Rothman EF, Graham Holmes L, Caplan R, Chiang M, Haberer B, Gallop N, Kadel R, Person M, Sanchez A, Quinn E, Wharmby P. Healthy Relationships on the Autism Spectrum (HEARTS): A feasibility test of an online class co-designed and co-taught with autistic people. Autism. 2022 04; 26(3):690-702. PMID: 35000417; PMCID: PMC8934295; DOI: 10.1177/13623613211069421;
  7. Rothman EF, Heller S, Graham Holmes L. Sexual, physical, and emotional aggression, experienced by autistic vs. non-autistic U.S. college students. J Am Coll Health. 2021 Nov 23; 1-9. PMID: 34813724; PMCID: PMC9124722; DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2021.1996373;
  8. Chisolm-Straker M, Singer E, Strong D, Loo GT, Rothman EF, Clesca C, d'Etienne J, Alanis N, Richardson LD. Validation of a screening tool for labor and sex trafficking among emergency department patients. J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2021 Oct; 2(5):e12558. PMID: 34667976; PMCID: PMC8510141; DOI: 10.1002/emp2.12558;
  9. Rothman EF, Graham Holmes L. Using formative research to develop HEARTS: A curriculum-based healthy relationships promoting intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism. 2022 01; 26(1):160-168. PMID: 34120485; PMCID: PMC8665942; DOI: 10.1177/13623613211024521;
  10. Rothman EF, Campbell JK, Quinn E, Smith S, Xuan Z. Evaluation of the One Love Escalation Workshop for Dating Abuse Prevention: a Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot Study with a Sample of US Navy Sailors. Prev Sci. 2021 11; 22(8):1060-1070.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33855672; DOI: 10.1007/s11121-021-01240-9;
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Bar chart showing 142 publications over 19 distinct years, with a maximum of 20 publications in 2017


Disturbing data on how doctors treat people with disabilities

The Boston Globe 10/11/2022

The gun deal could close the ‘boyfriend loophole.’ Here’s what it is.

The Washington Post 6/14/2022

Helping Autistic Survivors of Sexual Assault

BU Today 4/27/2022

Republicans Have Sex Ed All Wrong

The Atlantic 4/14/2022

The Secret Service’s New Report on Incels Explains Where We Keep Going Wrong

Mel Magazine 3/23/2022

'Secrets of Playboy' raises the question: What's changed for women who pose nude?

USA Today 2/1/2022

Autistic People of Color Serve as Clinical Research Advisors in a New Project

Health City 1/18/2022

After Billie Eilish talks about porn, experts urge parents and kids to have straight talk about sex

CNN 12/23/2021

Billie Eilish’s Brain on Porn

Slate 12/17/2021

Billie Eilish on How Starting to Watch Porn at 11 Still Affects Her Today

Self 12/15/2021

‘Sex Talks’ Should Start Earlier Than You Think

The New York Times 7/28/2021

If You Ignore Porn, You Aren’t Teaching Sex Ed

The New York Times 6/14/2021

Porn Isn’t a Public-Health Crisis

The Atlantic 6/1/2021

How to better support survivors of domestic violence in a pandemic, according to experts

The Lily 5/11/2021

Researcher looks at rural addiction, domestic violence

The Sun 5/6/2021

GOP proposal aims to block pornography on all cell phones, tablets in Utah

FOXBusiness 3/18/2021

Utah campaign against porn marches on with phone filter plan

AP News 3/16/2021

From Princess to President: What are Meghan Markle's Chances of Making It to the White House?

Sputnik International 3/16/2021

A Quarter of America’s Youth Learns About Sex From Porn

Psychology Today 3/1/2021

Porn is the top source of 'sex education' for young adults

Live Science 1/26/2021

Young Adults Misunderstand Porn as a Help Manual to Have Sex: Study

CNN News18 1/8/2021

Young adults say porn is their most helpful source of information about how to have sex

Medical Xpress 1/6/2021

Almost half of US teens who date experience stalking and harassment

The Conversation 8/13/2020

Stalking, Harassment of Partners Common Among Teens

Health Day 7/23/2020

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence

BU Today 4/16/2020

Teaching Your Kids to Be Safe Online: A Hasty Primer

The New York Times 4/2/2020

Teens are bombarded with graphic images of sex that can lead to dangerous ideas, behavior

USA Today 12/19/2019

“Their sexuality has been hijacked”: How porn is affecting America’s kids

CBS News 11/14/2019

How Porn Changes Teens’ Thoughts About Sex

MedPage Today 10/18/2019

What Does the Internet Teach Your Teen About Sex?

Psychology Today 9/16/2019

How to Talk To Kids And Teens About Porn

Mashable 7/18/2019

The Birds And The Bees — And Porn — In The Internet Age

WBUR 6/17/2019

Middle schools can help prevent teen dating violence

Reuters 6/5/2019

What Is Pornography Doing to Our Sex Lives?

The Atlantic 5/28/2019

A growing number of states call porn a public health crisis

Associated Press 5/9/2019

The rise of incels: How a support group for the dateless became a violent internet subculture

Vox 4/23/2019

Charles River, Medical Campus Faculty Promoted to Full Professor

BU Today 2/11/2019

Arizona considers calling porn a public health crisis

CNN 2/9/2019

Why the Government Should Fund Research on Incel Culture

Mother Jones 11/26/2018

Ending Sexual Violence by Raising Better Boys

Slate 10/8/2018

SPH Sexual Violence Class Becomes Forum on Kavanaugh Hearings

BU Today 10/3/2018

The Birds and the Bees… and Porn

Boston Magazine 5/8/2018

Should you consider letting your teen take a porn literacy class?

The Boston Globe 2/14/2018

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

The New York Times 2/7/2018

2012 Futures Without Violence and CDC Foundation: Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award
2011 Society for Prevention Research. : Recipient of the Early Career Prevention Network award
2002-2003 Martha May Eliot Fellowship in Maternal and Child Health
2002-2003 Harvard School of Public Health: Occupational Injury Fellowship
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