Emily F. Rothman, ScD

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences

Emily Rothman
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


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, A1 on NPR, Weekend edition on NPR, provided expert advice on dating violence to Seventeen magazine, and her research has been featured in or she has been quoted by the New York Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, The Atlantic, Vox.com, the Huffington Post, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Teen Vogue, among others.

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

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 2/6/2018

    Rothman EF, Paruk J, Banyard V. The Escalation Dating Abuse Workshop for College Students: Results of an efficacy RCT. J Am Coll Health. 2018 Feb 06; 0. PMID: 29405867.

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  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Rothman EF, Stoklosa H, Baldwin SB, Chisolm-Straker M, Price RK, Atkinson HG. Rothman et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2018 Feb; 108(2):e9. PMID: 29320277.

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  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Rothman EF, Baldwin SB, Stoklosa H, Chisolm-Straker M, Price RK, Atkinson HG. Rothman et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2018 Feb; 108(2):e10-e11. PMID: 29320295.

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  • Published on 9/19/2017

    Díez C, Kurland RP, Rothman EF, Bair-Merritt M, Fleegler E, Xuan Z, Galea S, Ross CS, Kalesan B, Goss KA, Siegel M. State Intimate Partner Violence-Related Firearm Laws and Intimate Partner Homicide Rates in the United States, 1991 to 2015. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Oct 17; 167(8):536-543. PMID: 28975202.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Vu C, Rothman E, Kistin CJ, Barton K, Bulman B, Budzak-Garza A, Olson-Dorff D, Bair-Merritt MH. Adapting the Patient-Centered Medical Home to Address Psychosocial Adversity: Results of a Qualitative Study. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep - Oct; 17(7S):S115-S122. PMID: 28865642.

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  • Published on 7/1/2017

    Rothman EF, Stoklosa H, Baldwin SB, Chisolm-Straker M, Kato Price R, Atkinson HG. Public Health Research Priorities to Address US Human Trafficking. Am J Public Health. 2017 Jul; 107(7):1045-1047. PMID: 28590857.

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  • Published on 5/8/2017

    Chen FR, Rothman EF, Jaffee SR. Early Puberty, Friendship Group Characteristics, and Dating Abuse in US Girls. Pediatrics. 2017 Jun; 139(6). PMID: 28562261.

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  • Published on 4/27/2017


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  • Published on 4/24/2017

    Rothman EF, Paruk J, Espensen A, Temple JR, Adams K. A Qualitative Study of What US Parents Say and Do When Their Young Children See Pornography. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Nov - Dec; 17(8):844-849. PMID: 28450081.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Penti B, Tran H, Timmons J, Rothman EF, Wilkinson J. Physicians' Experiences with Male Patients Who Perpetrate Intimate Partner Violence. J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Mar-Apr; 30(2):239-247. PMID: 28379831.

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