Emily F. Rothman, ScD

Professor, Occupational Therapy

Emily Rothman
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


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 and the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Rothman has authored more than 115 peer-reviewed publications that span the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, firearm violence, and pornography. 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

Other Positions

  • Chair, Occupational Therapy, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • 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 5/19/2022

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/2/2022

    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. 2022 May 02; 13623613221091319. PMID: 35499489.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/1/2022

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/14/2022

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/9/2022

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/23/2021

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/12/2021

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/12/2021

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/14/2021

    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. PMID: 33855672.

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  • Published on 3/18/2021

    Taft CT, Franz MR, Cole HE, D'Avanzato C, Rothman EF. Examining strength at home for preventing intimate partner violence in civilians. J Fam Psychol. 2021 Sep; 35(6):857-862. PMID: 33734765.

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