Beth E. Molnar, ScD

Associate Professor, Director, PhD Program in Population Health

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty, Global Resilience Institute, Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research

Office: 323 INV

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 617.373.8936

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Beth E. Molnar is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist. Dr. Molnar’s research is grounded in three public health domains: social epidemiology, prevention science, and psychiatric epidemiology.  Studies focus on three major areas: (1) violent, traumatic experiences (e.g. child maltreatment, sexual violence, community violence) and the ways that they affect children, youth and those who serve populations who have experienced trauma; (2) the social context of high-risk behaviors such as youth violence among adolescents (the latter often being sequelae of the first); and (3) development and evaluation of violence prevention and early childhood mental health interventions. Dr. Molnar was the PI of the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) project, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, an evidence-informed web-based resource available for organizations that work with people who have experienced trauma, helping organizations take better care of employees who do this empathic work. Current studies include evaluating the development and roll-out of a model intervention to improve organizations of first responders and victim services professionals exposed to vicarious trauma, and efforts to better serve very young children in the child welfare system and communities with lower resources who need services for social and emotional disorders. In addition to her university roles, she is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (President 2014-2019).



Harvard University: Sc. D., Public Health, 1999

Harvard University: S.M., Public Health, 1996

University of California: B.S., Psychobiology, 1988


Northeastern Centers & Institutes

Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research (IHESJR)

Research Interests:

Trauma, Child Maltreatment, Social Epidemiology, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Violence Prevention, Evaluation


Community and Public Health PHTH 2350

Population Health Research PHTH 6400 – Part I, PHTH 6410 – Part II

Public Health and Healthcare Systems Dialogue of Civilizations – Summer II – includes PHTH 1261 and PHTH 2351 (will be in Spain in 2020)

Selected Recent Publications:

Molnar BE, Lees K, Roper K, Byars N, Mendez-Penate L, Moulin C, McMullen W, Wolfe J, Allen D. Enhancing early childhood mental health primary care services: Evaluation of MA Project LAUNCH. Journal of Maternal & Child Health 2018; 22(10): 1502-1510. Free to download:

Beatriz ED, Lincoln A, Alder J, Daley N, Simmons F, Ibeh K, Figueroa C, Molnar BE.* Evaluation of a teen dating violence prevention intervention among urban middle-school youth using Youth Participatory Action Research: Lessons learned from Start Strong Boston Journal of Family Violence, Published online ahead of print 7/20/18.

Molnar BE, Sprang G, Killian KD, Gottfried R, Emery V, Bride BE. Advancing science & practice for vicarious traumatization/secondary traumatic stress: A research agenda. Traumatology 2017; 23(2): 129-142.

Molnar BE, Beatriz ED, Beardslee WR. Community-level approaches to child maltreatment prevention. Trauma, Violence & Abuse 2016; Vol. 17(4): 387-97.

Molnar BE, Goerge RM, Gilsanz P, Subramanian SV, Holton JK, Hill A, Duncan DT, Beatriz ED, Beardslee WR. Neighborhood-level social processes and substantiated cases of child maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect 2016; Vol. 51: 41-53. (Winner of journal’s award for “Paper of the Year – 2016”)

Molnar BE, Buka SL, Kessler RC. Child sexual abuse and subsequent psychopathology: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey. American Journal of Public Health 2001; Vol. 91(5): 753-760.


Selected Public Service:

2007-Present Member, Board of Directors (President from 2014-2019), Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

2010-Present Member, Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection (WGCMDC), International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)

2013-Present Member, Editorial Board, Child Abuse & Neglect, the journal of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)

2019-Present Member, Technical Expert Panel, The First National Study of Child Maltreatment in Australia, 2019-23

2010-Present Reviewer of Grants, National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); Psychosocial Development, Risk & Prevention study section, Risk Prevention/Health Behavior Integrated Review Group – Ad hoc member