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Kate Guastaferro

Assistant Research Professor

404 HHD Building


Kate is committed to the prevention of child maltreatment. Toward that end, she collaborates with Jennie Noll on the implementation and evaluation of a state-wide child sexual abuse prevention strategy. She also uses advanced methods, including latent class analysis (LCA) and time-varying effect modeling (TVEM) to inform intervention development.

Her passion is research methods that can lead to the development of more effective interventions. Toward that end, she works closely with Linda Collins to develop and apply the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), a framework for building interventions that are effective, efficacious, economical, and immediately scalable. Currently, they are applying MOST to a variety of significant public health problems including HIV/AIDS prevention and risky behaviors among college students.

She works at the intersection of prevention science and methodology. Her long-term goal is to develop child maltreatment prevention interventions that follow the MOST framework.

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Recent Publications

The Multiphase Optimization Strategy for developing and evaluating psychological interventions

Guastaferro, K., Shenk, C.E., & Collins, L. (2019). The Multiphase Optimization Strategy for developing and evaluating psychological interventions. In A.G.C. Wright & M.N. Hallquist (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Clinical Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 267-278.