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Rachel Cheree Garthe

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Garthe’s research examines the etiology, consequences, and prevention of youth violence, primarily among youth living in urban, low-income communities. Her research examines these topics from a developmental-ecological perspective, seeking to understand the developmental, relational, contextual, and structural/systemic factors associated with violence. Additionally, she researches dating violence and intimate partner violence, specifically looking at how definitions and responses to violence can more inclusive and accessible to historically marginalized populations (e.g., racial and ethnic minority youth, transgender populations, justice-involved women). Through this research, she has focused on guiding violence prevention efforts for youth and adults. Dr. Garthe has led and contributed to numerous research projects examining the development, implementation, and evaluation of school, family, and community-based violence prevention programs.


Prevention Science, The University of Chicago
Developmental Psychology, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Psychology, BA, North Central College
Developmental Psychology, M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Associate Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Affiliate, Center for Social and Behavioral Science

Recent Publications

Blackburn, A. M., Allen, N. E., Griffin, B., & Garthe, R. C. (Accepted/In press). Intimate Partner Violence Among Bisexual-Spectrum Cisgender Undergraduate Women and Their Heterosexual Counterparts: A Preliminary Investigation. Journal of Bisexuality.

Garthe, R. C., Fedock, G., Rieger, A., Hsieh, W. J., McLay, M. M., & Malcome, M. (2024). Women's Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence While Incarcerated: The Measurement Structure, Reliability, and Validity of a Novel Instrument. Violence Against Women, 30(6-7), 1656-1682.

Kim, S., Garthe, R., Hsieh, W. J., & Hong, J. S. (2024). Problematic Social Media Use and Conflict, Social Stress, and Cyber-Victimization Among Early Adolescents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 41(2), 223-233.

Malcome, M. L., Garthe, R. C., Gorman-Smith, D., & Schoeny, M. (Accepted/In press). Depression and the Neighborhood Experience of Black and Latine Adults. Families in Society.

Rieger, A., Campbell, J., & Garthe, R. (Accepted/In press). Connecting to Community: Violence Prevention Barriers, Geography, and Preventionist Perceptions of Community Leadership and Opportunities. Health Promotion Practice.

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