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Mary Catherine Maternowska

Child Protection Specialist

M. Catherine Maternowska is a Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist at UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti. She has extensive field experience in socio-medical research, evaluation, and programming. Trained in economics, public health and medical anthropology, she has published numerous peer review articles and a book on population and poverty in Haiti. She has also published in the popular press on public health and children's issues. Her experience managing donor-financed national, regional and global health programs has focused on child protection and sexual and reproductive health with expertise in gender-based violence policy, prevention, care, and treatment. She held a faculty position at the University of California, San Francisco for ten years until 2010. At Innocenti she leads a multi-country study on the drivers of violence affecting children. She has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a MPH from the University of Michigan.
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Is Routine Screening for Intimate Partner Violence Feasible in Public Health Care Settings in Kenya? (2016)

C. C. Undie, Mary Catherine Maternowska, M. Mak'anyengo, I. Askew
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 31 (2) , pp. 282-301.

Violence Against Children in the Asia Pacific Region (2015)

Michael P. Dunne, Wan Yuen Choo, Bernadette Madrid, Ramya Subrahmanian, Lauren Rumble, Stephen Blight, Mary Catherine Maternowska
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 27 (8)


Investigating the driversof violence affecting children in Viet Nam (04 Apr 2017)

A couple of years ago the view of the perfectly terraced rice paddy fields of Viet Nam from my airplane window seemed both beautiful and unn ...

Bringing data on violence out of the shadows in Peru: a 25 year journey (21 Nov 2016)

In 1990, during my first visit to Lima, Peru, the streets were crammed with vendors, pedestrians, vehicles of every description and young ...


Mary Catherine Maternowska on the drivers of violence affecting children

Mary Catherine Maternowska podcast on Peru makes progress on violence against children


Adolescent wellbeing

A four year programme on social and structural determinants of adolescent wellbeing in low and middle income countries.

Violence affecting children

Building research capacity to generate evidence on the drivers of violence affecting children and on the most effective interventions.