My motivation to join SaferSpaces:
Catherine L. Ward is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, USA. Her research interests are in violence prevention from the perspective of children’s development, and particularly in public health approaches to this – in developing evidence-based approaches to violence prevention that have a wide reach and are effective in improving children’s development and reducing their likelihood of becoming aggressive.
Much of her current work is focused on preventing child maltreatment, and on understanding the epidemiology of risk factors faced by South African children at school. She has edited two books in the violence prevention field.
With Amelia van der Merwe and Andrew Dawes, she produced the edited volume Youth violence: Sources and solutions in South Africa. The book reviews the current state of the science in understanding how to prevent children from becoming aggressive, and how to adapt the evidence-base for use in low- and middle-income countries. It is available here: https://open.uct.ac.za/bitstream/handle/11427/2422/Youth_Violence_Sources.pdf?sequence=1
With Peter Donnelly from St Andrews University, she edited the Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence and Policy, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. This book presents the current state of the science in violence prevention broadly, and is the first of its kind.