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Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award

Beth Moracco

Kathryn E. Moracco

Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Associate Director, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

Professor Kathryn E. “Beth” Moracco has an impressive track record of service and dedication in numerous areas: as a public health practitioner and researcher, a mentor, an administrator and an instructor who works tirelessly to positive effect.

Dr. Moracco’s research program is dedicated to the widespread public health problem of gender-based violence. As a leading expert in the prevention and reduction of intimate partner violence, she studies the implementation of domestic violence protective orders and the effectiveness of programs to prevent rape and teen dating violence. Her body of work impacts hundreds, if not thousands, of lives in North Carolina and beyond.

As a professor, Dr. Moracco is recognized as a dedicated mentor and instructor. She has won numerous teaching awards since joining the faculty in 2008. She has served as director of her department’s Master of Public Health program since 2012 and has been instrumental in using her evaluation, implementation and scholarly expertise to strengthen the program.

Dr. Moracco’s work lies at the intersection of academia and practice; her research is always applied. She engages with community members and leaders through every step so that she can ensure that her research will have immediate utility and will benefit people, so that they can in turn be empowered to find solutions. She embodies the ideal of a public health leader, working with communities and individuals, with constant sensitivity to their needs.