Catherine Kaukinen

Catherine Kaukinen

Catherine (Katie) Kaukinen, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Catherine Kaukinen is a Sociologist who takes a cross-national and comparative perspective to examine broad interests related to Violence Against Women (VAW). Her research interests include intimate partner violence, risk and protective factors for violent victimization, the history of Title IX and Federal initiatives to address violence against college women, and the evaluation of campus-based violence against women prevention and intervention programs. She has received over $2.2 million in grants and contracts, with the majority of these sponsored programs as a principal investigator to support her work addressing VAW. Kaukinen has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, Canadian Embassy, Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC), and the CDOC Division of Adult Parole. Kaukinen’s funding from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) was used to develop and coordinate campus services and programs to reduce violence against women (VAW). These grants supported violence prevention, outreach, and awareness on five college campuses impacting over 35,000 students and have included the training of practitioners to address VAW, and the evaluation of campus-wide bystander education using an experimental design based on three data collections. Her research has appeared in Criminology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, and Violence & Victims, among other outlets. Diversity, inclusion, equity, and globalization are central to Dr. Kaukinen’s scholarship, teaching, service, and community engagement. Her approach to higher education leadership, along with her role as a teaching faculty member and researcher is to recognize, value, and celebrate the unique perspectives and experiences of faculty, staff, and students across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and veteran status. Dr. Kaukinen is committed to promoting and sustaining an environment that supports and encourages academic excellence and innovative scholarship and partnerships that help to support faculty and transform student learning experiences.

Updated: Aug 12, 2020