Kathleen C. Basile, PhD

Kathleen Basile

Senior Scientist, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Sexual violence
  • Intimate partner violence

Kathleen C. Basile, PhD, serves as a Senior Scientist in the Office of the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. She is responsible for providing leadership, planning, and guidance to Division management and staff on scientific policy, training, and research priorities on violence prevention topics. DVP is the primary CDC/ATSDR organization tasked with surveillance, etiology, evaluation, and program dissemination and implementation across many violence topics, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, youth violence, suicide and elder abuse. Dr. Basile is a DVP subject matter expert for sexual violence definitions, research, evidence-based prevention strategies, and surveillance and also has expertise in intimate partner violence definitions, research and surveillance.

Dr. Basile began her career at CDC in 2000 in DVP as a behavioral scientist. She served as acting team lead of the Etiology Team and then served as permanent team lead for seven years before the division reorganized and she moved to lead the Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch of DVP until 2016. Before coming to CDC, she served as a research associate in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Dr. Basile received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Alfred University in Alfred, NY, and her Master of Arts and doctorate degrees in sociology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She has authored or coauthored more than 100 presentations, journal articles, chapters, reports, and other publications. She has guest lectured regularly at Emory University since 2004 and has received several awards and nominations for her work in public health.