Katie A. Ports, PhD

Katie Ports

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Child abuse and neglect prevention

Katie Ports, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist for the Research and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Ports is CDC’s subject matter expert on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). As a behavioral scientist, she provides scientific leadership and assistance to external and internal research and evaluation projects focused on preventing ACEs. Her current work examines risk and protective factors for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in order to identify and improve evidence-based prevention strategies that address health outcomes and inequities across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in policy-level prevention strategies that prevent ACEs and inequity at the population level.

Dr. Ports received her BA in psychology from California State University in San Marcos, CA and her MS and PhD in experimental psychology from University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Ports started her career at CDC as an ORISE Fellow in DVP’s Surveillance Branch in 2014. During her career at CDC, Dr. Ports has served as a scientific officer on multiple research studies examining the impact of prevention strategies on multiple forms of violence, including sexual violence, teen dating violence, and child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Ports has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, government publications, and book chapters and given numerous presentations at international, national, state or local conferences or meetings. Topics address ACEs and violence as a public health problem, health equity, and prevention strategies based on the best available evidence.