Phyllis Holditch Niolon, PhD

Phyllis Niolon

Senior Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Rigorous methodological designs for testing interventions

Phyllis Holditch Niolon, PhD, is  the senior scientist for Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the office of the Director of Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.  Dr. Niolon serves as a senior subject matter expert (SME) on ACEs, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Teen Dating Violence (TDV). In this role, she coordinates the Division of Violence Prevention’s work relating to the prevention of ACEs and collaborates with both internal and external partners on advancing the field of ACEs prevention and response. She responds to high-level information requests from the legislative and executive branches of government and from the media relating to the topics of ACEs, IPV and TDV.  She is the lead author of the Division’s technical package on the prevention of IPV, Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices. Since 2009, she has served as the lead of the randomized controlled trial evaluating the comparative effectiveness of CDC’s Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative.

Dr. Niolon graduated with High Distinction with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She received her masters and doctorate of philosophy in Community Psychology from Georgia State University. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Violence Prevention for one year, she joined DVP as a behavioral scientist in 2006. She has published multiple peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and government documents on the topics of violence prevention.