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Judith McFarlane, Dr.P.H., RN
Professor and Parry Nursing Chair in Health Promotion - Houston Center

Dr. Judith McFarlane is the Parry Chair in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. Dr. McFarlane has her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Florida and her doctorate from the University of Texas. Dr. McFarlane conducts research on the health effects of violence against women and children and the effectiveness of interventions to prevent further violence. 

Her research has been funded by the National Center for Injury Prevention, Agency for Health Research & Quality, The National Institute of Justice, and the National Institutes of Health. Her research findings have been presented to congressional committees, cited on CNN, and used globally to set standards of care for women and children.  

Dr. McFarlane works internationally to design and evaluate community-based programs to prevent violence against poor women in Pakistan and Bangladesh where she is testing economic skill building as an intervention to interrupt abuse. Dr. McFarlane is a co-investigator of a study conducted in Houston and South Africa to establish the intersection of partner abuse and HIV infection. 

In 2010 Dr. McFarlane was funded with $2.6 million dollars by the Houston Endowment to complete a 7-year study on abused women and children who use shelters and justice services for the first time. The safety, work, health, and functioning of the women and their children will be described to offer evidence for global policy and practice standards for the care of abused women and their children.

In May and July 2014, Dr. McFarlane began work with UNICEF to evaluate violence intervention strategies for mother/child survival in Zimbabwe.

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