Dr. Catherine Lesesne has more than 16 years of public health experience directing federal programs and evaluation. She leads evaluation of policy-level interventions to prevent childhood obesity and child maltreatment, evaluates multiple adolescent and school health initiatives in districts across the country, and directs research and evalution initiatives across other public health topics.
Formerly, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Lesesne served as an expert in community-based research, translation and dissemination research, capacity building training and technical assistance, empowerment evaluation, and adolescent sexual health. She is a community psychologist with experience in applied research methods, including development and testing of evaluation capacity building tools, adaptation guidance, and dissemination of evidence-based public health interventions.
Dr. Lesesne is frequently published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Preventing Chronic Disease Journal, the Pediatrics Journal, and the American Journal of Community Psychology and has authored over 20 articles.