Beth Molnar

Beth MolnarProfessor Beth E. Molnar is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and an Associate Director at the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP), as well as a member of the core faculty of the MPH program in Urban Health, at Northeastern University. Dr. Molnar’s research is grounded in three public health domains: social epidemiology, prevention science, and psychiatric epidemiology.  Studies focus on three major areas: (1) violent, traumatic experiences (such as child maltreatment, sexual violence, community violence) and the ways that they affect children and youth, (2) the social context of high-risk behaviors such as youth violence among adolescents (the latter often being sequelae of the first,), and development and evaluation of preventive interventions for multiple forms of violence. One main area of Dr. Molnar’s expertise is multilevel methods, where she utilizes neighborhood-level analyses for insight into both etiology and prevention strategies.  Another main area of expertise is community-based participatory research methodology, from systematic needs assessments to multilevel research designs, to survey/measures development, to evaluation research, to implementation, to analyses and dissemination. Prior to joining Northeastern, Dr. Molnar was an Associate Professor of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.  She received her Doctor of Science and Master of Science in Health and Social Behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Beth Molnar, ScD

Associate Director
Associate Professor of Health Sciences
Associate Director of IUHRP

Phone: (617) 373-8936

Selected Publications

Hepburn L, Azrael D, Molnar BE, Miller M.  Bullying and suicidal behaviors among urban high school youth.  Journal of Adolescent Health 2012; Vol. 51: 93-95.

Jain S, Buka SL, Subramanian SV, Molnar BE.  Protective factors for youth exposed to violence: Role of developmental assets for building emotional resilience. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 2012; Vol. 10(1): 107-129.

Duncan DT, Piras G, Dunn EC, Johnson RM, Melly SJ, Molnar BE. The built environment and depressive symptoms among urban youth: A spatial regression study.  Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology (in press).

Schmidt NM, Tchetgen EJ, Ehntholt A, Almeida J, Nguyen QC, Molnar BE, Azrael D, Osypuk TL. Does neighborhood collective efficacy for families change over time? The Boston Neighborhood Survey. Journal of Community Psychology (in press).

Pabayo R, Kawachi I, Molnar BE. Witnessing a violent death and smoking, alcohol consumption, and marijuana use among adolescents. Journal of Urban Health (in press).