Lauren B Cattaneo

Lauren B Cattaneo

Lauren B Cattaneo

Associate Professor

Intimate partner violence, client-centered services, empowerment, community-based learning, civic engagement

Dr. Cattaneo earned her doctorate in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland (College Park) in 2001, and joined the faculty of George Mason University in 2003. Dr. Cattaneo applies a community psychology orientation to her work, centering on the ways psychology can help to address social problems. Community psychology focuses on the multiple layers of context influencing individuals and groups. Within the area of intimate partner violence, Dr. Cattaneo’s research has focused on the key constructs of empowerment and survivor-centered practice to explore the best ways to assist survivors. With a grant from the Spencer Foundation, Dr. Cattaneo has also begun to explore the ways in which community-based learning can promote prosocial attitudes and civic engagement among students. In research and teaching, Dr. Cattaneo prioritizes partnership with community organizations to inform and share her work.

Selected Publications

*Calton, J.M., Cattaneo, L.B. & *Gebhard, K.T. (in press). Barriers to helpseeking for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer survivors of intimate partner violence. Trauma, Violence and Abuse.

Cattaneo, L.B., *Grossmann, J.L & *Chapman, A.R. (in press). The goals of IPV survivors receiving orders of protection: An application of the empowerment process model. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Goodman, L.A., Cattaneo, L.B., Thomas, K, *Woulfe, J., *Chong, S.K. & Smyth, K.F. (2014) Advancing domestic violence program evaluation: Development and validation of the Measure of Victim Empowerment Related to Safety (MOVERS). Psychology of Violence

Cattaneo, L.B. & Goodman, L.A. (2015). What is empowerment anyway? A model for domestic violence practice, research and evaluation. Psychology of Violence, 5(1), 84-94.

Brodsky, A. & Cattaneo, L.B. (2013). The transconceptual model of empowerment and resilience: Divergence, convergence and interactions in kindred community concepts. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52, 333-346.

Cattaneo, L.B., *Dunn, J.L. & *Chapman, A.R. (2013). The Court Impact Scale: A tool for evaluating IPV victims’ experience in court. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, 1088-1108.

Expanded Publication List

Cattaneo, L.B., Calton, J.M. & Brodsky, A.E. (2014). Status quo versus status quake: Putting the power back in empowerment. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(4), 433-446.

Cattaneo, L.B. & Chapman, A.R. (2010). The process of empowerment: A model for use in research and practice. American Psychologist, 65(7), 646-659.

Bennett Cattaneo, L. & Goodman, L. (2010). Through the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence: The relationship between empowerment in the court system and wellbeing for intimate partner violence victims. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 481-502.

Bennett Cattaneo, L. (2010). The role of socioeconomic status in interactions with police among a national sample of women experiencing intimate partner violence. American Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 247-258.

Courses Taught

PSYC 325 Abnormal Psyc

PSYC 427 Community Engagement for Social Change

PSYC 830 History and Systems of Personality and Psychotherapy

PSYC 883 Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice


Recent Presentations

Cattaneo, L.B. & Goodman, L.A. (2014, July). What do we mean by empowerment? The need for clear definition of a key outcome. In L.B. Cattaneo (Chair), Where rigor meets relevance: A research-practice collaboration to understand and measure safety-related empowerment. Symposium presented at the Fifteenth International Family Violence Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Cattaneo, L.B. (2013, November). A client-centered approach to risk assessment. Invited workshop at Real Safety: Domestic Violence Conference, Safe Horizon, New York City.

Bennett Cattaneo, L. & Goodman, L.A. (2013, July). Refining empowerment as a framework for research and evaluation in intimate partner violence. Paper presented at the Society for Community Research and Practice Biennial Conference, Miami, FL.

Bennett Cattaneo, L. (2012, July). The Court Impact Scale: A measure of victim experiences in court. Paper presented at the Fourteenth International Family Violence Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Dissertations Supervised

Rachel E. Shor, The Impact of Disclosure on Resilience Resources During Help-seeking for Sexual Assault (2018)

Jenna Calton, The Impact of Minority Stress on LGBTQ Individuals’ Intentions to Seek Help for Intimate Partner Violence (2016)

Jessica Grossmann, Examining the Impact of Parenthood and Family Connectedness on Offenders' Reentry Experiences (2015)

Heidi DeLoveh, Where do I Turn? A Qualitative Investigation of College Students' Helpseeking Decisions After Sexual Assault Victimization (2014)

Aliya Chapman, Marital Power and Marital Satisfaction among American Muslims (2013)

Adriana Pilafova, Familialism, Privacy of Problems and Egalitarianism as Predictors of Recognition and Disclosure of Abuse (2011)