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Research Specialist




PhD Candidate (Anticipated May 2024)
MS, Psychology, Brenau University 
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University


Caterina (she/her) has been on the Children’s Mental Health Evaluation (CMHE) project team since she started with Health Affairs Institute in July 2021. Initially, Caterina joined the team as a PhD student researcher and made the transition to her current position as a Research Specialist in August 2022. Caterina’s primary focus is qualitative research which includes tasks such as interview development and facilitation, quality analysis, qualitative coding and analysis, and data dissemination. She has also worked with survey administration, presentations and publications, IRB submissions, and syndromic data analysis.  

Before joining Health Affairs, Caterina spent her academic career learning and applying mental health fundamentals with clients, study participants, and students. Caterina’s combined background in psychology and public health has equipped her with the knowledge and expertise needed in population health and public health surveillance and behavioral health. Through the CMHE project, Caterina is given daily opportunities to improve and expand her working knowledge while also improving the lives of her fellow West Virginians.


Published Works:

  • Stansbury, R., Rudisill, T., Salyer, R., Kirk, B., De Fazio, C., Baus, A., … & Feinberg, J. (2022). Provider Perspectives on Sleep Apnea from Appalachia: A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(15), 4449. 
  • Claydon, E. A., Ward, R. M., Davidov, D. M., DeFazio, C., Smith, K. Z., & Zullig, K. J. (2022). The relationship between sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and eating disorder symptomatology among college students. Violence and victims, 37(1), 63-76. 
  • Claydon, E. A., DeFazio, C., Lilly, C. L., & Zullig, K. J. (2020). Life satisfaction among a clinical eating disorder population. Journal of Eating Disorders, 8(1), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40337-020-00326-z 
  • Dennis, T., De Fazio, C., English, R., & Sattelmeier, B. (2019). Creative Coping Strategies: Reducing Academic Stress in College Students (Order No. 13864789). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.