Diane J. Abatemarco, Ph.D., MSW
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-0686 fax
Most Recent Peer-reviewed Publications
- A qualitative exploration of the role of social networks in educating urban African American adolescents about sex
- Using genograms to understand pediatric practices' readiness for change to prevent abuse and neglect
- Fitwits MD™: An office-based tool and games for conversations about obesity with 9- to 12-year-old children
- Small Changes Can Have Large Impacts: Health Care Overhaul Should Include Child Maltreatment Prevention in Primary Care
- Anxiety and optimism associated with gestational age at birth and fetal growth
MSW - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Ph.D. - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Associate Professor, Jefferson School of Population Health 2009
Research and Clinical Interests
maternal child health, health care for children, childhood obesity, tobacco use and treatment, etc
Dr. Abatemarco's primary research is focused on innovative methods of enhancing health care for children and systems for maternal child health. She is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of Practicing Safety, a study to evaluate a pediatric-based practice change intervention to prevent maltreatment of children 0 to 3 years of age. Dr. Abatemarco and her Co-PI, Dr. Stephen Kairys, are developing a proposal to implement Practicing Safety in a national sample of pediatric practices. The work has been highlighted recently as an AHRQ Innovation.
She is also the implementation and evaluation consultant to Fitwits, an intervention to prevent and reduce child obesity. Dr. Abatemarco recently was the Primary Investigator of a US/Croatian Healthy Cities Partnership to delay the onset of alcohol use among adolescents in Split, Croatia. She has worked actively with the nation of Croatia on two separately funded projects. Her studies include comprehensive quasi-experimental and experimental designs and the use of qualitative and quantitative methods.