Catherine (Cathy) Lesesne, PhD, MPH, has more than 20 years of public health experience directing U.S. federal programs and research and evaluation projects. She leads the sexual health portfolio of work at ICF, serves as PI on evaluations of multiple adolescent and school health initiatives in districts across the country, and directs research and evaluation initiatives across other public health topics. She is an experienced community psychologist with expertise in applied research and evaluation design and methods. Dr. Lesesne is also well-versed in taking research to action through the development of implementation supports such as evaluation capacity-building tools, adaptation guidance, and dissemination of evidence-based public health interventions.
Prior to joining ICF, Dr. Lesesne was a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she served as an expert in adolescent sexual health, community-based research, translation and dissemination research, and capacity-building training and technical assistance.
Dr. Lesesne has authored more than 30 articles, and she has frequently published in peer-reviewed journals such as LGBT Health, Preventing Chronic Disease Journal, Pediatrics, and American Journal of Community Psychology.