Catherine (Cathy) Lesesne, PhD, MPH, has more than 20 years of public health experience directing U.S. federal programs and large research and evaluation projects. She leads the sexual health portfolio at ICF and serves as director for multiple adolescent and school health research, evaluation, and technical assistance contracts across these and other public health topics. In her current position at ICF, Cathy works closely with CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and is the project director of the Applied Evaluations for Programs That Address Sexual Health Outcomes, Including HIV, STD, and Unintended Pregnancy among Youth and the Program Integrated Assistance (performance monitoring and professional development services) projects, among others. She is also an experienced community psychologist, 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, Cathy 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.
She has authored more than 35 articles and frequently publishes in peer-reviewed journals such as Pediatrics, LGBT Health, Journal of School Health, Preventing Chronic Disease Journal, Journal of School Nursing, and American Journal of Community Psychology.