The Susan B. Anthony Center works to bring awareness to, and advocate for, social justice and equality. We work in collaboration with the University community and partner with a wide range of local, national, and international organizations to fulfill our goal of translating research into policy. We conduct this work in the spirit of Susan B. Anthony, who fought tirelessly throughout her life for the betterment of disenfranchised populations.
Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD, Director
Dr. Cerulli is the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV) and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester. She has been dedicated to addressing domestic violence for over three decades, in a variety of capacities. Dr. Cerulli has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and other federal institutes to conduct studies that examine myriad issues related to violence, including mental health and victim safety. She was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, where she created a special misdemeanor domestic violence unit in 1995, and still practices law today. The Susan B. Anthony Center faculty and staff have been working on a local, state and national level to raise the profile of disenfranchised populations and examine ways to integrate science into policy. Additionally, the team has been reviewing letters written by Susan B. Anthony to examine what advice she would likely offer women in today’s world. Dr. Cerulli created a leadership series for faculty, staff and students that is comprised of small workshops, six week programs, and co-found a four-day seminar for Associate Professors. Students have the opportunity to co-lead some of these initiatives. The LIVV faculty have partnered with Dr. Cerulli to work with the National Domestic Violence IPV hotline to help address the intersection of violence and mental health. Dr. Cerulli works internationally to ameliorate violence against women through mentoring international scholars. A recent project addressed the health and welfare of sex workers and trafficking victims in Laos. She is also working in the Sub-Mekong region on a multisite project examining IPV during pregnancy, depression, and child health outcomes related to birth weight and immunization compliance. She is a founding Board Member for the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester, Inc., a grass roots organization providing emergency respite care for greater Rochester area families with young children. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Center for Youth as well as SARDAA, Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, working for equity for individuals facing severe mental health issues.
John Cullen, PhD, Assistant Director
Dr. Cullen is the Assistant Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Research Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization at the University of Rochester Medical Center. John has a strong commitment to human rights, social justice, and diversity. His work involves community outreach, healthcare disparities, and vulnerable populations. He has effectively negotiated policy change by bringing together various constituencies and providing a voice for those who often are not empowered to speak on their own behalf due to stigma, shame, or fear of reprisal. He worked to add gender identity and gender expression to the University’s non-discrimination policy. Through his efforts, Strong Memorial Hospital has received national recognition as a leader in LGBT healthcare through the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index since 2013. In addition to being a recipient of the 2014 University of Rochester Presidential Diversity Award, John has received numerous awards and accolades from local, national and international organizations.
Kirsten Buscetto, MS, Programming and Community Engagement Specialist
Kirsten Buscetto is the Programming and Community Engagement Specialist at the Susan B. Anthony Center. She was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She started her college career at Monroe Community College where she graduated with an associate degree in liberal arts. Afterwards, she attended and graduated from St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor of Arts in communications/journalism with a focus in public relations and a minor in marketing. She later graduated from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester with a master’s degree in higher education leadership. Kirsten leads the Center’s student engagement initiatives, including the Susan B. Anthony Center Ambassadors (community volunteer program) and Student Advisory Board, plans and coordinates Center events, oversees daily office operations, and supervises student staff. Prior to working at the Center, she worked in community relations, volunteer development, outreach, and event planning in the non-profit field. She enjoys working at the Center in a university setting where she can build collaborative relationships with people on-campus and in the Rochester community to advocate for equity for all people.
Bruno Sacatucua, Program Assistant
Bruno Sacatucua is currently a senior at the University of Rochester studying a BA in International Relations and History. He currently works at the Susan B Anthony Center as program assistant. He started at this position on the summer of 2017 and his work focus on addressing underrepresented ethnicities issues. He is part of the Susan B Anthony Student Advisory Board and other student groups that advocate for social justice at the University of Rochester.
Amber Williams, Student Project Assistant
Amber Williams is an SBAC Student Project Assistant for the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia (CWGEA). As one of continuing members of the SA Task Force to Review Sexual Misconduct Policy, Amber has overseen the merge of the Task Force with CWGEA and now manages undergraduate initiatives of CWGEA. Amber is a senior majoring in English: Language, Media, and Communications and Pre-Law. She has been an activist for eight years, holding various positions back home in Texas, at UR, and the national level. Formerly a National Student Advisor for It’s On Us, Co-President of UR College Feminists, Vice-President of UR SEGway, Undergraduate Representative of UR Veteran’s Alliance, and Managing Editor of The Rival Rochester, Amber now focuses her efforts as the Senior Co-Chair on the foundation, survival, and expansion of the University of Rochester It’s On Us Committee while advocating for sexual violence survivors and the education of UR students.
Sachi Inoue, Project Assistant
Sachi Inoue is a Project Assistant at the Susan B. Anthony Center and supports research efforts conducted by Dr. Catherine Cerulli. She grew up in the Philippines before attending the University of Rochester, but also has lived in Japan and China. She is currently a senior majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Health, Behavior, and Society under the Public Health program. On campus, she is part of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed community service fraternity, the International Student Mentor Program, and has volunteered through the Friends of Strong Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital. In the past, she has conducted biomedical research at the University of Rochester Medical Center on HIV-associated neuroinflammation. At the Center, Sachi supports research on topics such as gender-based violence, perinatal depression, and sex work in South and Southeast Asia. She is passionate about sexual and reproductive health concerns and associated issues that impact health outcomes of marginalized populations such as women and members of the LGBTQ community.
Katie Wong, Office Assistant
Katie Wong is a sophomore double majoring in Health, Behavior, and Society and American Sign Language. She has been an office assistant at the Susan B. Anthony Center since fall 2018, where she coordinates the SBAC Ambassadors Program and the Student Advisory Board. On campus, she is involved in MERT, the student-run volunteer EMS agency, and is on the execute board of ASL Club. Katie is also involved in community-engaged research on the long term effects of HRT on trans individuals.