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), Associate 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.
Kirsten Buscetto, Program Coordinator
Kirsten Buscetto is the Program Coordinator of the Susan B. Anthony Center, at the University of Rochester. 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. She then 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. Before starting 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 positive relationships with people in the campus community as well as the Rochester community.
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.
Chizi Onyekwere, Student Assistant
Chizi Onyekwere is currently a senior at the University of Rochester majoring in both Health, Behavior, and Society (Public Health) and Psychology. She started at the Susan B. Anthony Center in September of 2015. She is a Co-Investigator on research projected aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the Monroe County Pretrial Service’s interventions with the human trafficking population and the Co-Investigator and Study Coordinator of a maternity related research project. She is a member of MOVE, an organization dedicated to engaging men in ending sexual violence.
Nick Kasper, Student Assistant
Nick Kasper is a senior majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in American Sign Language. He joined the Susan B. Anthony Center in May 2016. Nick recently finished writing a Student Transition Handbook for trans U of R students, and is also working closely with Safe Space to create a “Trans 101” workshop for faculty and staff. On campus, Nick is a member of the Midnight Ramblers All-Male A Cappella group and the ASL Club.
Laura Cowie-Haskell, Student Assistant
Laura is a junior majoring in anthropology with a minor in psychology at the U of R. She is co-president of Students for a Democratic Society, an organization focused on activism for social justice issues. She is also on the executive board of She’s the First, a fundraising and engagement organization for girls’ education, and on the Student Life Committee for the Student’s Association.