Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

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Christine M. Forke, MSN, RN, CRNP

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Research Director, Nurse Practitioner


Christine M. Forke, RN, MSN, CRNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and research director for the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine. During the past 19 years, she has been involved in the development, execution, and analysis of multiple clinical research projects related to adolescent health and risk behaviors. She has served as the project manager of multiple large-scale studies related to access to care, sexual initiation and reproduction, relationship violence, eating disorders, and others. Ms. Forke's primary interests relate to reproductive health and intimate partner violence.


In 2003, she chaired the Task Force on Intimate Partner Violence at the Institute for Safe Families, then a non-profit agency in Philadelphia. Under her leadership, the task force implemented a study on intimate partner violence on three local college to assess campus resources and student knowledge of these resources, estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence among college students, and query students and staff about which resources they would find most helpful in dealing with intimate partner violence on campus.




Forke CM, Myers RK, Catallozzi M, Schwarz DF.  Relationship violence among male and female college undergraduate students. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2008; 162(7): 634-641.


Cronholm PF, Forke CM, Wade R Jr., Bair-Merritt MH, Davis M, Harkins-Schwarz M, Pachter LM, Fein JA. Adverse Childhood experiences: Expanding the concept of adversity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2015; 49(3): 354-361. 


Myers RK, Nelson DB, Forke CM. Prevalence of stalking victimization among female and male undergraduate students. Journal of College Student Development, in press.


Wade R Jr., Cronholm PF, Fein JA, Forke CM, Davis M, Harkins-Schwarz M, Pachter LM, Bloom SL, Bair-Merritt MH.  Household and community-level adverse childhood experiences and adult health outcomes in a diverse urban population. Child Abuse & Neglect, in press.