Ms. Catherine Bull is a Senior Research Specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center with a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. Her interests and skills revolve around “smart growth” and healthy community development. As part of the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center (NJSRTSRC), she is responsible for the development and promotion of a statewide school crossing guard training program. Her work has included research into best practices in use across the nation for training and supervising crossing guards, and common practice and experience of crossing guards and their supervisors in New Jersey. She developed the New Jersey Crossing Guard Supervisor Manual, training presentations and other resources. She is a co-instructor for the Crossing Guard Train-the-Trainer course and is the point person for traffic safety officers with issues regarding crossing guards. She has participated in a webinar and other presentations promoting the training program.
Previous work includes preparation of a guidance manual for New Jersey Department of Transportation that addressed best practices in assessing the impact of transportation projects on communities. Catherine contributes to research projects that support pedestrian and bicycle safety, including gathering information on school crossings on state highways, and participates in other research at VTC. Currently, she is involved in research and writing on workforce diversity including literature review, design and implementation of surveys, interviews and focus groups, research analysis, and strategic plan development.
As a member of her local Board of Education, Catherine supports NJSRTSRC efforts to coordinate with school districts on school wellness policies and other initiatives, such as Sustainable Jersey for Schools, that create a healthier environment for the district’s children.