Emily Putnam-Hornstein, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Social Work
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    Society for Social Work Research2012Award for Best Dissertation Research

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    EMILY PUTNAM-HORNSTEIN joined the faculty in 2011 after completing her doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. With an interest in child maltreatment, public child welfare systems, and extensive experience in administrative data analysis, Putnam-Hornstein’s current research focuses on the application of epidemiological methods to improve the surveillance of non-fatal and fatal child abuse and neglect. Putnam-Hornstein’s dissertation, funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, involved the linkage of 4.3 million birth records to more than 500,000 child protective service records and 25,000 death records from California. Analysis of this repository has generated knowledge as to where scarce child welfare resources may be most effectively targeted and advances an understanding of maltreated children within a broader, population-level context. Next steps involve expanding this repository to include statewide emergency department and hospitalization data, while generating further linkages to examine intergenerational child maltreatment dynamics.

    Putnam-Hornstein also maintains an appointment as a research associate for the Child Welfare Performance Indicators Project at UC Berkeley’s Center for Social Services Research, a longstanding child welfare data and research collaboration with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). She has taken the lead in developing child welfare data trainings provided to state and county child welfare administrators, frontline child protective service workers, legislative staff, and other professionals. She also provides ongoing technical assistance to CDSS, oversees data linkage projects, and serves as a consultant to other state child welfare agencies in their use of data.

    She is a member of the Data Linkage Committee for California’s Child Welfare Council and a member of the Society for Social Work and Research, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the National Association of Social Workers. Her teaching interests include quantitative methods, child and family policy, and child welfare practice. Before pursuing her PhD, Putnam-Hornstein worked as a child welfare caseworker in New York City.

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    1. Putnam-Hornstein E, Prindle JJ, Leventhal JM. Prenatal Substance Exposure and Reporting of Child Maltreatment by Race and Ethnicity. Pediatrics. 2016 09; 138(3). PMID: 27519445.
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    2. Putnam-Hornstein E, Hammond I, Eastman AL, McCroskey J, Webster D. Extended Foster Care for Transition-Age Youth: An Opportunity for Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Apr; 58(4):485-487. PMID: 26853490.
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    3. Putnam-Hornstein E, Simon JD, Eastman AL, Magruder J. Risk of re-reporting among infants who remain at home following alleged maltreatment. Child Maltreat. 2015 May; 20(2):92-103. PMID: 25416553.
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    4. Putnam-Hornstein E, Schneiderman JU, Cleves MA, Magruder J, Krous HF. A prospective study of sudden unexpected infant death after reported maltreatment. J Pediatr. 2014 Jan; 164(1):142-8. PMID: 24139442.
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    5. Putnam-Hornstein E, Cederbaum JA, King B, Cleveland J, Needell B. A population-based examination of maltreatment history among adolescent mothers in California. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Dec; 53(6):794-7. PMID: 24054914.
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    6. Putnam-Hornstein E. Preventable injury deaths: a population-based proxy of child maltreatment risk in California. Public Health Rep. 2012 Mar-Apr; 127(2):163-72. PMID: 22379216.
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