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Dr. Emily Putnam-Hornstein

Dr. Emily Putnam-Hornstein
Dr. Emily Putnam-Hornstein

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.

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