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Emily Putnam-Hornstein - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Emily Putnam-Hornstein Emily Putnam-Hornstein

Associate Professor of Social Work Dept. of Children Youth and Families | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Putnam-Hornstein’s research focuses on the application of epidemiological methods to improve the surveillance of child abuse and neglect






HCDS 2013  Integrating Data for Research and Analysis Predictive Risk Modeling: A Tool for Child Protection? - Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Ph.D. Professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein at Conrad N  Hilton Foundation (2013)



Emily Putnam-Hornstein joined the faculty in 2011 after completing her doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently directs the Children’s Data Network, an agency, university and community collaborative funded by First 5 LA and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (co-director: Jacquelyn McCroskey). The Children’s Data Network provides a platform for the linkage and analysis of large-scale, administrative data sources to inform children’s policies and programs. Putnam-Hornstein also maintains an appointment at the UC Berkeley California Child Welfare Indicators Project, a long-standing child welfare data and research collaboration with the California Department of Social Services.

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, offering insight into where scarce public resources may be most efficiently targeted and informing an understanding of vulnerable children within a broader, population-based context. She is a member of the Data Linkage Committee for California’s Child Welfare Council, the California Vital Statistics Advisory and Vital Records Protection Committee, and serves as the state-appointed co-chair of the Data and Performance Measurement and Outcomes Work Group (California Continuum of Care Reform Initiative, Senate Bill 1013). Her teaching interests include quantitative methods, child and family policy, and child welfare practice. Putnam-Hornstein graduated from Yale with a BA in Psychology, received her MSW from Columbia University, and earned her PhD in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.

Education (3)

University of California, Berkeley: PhD 2011

Columbia University: MSSW 2005

Yale University: BA 2000

Areas of Expertise (6)

Child Abuse/Maltreatment Epidemiology Social Work Education Social Work Child Welfare Child Abuse and Neglect

Industry Expertise (4)

Social Services Research Education/Learning Health and Wellness

Accomplishments (2)

Commissioner’s Award, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (professional)


Award for Best Dissertation Research, Society for Social Work Research (professional)



Articles & Publications (3)

Risk of re-reporting among infants who remain at home following alleged maltreatment Child maltreatment

Emily Putnam-Hornstein, James David Simon, Andrea Lane Eastman, Joseph Magruder


Maltreatment that begins during infancy is likely to be chronic in duration and developmentally consequential if the appropriate intervention is not delivered. Repeated reports of maltreatment may signal unmet service needs. This study prospectively followed infants who remained at home following an initial report of maltreatment to determine the rate of re-reporting within 5 years...

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The prevalence of confirmed maltreatment among US children, 2004 to 2011 JAMA pediatrics

Christopher Wildeman, Natalia Emanuel, John M Leventhal, Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Jane Waldfogel, Hedwig Lee


Child maltreatment is a risk factor for poor health throughout the life course. Existing estimates of the proportion of the US population maltreated during childhood are based on retrospective self-reports. Records of officially confirmed maltreatment have been used to produce annual rather than cumulative counts of maltreated individuals...

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Cumulative teen birth rates among girls in foster care at age 17: An analysis of linked birth and child protection records from California Child abuse & neglect

Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Bryn King


This study used linked foster care and birth records to provide a longitudinal, population-level examination of the incidence of first and repeat births among girls who were in foster care at age 17. Girls in a foster care placement in California at the age of 17 between 2003 and 2007 were identified from statewide child protection records. These records were probabilistically matched to vital birth records spanning the period from 2001 to 2010...

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