The Ohio State University College of Social Work Research


Ian Murphy, MPH

Ian joined the College of Social Work in 2018 as a Research Associate after earning his Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. His expertise is in child development, health promotion, community engagement, and research coordination. He also has experience in the observation of parent-child interactions. He is interested in childhood resilience and skill-building – in particular, how mindfulness and other meditation techniques can enhance resilience among children and families.

Project: Program Director


Bridget Freisthler, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

Dr. Freisthler’s expertise is in studying how substance use affects parenting, particularly child abuse and neglect. Her research focuses on how drinking and drug use contexts (e.g., where a person drinks or uses drugs) affect abusive and neglectful parenting practices. She uses geographic information systems (GIS; mapping) to identify those contexts and to develop preventive interventions. She is particularly interested in how the substance use environment (e.g., alcohol outlet and medical marijuana dispensaries) is related to a variety of harms, such as child maltreatment. She is currently focusing efforts on reducing child maltreatment among families misusing opioids.

Project: Co-Principal Investigator


Jennifer Price Wolf, PhD, MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Price Wolf is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento, as well as an Associate Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, California. Dr. Price Wolf studies how physical and social environments influence substance abuse and the well-being of children and families.

Project: Co-Principal Investigator


Caileigh Chadwick, BS, GRA

Caileigh is a Graduate Research Associate and a Masters of Social Work student. She has been on the Freisthler Research Group since January 2018 and works on a variety of projects including EPIC, Ohio START, and ECI. Her work on the team includes assisting with geospatial research, curriculum development, graphic design, data collection and management, and conducting literature reviews.

Project: Research Associate


Katie Maguire-Jack, PhD 

Associate Professor

Dr. Maguire-Jack conducts research on child abuse and neglect prevention, with an emphasis on the ways in which communities can support parents. She has expertise in program evaluation, needs assessment, racial disparities in child maltreatment, and risk and protective factors for child maltreatment. She focuses on understanding geographic disparities in maltreatment rates and the ways in which neighborhood structural characteristics and relationships between neighbors affect those rates.

Project: Previous Co-Principal Investigator

Ashley Bennett, MSW, LSW

Ashley is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Social Work. She has experience working with families in crises as well as serving youth and adolescents who have lethality worries as a result of trauma or mental health concerns. She advocates for children and families to receive the mental health treatment they need and deserve. She is an active volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for her community. She works alongside children who are placed in out-of-home care due to child welfare involvement. She strives to be the voice of the children and act in their best interest. She collaborates with caseworkers, legal representatives, judges, law enforcement, and families to help children. In addition, Ashley is one of the developers of the Opioid Overdose Family Support Toolkit.

Project: Previous Project Director


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