The Ohio State University College of Social Work Research


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Elinam Dellor, PhD

Senior Researcher

Dr. Dellor conducts research on the short and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect. A key area of interest is the effect of early life trauma on adult behavior and health. Her expertise is in trauma-related physiologic processes as mediating pathways to adult chronic health conditions. Her research focuses on the feasibility of collecting chronic stress biomarkers among child welfare-involved families and caregivers with a focus on the HPA-axis (hair for cortisol) and immune system (dried blood spots for C-reactive protein) activity. She also studies the use of internet technology in linking vulnerable families to social, behavioral, and health services.



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 outlets 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.

Dr. Susan Yoon

Susan Yoon, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yoon’s research seeks to promote resilience and well-being in children who have experienced childhood trauma, including child maltreatment. Specifically, her research focuses on understanding the longitudinal effects of child maltreatment on child development during childhood and adolescence, with a particular interest in identifying factors and pathways that promote or hinder resilient development following child maltreatment.


Picture of Karla Shockley McCarthyKarla Shockley McCarthy, MSW, LSW, PhD Student
Graduate Research Associate

Ms. Shockley McCarthy is a third-year PhD student and a Graduate Research Associate on the EPIC program. Her research focuses on the impact of interpersonal relationships and belongingness within family, school, and community systems on youth with a history of trauma. She is particularly interested in the role of resilience and supportive social networks in buffering the negative effect of early life trauma on mental health and academic outcomes. Ms. Shockley McCarthy has expertise in the application of multi-media technology in dissemination and outreach.


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.


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Uwe Wernekinck, MSc, MSW, LSW, PhD Student

Graduate Research Associate

Mr. Uwe Wernekinck is a second-year doctoral student and graduate research associate involved with the EPIC program. As a former chemical dependency counselor, his research interests primarily revolve around the intersection of trauma and addiction. He is particularly interested in how healing from trauma affects substance use outcomes. Mr. Wernekinck holds a master’s in psychology from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and a master’s in social work from The Ohio State University.