Dr. Bridget Freisthler
Professor and Associate Dean of Research
Dr. Freisthler runs a research program focusing on innovative approaches to study child abuse and neglect. Research includes the study of the relation between drinking contexts and drug use to physical abuse and neglect, the use of geographic information systems and spatial analysis to understand the spatial dimension of abuse and neglect, and the use of technology to improve the resource and referral process in the child welfare system. She is currently focusing on reducing child maltreatment among families misusing opioids.
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Dr. Alicia Bunger
Dr. Bunger investigates strategies for promoting care coordination and quality among human service organizations with a focus on those that serve children and families. In particular, she studies the role of collaboration and competition among organizations, social networks among human service professionals, and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) within child-serving systems. She has expertise in partnering with community organizations to develop practical approaches to examining organizational and system change.
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Dr. Katie Maguire-Jack
Dr. Maguire-Jack’s research focuses on child maltreatment prevention and geographic variation in maltreatment. She investigates protective pathways in communities that support parents and encourage positive parenting. She specializes in program evaluation and prevention strategies.
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Dr. Susan Yoon
Dr. Yoon examines the effects of child maltreatment on children’s behavioral outcomes and the buffering effects of protective factors, such as behavioral health services. Her work focuses on identifying factors and mechanisms that promote positive, resilient functioning among children in the child welfare system.
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