Emily Putnam-Hornstein

Associate Professor
Contact Information
City Center
Department of Study 
Children, Youth and Families
Research Interest 
Children & Families
Social Development/Policy
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
MSSW, Columbia University, 2005
BA, Yale University, 2000

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.

Awards and Distinction
Commissioner’s Award, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (2014)
Award for Best Dissertation Research, Society for Social Work Research, $1,000 (2012)
Award for Top Dissertation in the School of Social Welfare, James and Khadija Midgley Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of California, Berkeley (2011)
Award for Outstanding Research, California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Research, $1,000 (2011)
Award for Best Social Work Dissertation, Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, $1,000 (2011)
Normative Time Student Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, $8,000 (2009)
Mary Ann Mason Child & Family Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, $1,000 (2009)
Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, Center on Race & Social Problems, Summer Session (2008)
Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, IPUMS Data Training (2007)
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Selected Publications

Putnam-Hornstein E, Cederbaum JA, King B, Lane A, & Trickett P. (in press). A population based, longitudinal examination of intergenerational maltreatment among teen mothers. American Journal of Epidemiology.

Putnam-Hornstein E, Simon J, Lane A, & Magruder J. (in press). Risk of re-reporting among infants who remain at home following a report of maltreatment. Child Maltreatment.

Johnson-Motoyama M, Putnam-Hornstein E, Detlaff A, Zhou K, Finno M, & Needell B (2014). Disparities in infant child protective service involvement by U.S. Hispanic/Latino subgroup and maternal birthplace: a birth cohort study. Journal of Maternal & Child Health, Epub: 1-11.[PMID:25081241]

Putnam-Hornstein E, & King B. (2014). 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, 38(4):698-705.

Wildeman C, Emanuel N, Leventhal J, Putnam-Hornstein E, Waldfogel J, & Lee H. (2014). The prevalence of confirmed maltreatment among American children, 2004-2011. JAMA Pediatrics. 168(8):706-713. [PMID: 24887073]

King B, Putnam-Hornstein E, Cederbaum JA, & Needell B. (2014). A cross-sectional examination of births to girls in foster care. Children & Youth Services Review, 36, 179–186.

Putnam-Hornstein E, Schneiderman JU, Cleves MA, Magruder J, & Krous HF. (2014). A prospective analysis of sudden unexpected infant death following reported maltreatment. Journal of Pediatrics, 164(1), 142-148. [PMID: 24139442]

Putnam-Hornstein E, Cederbaum JA, King B, Cleveland J, & Needell B. (2013). A populationbased examination of maltreatment history among adolescent mothers in California. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(6), 794-797. [PMID: 24054914]

Putnam‐Hornstein, E., Cleves, M., Licht, R. & Needell, B. (2013). Risk of fatal injury in young children following abuse allegations: evidence from a prospective, population‐based study. American Journal of Public Health, 103(10), e39‐e44.

Putnam-Hornstein E, Wood JN, Fluke J, *Yoshioka-Maxwell A, & Berger RP. (2013). Preventing severe and fatal maltreatment: making the case for the expanded use and integration of data. Child Welfare, 92(2), 59-75.

King B, Lawson J, & Putnam-Hornstein E. (2013). Examining the evidence: reporter identity, allegation type, and sociodemographic characteristics as predictors of maltreatment substantiation. Child Maltreatment, 18(4), 232-244. [PMID: 24121416]

Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2013). Hierarchical modeling: applications to social work. Journal of Social Work, 13(6), 599–615.

Vaithianathan, R., Maloney, T., Putnam‐Hornstein, E. & Jiang, N. (2013). Children in the public benefit system at risk of maltreatment: identification via predictive modeling. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(3), 354‐359.

Putnam-Hornstein, E., Needell, B., King, B. & Johnson-Motoyama (2013). Race, poverty, and maternal nativity: an examination of risk and protective factors for involvement with child protective services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(1-3), 33-46.

Putnam‐Hornstein, E. & Yoshioka‐Maxwell, A. (2013). Biogenetic and functional frameworks for the assignment of parentage by the courts: implications for foster caregivers. Children & Youth Services Review, 35(6), 930‐936.

Putnam-Hornstein, E., Needell, B. & Rhodes, A.E. (2013). Understanding risk and protective factors for child maltreatment: the value of integrated, population‐based data. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(2-3), 930-936.

Cederbaum, J.A., Putnam‐Hornstein, E., King, B., Gilbert, K. & Needell, B. (2013). Infant birth weight and maltreatment of adolescent mothers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(2), 197‐201.

Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2012). Preventable injury deaths: a Population-Based Proxy of Child Maltreatment Risk. Public Health Reports, 127(2), 163-172.

Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2011). Report of maltreatment as a risk factor for injury death: a prospective birth cohort study. Child Maltreatment, 16(3), 163-174.

Putnam-Hornstein, E. & Needell, B. (2011). Predictors of child welfare contact between birth and age five: an examination of California’s 2002 birth cohort. Children & Youth Services Review, 33(11), 2400-2407.

Putnam-Hornstein, E., Webster, D., Needell, B. & Magruder, J. (2011). A public health approach to child maltreatment surveillance. Child Abuse Review, 20, 256-273.

Putnam-Hornstein, E. & Shaw, T. (2011). Foster care reunification: an exploration of non-linear hierarchical modeling. Children & Youth Services Review, 33, 705-714.

Shaw, T.V., Putnam-Hornstein, E., Magruder, J. & Needell, B. (2008). Measuring racial disparity in child welfare. Child Welfare, 87(2), 23-36.