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Academic Researcher Profiles

Post-Doctoral Scholar BENJAMIN BAILEY'S current research looks at the differential long-term effects of the violent parent's gender on intimate relationships in adulthood and dating violence among teens from a preventative perspective.

SYTSKE BESEMER is a postdoctoral scholar working with Professor Jennifer Skeem on a study of self-perceptions of violence. Dr. Besemer's research focuses on processes of intergenerational transmission as well as the impact of criminal justice policies.

SARAH CARNOCHAN is the research director of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services. Her research interests relate to social service delivery systems, organizational change and learning and evidence-informed practice.


STEPHANIE CUCCARO-ALAMIN serves as an associate specialist for the California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP). Her research interests include child welfare services, poverty and the use of linked administrative data for program evaluation and policy research.  

Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare Post-Doctoral Scholar BO KYUNG ELIZABETH KIM'S research focuses on examining community-based prevention and intervention strategies that promote social, emotional and behavioral health across youth development.

California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP) Associate Specialist JOE MAGRUDER specializes in analyzing longitudinal administrative data to understand children’s experience in the child welfare system. He is especially interested in long-term effect of child welfare decisions on children’s lives.

ELENA PORTACOLONE is an associate specialist at the Mack Center on Mental Health and Social Conflict. Her research has expanded the body of knowledge on the experience of living alone in older age in the United States.

California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP) Associate Specialist EMILY 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. 

CalSWEC Director of Research and Evaluation SANDHYA RAO HERMON works closely with CalSWEC's university, county and Regional Training Academy (RTA) partners to evaluate the effectiveness of the Title IV-E stipend program and California's core training for newly hired social workers. 

Mack Center for Mental Health and Social Conflict Post-Doctoral Scholar NIVEEN RIZKALLA'S research interests include women, sexual violence, PTSD, PTSD complex, couples intimacy, marital satisfaction, and vicarious traumatization.


CSSR Research Specialist and California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP) Principal Investigator DANIEL WEBSTER provides technical assistance in the understanding and use of longitudinal data to promote system improvement to public child welfare agencies in several states.