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Emily Putnam-Hornstein

Associate Specialist, California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP)

EMILY PUTNAM-HORNSTEIN is an associate specialist at Berkeley Social Welfare's Center for Social Services Research (CSSR), where she works on the California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP). Her interests include child maltreatment and public child welfare systems, with her current research focused on the application of epidemiological methods to improve the surveillance of non-fatal and fatal child abuse and neglect. 

Dr. Putnam-Hornstein also maintains an appointment as assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, where she is the principal investigator of the Children’s Data Network, a university, agency and community collaborative focused on the integration and application of data to inform programs and policies for children.


  • Child Maltreatment
  • Public Child Welfare Systems

Expanded Publications

Putnam‐Hornstein, E., Schneiderman, J., Cleves, M., Magruder, J. & Krous H. (in press). A prospective analysis of sudden unexpected infant deaths following a report to child protective services. Journal of Pediatrics.

Putnam‐Hornstein, E., Wood, J.N., Fluke, J., Yoshioka‐Maxwell, A. & Berger, R. (in press). Preventing severe and fatal maltreatment: making the case for the expanded use and integration of data. Child Welfare.

Putnam‐Hornstein, E., Cederbaum, J.A., King, B., Cleveland, J. & Needell, B. (in press). A population‐based examination of maltreatment history among adolescent mothers in California. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Putnam-Hornstein, E. (in press). Hierarchical modeling: applications to social work. Journal of Social Work.

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.

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.