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Claudia J. Coulton, PhD


Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change
PhD, Case Western Reserve University
MSW, Ohio State University
BA, Ohio Wesleyan University

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
claudia.coulton@case.edu
216-368-2304

About

Claudia Coulton is Distinguished University Professor and the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. She is also founder and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. She is the author of over 150 journal articles, book chapters and policy reports and is a frequent presenter at national conferences. Her contributions to the field have been recognized with a number of awards including induction into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

 

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Course List

  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation

Recent Publications

Coulton, C.J. & Spilsbury, J. (In press). Community and place based understanding of child well-being. In A. Ben-Arieh, I. Frones, F. Casas & J. Korbin (Eds.), Handbook of Child Well-Being, New York/ Heidelberg: Springer.


Fischer, R. L
., Vadapalli, D., & Coulton, C.J. (In press). Merge ahead, increase speed: Bringing human services nonprofits together to explore restructuring options.Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

 

Coulton, C.J., Theodos, B., & Turner, M.A.,(in press), Residential mobility and neighborhood change: Real neighborhoods under the microscope. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research.

In The News

Mandel School Faculty Receive $2.3 Million to Study Child Maltreatment

Jun 23 2014

NICHHD logoMandel School faculty Claudia Coulton and David Crampton, along with Case Western Reserve faculty colleagues Jill Korbin and Jim Spilsbury, received a $2.3 million grant last month from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate how neighborhoods influence child maltreatment rates.

Led by principal investigator Jim Spilsbury, the team of researchers will study child maltreatment in 20 Cleveland neighborhoods, examining the role that neighborhood conditions, social service availability and use, and the maltreatment reporting process play in influencing child abuse and neglect rates. The investigators are partnering with Cuyahoga County’s Division of Children and Family Services to interview caseworkers assigned to the studied neighborhood. Residents will be interviewed, and census data, property records, social service reports and day care records will be analyzed. The study is a collaboration among the Mandel School, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve.

The research builds upon a National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect-funded study conducted in the mid-1990s by Coulton and Korbin, which found that Cleveland neighborhood rates of child maltreatment varied widely and that neighborhood conditions such as high childcare burden, concentrated poverty and residential instability had an impact on the presence or lack of child maltreatment.

To see the full grant announcement in The CWRU Daily, click here.

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Plain Dealer: FitzGerald’s Pre-K Proposal

May 21 2014

JESPARA 2013 report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development on the benefits of prekindergarten education was cited by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in “FitzGerald’s universal preschool proposal: What you’re saying” on May 15, 2014. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is running for Ohio Governor and announced the day before that he would be making his “Pre-K All the Way” plan for universal prekindergarten a primary policy of his campaign.

The Poverty Center report “Getting Ready for School: Piloting Universal Prekindergarten in an Urban County” in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk is cited in the story as having found “lower-achieving children attending pre-K programs in Cuyahoga County made bigger gains and exceeded expectations compared to already high-achieving children.”

“Getting Ready for School” was written by Center Co-Director Dr. Rob Fischer, former staff researcher and doctoral student Lancer Peterson, doctoral assistant Tirth Bhatta, and Center Co-Director Dr. Claudia Coulton.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

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The Street: The Rent is Too High

Apr 3 2014

Coulton_Claudia_200Center Co-Director Dr. Claudia Coulton was interviewed by The Street for its article “The Rent Is, in Fact, Too Damn High” on March 26, 2014. According to the article, the national average cost to rent is much higher than the average earnings of renters. Dr. Coulton was asked to explain why the Case-Shiller Housing Index showed a slight drop in prices and hints of stability even while rent costs are up.

“The single family home market, which is what Case-Shiller indexes, is still soft following the foreclosure crisis and tight credit situation,” she explained. “There are too many homes on the market in many regions along with too few qualified buyers.”

“Many of those individuals, who may have been home owners or first time buyers before in past years, are now flooding the rental market, making supplies tight,” Coulton said. “Rental property owners are taking advantage of the situation to get increased rents. For low income households, this problem is unlikely to change much in the short run unless there is an increase in housing subsidy or low income rental housing programs.”

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

mandel center webClaudia J. Coulton, Ph.D is founder and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.. | Read More

 

 


 

 


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