Claudia J. Coulton, PhD

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

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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. Read full biographical sketch.

Course List

  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation

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

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.

Spilsbury, J., Korbin, J. E. & Coulton, C.J., (in press). Subjective” and “Objective” Views of Neighborhood Danger & Well-Being: The Importance of Multiple Perspectives and Mixed Methods. Child Indicators Research.

Fischer, R. L., Peterson, L., Bhatta, T. R., & Coulton, C.J. (2013). Getting ready for school: Piloting universal pre-kindergarten in an urban county. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk18(2), 128-140.

Coulton, C.J., Jennings, M. Z., & Chan, T. (2013). How big is my neighborhood? Individual and contextual effects on perceptions of neighborhood scale. American Journal of Community Psychology, 51(1-2), 140-150.

Coulton, C.J. (2012). Defining neighborhoods for research and policy. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 14 (2), 195-200.

Beimers, D., & Coulton, C. J. (2011). Do employment and type of exit influence child maltreatment among families leaving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families? Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1112–1119.

Coulton, C. J., Chan, T., & Mikelbank, K. (2011). Finding place in community change initiatives: Using GIS to uncover resident perceptions of their neighborhoods. Journal of Community Practice, 19, 10–28.

Crampton, D. S., & Coulton, C. J. (2011). The benefits of life table analysis for describing disproportionality. In D. Green, K. Belanger, R. McRoy, & L. Bullard (Eds.), Challenging racial disproportionality in child welfare: Research, policy and practice (pp. 45–52). Arlington, VA: CWLA Press.

Coulton, C. J., & Fischer, R. L. (2010). Using early childhood wellbeing indicators to influence local policy and services. In S. B. Kammerman, S. Phipps & A. Ben-Arieh (Eds). From child welfare to child well-being: An international perspective on knowledge in the service of making policy (pp. 101–116).New York, NY: Springer.

Coulton, C. J., Hexter, K, Schramm, M., Hirsch, A., & Richter, F. (2010). Facing the foreclosure crisis in Greater Cleveland: What happened and how communities are responding. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Coulton, C. J., Schramm, M., & Hirsch, A. (2010). REO and beyond: The aftermath of the foreclosure crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. In REO and vacant properties: Strategies for neighborhood stabilization. Cleveland, OH: A Joint Publication of the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and Cleveland and the Board of Governors.

Colabanichi, N., Kinesella, A. E., Coulton, C. J., & Moore, S. M. (2009). Utilization and physical activity levels at renovated and unrenovated playgrounds. Preventive Medicine, 48, 140–143.

Coulton, C. J., & Irwin, M. (2009). Parental and community correlates of participation in out-of-school activities among children living in low income neighborhoods. Children & Youth Services Review, 31, 300–308.

Coulton, C. J., Theodos, B., & Turner, M. A. (2009). Residential mobility and neighborhood change: New evidence and implications for community initiatives. Washington, DC.: The Urban Institute.

Lim, Y., Coulton, C. J., & Lalich, N. (2009). State TANF policies and employment outcomes among welfare leavers. Social Service Review, 83, 525–555.

Spilsbury, J., Korbin, J., & Coulton, C. J. (2009). Mapping children’s neighborhood perceptions: Implications for child indicators. Child Indicators Research 2(2), 111–131.

Recent Presentations

Coulton, C., (January, 2013). Neighborhood metrics and measures: Alternative specifications and tools. Roundtable at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.

Coulton, C. (January, 2013). How residents perceive neighborhood scale: An examination of individual and contextual factors Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.

Fischer, R. L., & Coulton, C. J. (November, 2012). Using integrated data to assess and monitor a community initiative on child well-being.  Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.

The following memo was written by Grover Gilmore, the Dean of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Addressed to Case Western Reserve University Provost Bud Baeslack, the memo highlights Claudia Coulton’s accomplishments and the dean’s reasons for nominating her for Distinguished University Professor.

Claudia J. Coulton

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School committee for Distinguished University Professor met recently and unanimously recommended Professor Claudia J. Coulton, Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research, for nomination to this award. I fully agree with the committee recommendation and believe that Professor Coulton is extraordinarily deserving of this honor.

Her early research in child welfare, health care and mental health helped define who Dr. Claudia Coulton is today; a leading scholar in the field of urban studies who is well regarded by colleagues and sought out for her expertise locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Coulton has been a member of the MSASS faculty for 34 years. She is a stellar academician who possesses a record of outstanding accomplishments. She brings rigor, innovative methods and a multidisciplinary approach to addressing significant issues of concern to the profession and to society. She is also one of the most humble and generous faculty in the academic community. Her colleagues, students and staff are quick to praise her for a leadership style that encourages them to draw on their own knowledge and talents, which has resulted in a superior product and a willingness to work together harmoniously. She has brought academic respect and esteem to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School and Case Western Reserve University.

In 1988, building on a multidisciplinary approach with affiliated faculty from MSASS, Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine, Dr. Coulton took on the problems of persistent urban poverty. She founded the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, one of the most visible elements of Case Western Reserve University. Its auspicious debut coincided with the Center’s selection by the Rockefeller Foundation to be part of its national program on urban research, planning and action. Dr. Coulton quickly emerged as a leader in this group of scholars, researchers and activists.

Indeed, when the Center’s first report on poor neighborhoods was released in 1990, William Julius Wilson presided and heralded it as a model for understanding the complex social and economic processes that characterized the concentrated and persistent poverty of industrial northeast cities.

Community Development

Today, the Center serves as an active partner in the community development agenda of the region by providing research and analysis that underpins effective action and builds knowledge for the field. A core capacity of the Center, and one that has been replicated across the country, is a regional information data warehouse and web portal that is used by thousands of individuals and organizations to inform community change work. Known as NorthEast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO), the data warehouse is an important resource, not only for her own research, but also for other researchers in the university, the region and the nation.

Drawing on her experience with NEO CANDO in Cleveland, Dr. Coulton founded the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, which now has affiliates in more than 35 cities. The Partnership provides tools to these cities to better understand macro-level systemic forces that produce distressed neighborhoods and identify what individuals, organizations and policies can do to reverse these conditions. The support is in the form of technically advanced information solutions to address urban social problems. The idea is that information is power, and with it individuals can increase their ability to improve their communities and participate fully in society. She is now working to expand this network internationally.

The impact of Dr. Coulton’s research cannot be denied. When the Center released a report showing that the poor and disenfranchised in Cleveland’s inner-city were unable to get to available jobs in the outer ring suburbs via public transportation, the Regional Transit Authority adjusted their routes to match the needs of the public.

When the Center began studying the causes and effects of the national foreclosure crisis, Dr. Coulton was called upon to testify before Congress in front of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the situation. The hearing also focused on an evaluation of the federal and state attempts to deal with the crisis. She had their collective ear as she called for interventions at every stage of the foreclosure process, from loans to maintaining vacant properties.

After nearly 25 years, the buzz about Dr. Coulton and her work has not died down. In November 2011, the Federal Reserve, through its Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., chose the Poverty Center as one of three places across the country showing “promising stabilization work” in the face of the foreclosure crisis. The FRB created and distributed nationally, a video on the work of the Center.

To quote Dr. Coulton, “There is a significant interdependence between universities and their regions and each will benefit from the success of the other. In particular, one of the most important contributions that a university can make to its region is through the research of its faculty and students. …By using the scientific and technological resources of the university, we contribute to planning, decision making, policy development, mobilization and problem solving. …In this sense, our research that is community relevant is our service.”

Distinguished Author

As a distinguished author of publications, journal articles, book chapters and policy reports, Dr. Coulton is one of the most cited scholars in the social welfare field. Early in her career she wrote, Social work quality assurance programs: A comparative analysis. (NASW Press, 1979) and was widely recognized for outstanding research on methods to improve the quality of social work services in health and mental health. In recognition of this important perspective she was appointed deputy editor of Medical Care, a health services research journal, and received several awards for her contributions to the field. An article, “Level Factors and Child Maltreatment Rates” in Child Development, has been cited nearly 500 times since appearing in 1995. It describes the relationship between community factors and child maltreatment.

Dr. Coulton is a gifted and caring educator who was honored with the prestigious John Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching at Case Western Reserve University. During her first year as an assistant professor, she launched a hands-on skill-based, two-semester statistics course for graduate students. It was one of the first on campus to focus on practical data analysis skills using statistical analysis packages and integrated with statistics training for individuals in human service fields. Statistics is not an easy course to teach or one well received by students, but quickly her sections were filled with not only MSASS students, but by Ph.D. students from Schools and Departments across the University.

Before e-mail and Skype, she provided “distance learning” for her PhD. students. If they were based in faraway places such as Africa or Alaska, the lectures were video recorded and mailed each week along with exercises and assignments.

Today, no matter how full her research agenda, she takes on students for academic advising and research supervision at nearly twice the rate of other faculty. She serves as a field supervisor for Master’s students working in the Poverty Center. She is among the first to volunteer to attend MSASS recruitment events and open houses. She enjoys talking with prospective students and their families and she makes quite an impression.

Dr. Coulton is held in the highest esteem by her faculty colleagues. She is the one who takes on any challenge, responds to all requests and perhaps most importantly, can be counted on to get the job done.

Shortly after my appointment as Dean, I challenged our faculty to diversify the School’s funding base to include more federal dollars. Dr. Coulton was then serving as Associate Dean of Research. She took on my challenge and led the charge. Under her leadership, a series of initiatives were put in place designed to strengthen the research culture of the School and enhance the capacity of the faculty to be successful. Over the next five years with Dr. Coulton at the helm, research funding at MSASS increased more than 196 percent from $1,740,000 to $5,145,000. Since that time, with the structure in place, over 44 percent of our faculty research is federally funded.

In addition to lending her support to the research program at MSASS, she has served on the Steering Committee, was the first chair of the Community and Social Development Concentration and chaired the Health Specialization and the Curriculum Committee. She also directed the School’s Ph.D. Program for five years.

University Contributor

When the University calls for her time and talent, Dr. Coulton responds generously, recognizing the importance of contributing to the greater good. She served on the University Presidential Search Committee, the Research Council, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence Committee, the University Grievance Committee and has served as advisor to interdisciplinary centers such as the Schubert Center and the Center on Aging and Health. She served for over six years as the coordinator for the community research component of the Arthritis Center.

Dr. Coulton’s awards and honors are worthy of note. In 2010 she was an inaugural inductee into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, whose fellows are the most distinguished in the field. Just a year later she was selected for the Executive Committee as Treasurer of the Academy. While she has received many awards over the years marking her exceptional contributions to the field, two stand out because they are given by scholarly peers to those whose work they most admire. The first was the Bruel Memorial Prize, awarded annually for the best article in Social Service Review, one of social work’s most important journals. The second was her selection as the Aaron Rosen Endowed Lecturer at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, another highly coveted honor.

In closing, Dr. Coulton has brought to the University table intellectual rigor and a deep sense of commitment to social action. Her innovative methods, multidisciplinary approaches and significant research findings have made a major impact on the lives of individuals and communities on the local, national and international level. In her pursuit of knowledge to influence programs or policies that bear on disadvantaged communities, she has made it possible for Case Western Reserve University to enter into not only neighboring communities but communities throughout the nation. Because of the extraordinary talent of Dr. Coulton, there is no chance of “ivory tower” criticism being associated with Case Western Reserve University. All of this incredible work is being done by Dr. Coulton without ever seeking attention to herself. There is no one at Case Western Reserve University more deserving of the title Distinguished University Professor than Dr. Claudia Coulton.

I have worked with Claudia J. Coulton since 1995 in my capacities as director of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), of which Claudia was a founder and Executive Committee member, and as director of our Annie E. Casey Foundation Making Connections research program, of which she has been the lead researcher. I know of no one who matches her in devotion to high standards in scholarship and in devotion to meaningfully improving conditions in low-income neighborhoods.

While I could note a string of outstanding contributions she has made to the literature of social change as well, I will focus on one element of her work: the development and ongoing operation of a system of information about Cleveland’s neighborhoods. The system – NEOCANDO – has been used to effectively address many problems locally, but its impact nationally has been a watershed. Since the early 1990s, many cities around the country (36 now in NNIP alone) have developed neighborhood information systems, much enhancing the quality of local decisions. But NEOCANDO was the first, and all the others are in one way or another modeled after it. In addition to building and aggressively improving the model over time, her writings and other work with NNIP have been fundamental in spreading and advancing this practice more broadly. Major national institutions (e.g., the Federal Reserve system, the National League of Cities) have recognized the importance of these systems in advancing data-driven decision making at the local level. Claudia Coulton deserves the recognition she is now achieving nationally as the founder of this field.

— G. Thomas Kingsley, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.

In the News

“Grand Challenges for Social Work” Identify Top Social Problems; Coulton Moderates Challenge on Technology

Jan 15 2016

Grand Challenges - it takes all of usFrom mass incarceration, climate change, and an aging population to immigration, mental illness and rising income inequality, the most pressing issues facing America have something fundamental in common: the social factor. As a call to action on these and other urgent problems, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) is launching the Grand Challenges for Social Work. The Grand Challenges will promote innovation, collaboration, and expansion of proven, evidence-based programs to create meaningful, measurable progress on solving these and other urgent social problems within a decade.

The official launch of the Grand Challenges for Social Work took place yesterday at the opening plenary session of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 20th Anniversary Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

“Social factors contribute more mightily to the individual condition of people than any other single factor: more than disease, the environment, genetics, or technology,” said Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, President of AASWSW and the Dean, University of Maryland School of Social Work. “Understanding and improving the way that social factors interact with other forces is critical to our future. This is why we say, ‘social is fundamental,’ and why the Grand Challenges for Social Work are so needed to drive social progress that is powered by science.”

coultonThe SSWR conference includes more than 50 presentations from leading researchers and experts from around the country related to the 12 Grand Challenges, including the Mandel School’s Claudia J. Coulton, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research and Social Change, who is on the Executive Committee of the Grand Challenges and moderated a session on the challenge “Harnessing Technology for Social Good.” She is the lead author of the paper “Harnessing Big Data for Social Good: A Grand Challenge for Social Work.”

The Grand Challenges for Social Work

Together the 12 Grand Challenges define a bold, science-based social agenda that promotes individual and family well-being, a stronger social fabric, and a just society that fights exclusion and marginalization, creates a sense of belonging, and offers pathways for social and economic progress.

Here is a description of the underlying problems, strategies, and goals of each of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Each year, more than six million young people receive treatment for severe mental, emotional, or behavioral problems. Strong evidence shows us how to prevent many behavioral health problems before they emerge.

More than 60 million Americans have inadequate access to basic health care while also enduring the effects of discrimination, poverty, and dangerous environments that accelerate higher rates of illness. Innovative and evidence-based social strategies can improve health care and lead to broad gains in the health of our entire society.

Assaults by parents, intimate partners, and adult children frequently result in serious injury and even death. Proven interventions can prevent abuse, identify abuse sooner, break the cycle of violence, or find safe alternatives.

Throughout the lifespan, fuller engagement in education and paid and unpaid productive activities can generate a wealth of benefits, including better health and well-being, greater financial security, and a more vital society.

Social isolation is a silent killer, as dangerous to health as smoking. Our challenge is to educate the public on this health hazard, encourage health and human service professionals to address social isolation, and promote effective ways to deepen social connections and community for people of all ages.

During the course of a year, nearly 1.5 million Americans will experience homelessness for at least one night. Our challenge is to expand proven approaches that have worked in communities across the country, develop new service innovations and technologies, and adopt policies that promote affordable housing and basic income security.

Climate change and urban development threaten health, undermine coping, and deepen existing social and environmental inequities. A changing global environment requires transformative social responses: new partnerships, deep engagement with local communities, and innovations to strengthen individual and collective assets.

Innovative applications of new digital technology present opportunities for social and human services to reach more people with greater impact, to more strategically target social spending, speed up the development of effective programs, and bring a wider array of help to more individuals and communities.

The United States has the world’s largest proportion of people behind bars. Our challenge is to develop a proactive, comprehensive, evidence-based “smart decarceration” strategy that will dramatically reduce the number of people who are imprisoned and enable the nation to embrace a more effective and just approach to public safety.

Nearly half of all American households are financially insecure, without adequate savings to meet basic living expenses for three months. We can significantly reduce economic hardship and the debilitating effects of poverty by adopting social policies that bolster lifelong income generation and safe retirement accounts; expand workforce training and re-training; and provide financial literacy and access to quality affordable financial services.

The top 1% owns nearly half of the total wealth in the U.S, while one in five children live in poverty. We can correct the broad inequality of wealth and income through a variety of innovative means related to wages and tax benefits associated with capital gains, retirement accounts, and home ownership.

Historic and current prejudice and injustice bars access to success in education and employment. Addressing racial and social injustices, deconstructing stereotypes, dismantling inequality, exposing unfair practices, and accepting the super diversity of the population will advance this challenge.

How the Grand Challenges were chosen

Beginning in 2012, the 14-member Grand Challenges Executive Committee guided the process of soliciting ideas for Grand Challenges, refining them, and commissioning background papers on the overall concept and the individual Challenges.

In selecting the Challenges, the Executive Committee applied five top criteria. First, every Challenge had to be big, important, and compelling. Second, there had to be scientific evidence to indicate that the Challenge could be solved. Third, meaningful and measurable progress to address the Challenge had to be possible within a decade. Fourth, the Challenge had to be likely to generate interdisciplinary or cross-sector collaboration. Finally, the solution to the Challenge had to require significant innovation.

Building bridges within and beyond social work:  The Grand Challenges for Social Work create an opportunity for social work researchers and practitioners to collaborate widely with each other and with many other fields and disciplines, including health care, law enforcement, education, civil rights, technology, and climate science.

“For young people who are interested in making a big impact in the world, and who care deeply about social justice, these Grand Challenges are going to be very appealing,” said Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, President and CEO of the Council on Social Work Education and a member of the Grand Challenges National Advisory Board.

The Grand Challenges will also strive to stimulate new social science research, building the scientific evidence base that underpins the most effective social interventions.

“Social workers helped foster major positive social changes during the 20th century but this century presents a new set of complex issues,” said Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the Grand Challenges National Advisory Board. “Building new knowledge and connecting it to practice and policy will be critical in helping social workers drive real, lasting, and transformative social change in decades ahead.”

History of Grand Challenges: “Grand Challenges” identify highly ambitious yet achievable goals that mobilize a profession, capture the public’s imagination, and require innovation. Other Grand Challenges initiatives have included the Grand Challenges for Engineering, sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, and the Grand Challenges in Global Health, co-sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and Grand Challenges Canada.

About the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare: The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare was announced in 2009. The Academy was established in a united effort by all the leading social work organizations as an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good. The Academy has been established to encourage and recognize outstanding research, scholarship, and practice that contribute to a sustainable, equitable, and just future; inform social policy by serving as a frontline source of information for the social work profession as well as Congress and other government agencies and non-government entities charged with advancing the public good; promote the examination of social policy and the application of research to test alternative policies, programs, and practices for their impact on society; and celebrate excellence in social work and social welfare research, education, and practice. For more information, please visit

SSWR 2016: Faculty, Student and Alumni Presenters

Jan 13 2016

cramptonThe Mandel School is proud to be participating in the Society for Social Work Research’s 20th Annual Conference, beginning today in Washington, D.C. In addition to having a booth at the conference (#201 – see us for a special Centennial gift to SSWR attendees!), two of our faculty honored as 2016 SSWR Fellows, and Dr. Claudia Coulton’s participation on the Grand Challenges for Social Work, several faculty, students and alumni are doing the following presentations at the conference.


Claudia Coulton, PhD: Harnessing technology for social good: A grand challenge for social work.

David Crampton, PhD (pictured); Francisca Richter, PhD; and Claudia Coulton, PhD: Integrated data system analysis for the design of a pay-for-success intervention in foster care.

Claudia Coulton, PhD: Meeting the grand challenge of big data in child welfare program and policy research.     

Accepted Poster Presentations:

David Biegel, PhD: Social support and recovery: The mediating role of mattering.

Michael Gearhart, MSSA (PhD student); Dan Flannery, PhD; Mark Singer, PhD; Jeff Kretschmar, PhD; and Fredrick Butcher, PhD: ADHD, comorbidities, and trauma symptoms: Predictors of functioning in juvenile justice involved youth.

Jill Kobulsky (PhD student) and David Hussey, PhD: Demographic patterns of early use and initiation of substances among youth in the child welfare system.

David Crampton, PhD, and Susan Yoon (PhD student): Increasing adherence to team decision-making through improved family participation.

Susan Yoon (PhD student): Heterogeneity in developmental trajectories of internalizing behavior problems among children who have experienced early childhood maltreatment.

The following alumni are also presenting at SSWR 2016:

  • Margaret Adamek, PhD 1989
  • Suzanne Brown, PhD 2012
  • Moon Choi, PhD 2010
  • Julian Chow, MSSA 1984, PhD 1992
  • Janet Hoy, MSSA 1999, PhD 2008
  • Derrick Kranke, PhD 2009
  • Heehyul Moon, PhD 2013
  • Youngsam Oh, PhD student
  • Minso Paek, PhD 2013
  • Maureen Riley-Behringer, MSSA 1994, PhD 2015
  • Phyllis Solomon, PhD 1978
  • Shanta Pandey, PhD 1989


Impact of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice on Future Youth Outcomes

Nov 6 2015

IMG_2333On November 5, 2015, Dr. Claudia Coulton presented the talk “Exploring the Impact of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Involvement on Future Youth Outcomes” at the Mandel School as part of the Schubert Center for Child Studies‘ Conversation Series. This talk discussed a study on 9th graders in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from  2005 to 2008.

The study found that almost 25% of 9th grade students in Cleveland were touched by the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems by the age of 18. Youth in foster care had four times the risk of homelessness than non foster care youth. Also, youth with chronic school delinquency (missing more than 10% of school days) had seven times the risk of going to jail.

Joining Dr. Coulton for the discussion were Thomas Pristow (Director of Cuyahoga County Division of Child and Family Services), Kate Lodge (Project Director for A Place 4 Me of YWCA) and Judge Denise N. Rini (Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court).

You can download the Schubert Center’s research brief and the presentation slides from the talk here (PDF). In addition to Dr. Coulton, who is the co-director for the Poverty Center, the presentation and the study had contributions from Center associate director Dr. David Crampton, senior research associate Dr. Seok-Joo Kim, and doctoral graduate assistant Youngmin Cho.