Jeff M. Kretschmar, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Miami University, Oxford, OH
M.A., Miami University, Oxford, OH
B.A., Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, OH

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations

Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

Room 218
Case Western Reserve University
11402 Bellflower Court
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Phone: 216-368-2305


Jeff M. Kretschmar is a Research Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University and Senior Research Associate with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at MSASS. Dr. Kretschmar is active in a wide array of evaluation research studies. He serves as the Principle Investigator (PI) on the statewide evaluation of the Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice Initiative, a diversion program for juvenile justice-involved youth with mental and behavioral health issues. Dr. Kretschmar is the PI for the evaluation of Cuyahoga County’s Defending Childhood Initiative, a Department of Justice funded program designed to reduce and eliminate childhood exposure to violence and the associated traumatic consequences. Dr. Kretschmar also serves as the PI for Cuyahoga County’s Domestic Violence Homicide Reduction Program, sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women. Jeff is the lead evaluator of the Montgomery County Juvenile Drug Court expansion and enhancement project, a SAMHSA funded initiative designed to provide more effective treatment options to youth and families participating in Drug Court.
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Kretschmar, J.M., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D.J. (In press).  The impact of bullying and cyberbullying on depression and suicidality.  In M. van Dulmen (Ed.), Suicide across the Life-Span: Integrating Developmental and Public Health Perspectives. Kent, OH: Kent State Press.

Kretschmar, J., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (in press).  Aspects of bullying and its relationship to suicide.  In M. Van Dulmen, R. Bossarte, & M. Swahn (Eds).,  Developmental and Public Health Perspectives on Suicide Prevention:  An Integrated Approach.  Kent, OH:  Kent State University Press.

Kretschmar, J.M., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (2013).  An evaluation of the behavioral health/juvenile justice initiative.  Behavioral Health in Ohio—Current Research Trends, 1(2), 18-30.

Flannery, D.J., Modzelski, W., & Kretschmar, J.M. (2013).  Violence and school shootings. Current Psychiatry Reports, 15, 331-337.

Flannery, D.J., & Kretschmar, J. (2012).  Overview of Fugitive Safe Surrender:   Program description,  initial findings, and policy implications.  Criminology and Public Policy, 11, 433-435.

Flannery, D.J., & Kretschmar, J. (2012).  Fugitive safe surrender:  Program description, initial findings, and policy implications.  Criminology and Public Policy, 11, 437-459.

Kretschmar, J., & Flannery, D. J. (2011). Displacement and suicide risk for juvenile justice-involved youth with mental health issues. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 797–806.

End, C. M., Davis, C. M., Kretschmar, J. M., Campbell, J., Mueller, D. G., & Worthman, S. G. (2009). Missed call? A reexamination of sport fans’ and nonfans’ alcohol usage and alcohol-related experiences. Sociological Spectrum, 29, 649– 658.

Flannery, D., Singer, M., van Dulmen, M., Kretschmar, J., & Belliston, L. (2009). Exposure to violence: Mental health and violent behavior. In. D. Flannery, A. Vazsonyi, & I. Waldman (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior & Aggression (pp. 306–321). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Jeff Kretschmar in the News:

Poly-victimization Across Social Contexts

Jan 20 2017

Fred Butcher, Senior Research Associate, and colleagues recently published an article examining childhood exposure to violence across social contexts.

Nationally, a large proportion of youth experience exposure to violence (ETV) in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods and research has consistently shown that ETV is linked to symptoms of trauma. Juvenile justice-involved youth are particularly at risk for ETV and accurate assessment for this population is vital to their treatment. We examined data from a sample of juvenile justice-involved youth and found that measures of ETV should take into account the cumulative effect of violence across multiple social contexts. Youth who experience ETV in homes, schools, and neighborhoods are particularly vulnerable since they are likely to have few, if any locations in which they feel safe from violence.

Butcher, F., Holmes, M. R., Kretschmar, J. M., & Flannery, D. J. (2016). Poly-victimization across social contexts: Home, school, and neighborhood violence exposure. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0093854816662679

2017 SSWR: Faculty and Student Presenters

Jan 4 2017

The Mandel School is proud to be participating in the Society for Social Work Research’s 21st Annual Conference, on January 11-15, 2017, in New Orleans. In addition to having a booth at the conference (#102), one of our faculty members, Claudia Coulton, PhD, was chosen as a 2017 SSWR Fellow and will be presenting at the conference among many other Mandel School faculty members and doctoral students. Download the flyer for the complete schedule of presenters: 2017 SSWR Presenters Flyer


Claudia Coulton, PhD & David Crampton, PhD: Advancing the Impact of Ecologically Oriented Research on Child Maltreatment Prevention.

Claudia Coulton, PhD: Temporal Effects of Distressed Housing on Child Maltreatment Among Young Children.

Kathleen Farkas, PhD: Criminologic risk levels of justice involved people with serious mental illness.

Megan Holmes, PhD: Physical Abuse Safety Concerns and Substance use Among Child Welfare Adolescents, Navigating the Academic Job Market, & Promoting Resilient Academic Competence in Maltreated Children.

Jeffrey Kretschmar, PhD & F. Butcher: Promoting Resilience in Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health and Trauma Concerns.

Meeyoung Min, PhD, Sonia Minnes, Phd, & J.Y. Kim (PhD Student): Gender variation of individual assets and problem behaviors in at-risk adolescents: A longitudinal cross-lagged analysis.

Dana Prince, PhD: Longitudinal Relationship Between Future Orientation, Substance Use and Delinquency Among African American and Latino Young Men, Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents in Foster Care: The Impact of Sexual Orientation, & Factors Influencing Homelessness Among Youth Aging out of Foster Care, and The Relation of Homelessness to Other Well-being Outcomes: Findings from the National youth in Transitions Database.

Elizabeth Tracy, PhD & S. Brown (PhD Student): Differential Effects of maternal and Parental Warmth on Adult Recovery Support and Personal network Characteristics Among Women in Substance Abuse Treatment.

Laura Voith, Phd: neighborhood Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Theory-Informed Analysis using Hierarchical Linear Modeling.

J. Cage (PhD Student): Comparing the Odds of High School Level Completion of Maltreated Youth in Out-of-Home Placement to Maltreated Youth in their Biological homes.

Michael Gearhart (PhD Student): Mutual Efficacy and Collective Efficacy: Preventing Neighborhood Disorder.

W. Kim & D. Yoon (PhD Students): The role of fathers in maltreatment: Differential effects on maltreatment type. Mental Health Mechanisms Linking Fathers to Child Outcomes, The underlying effects of the caregiver-child relationship quality on adolescent substance use in at-risk youth, The importance of fathers in social and behavioral development of children at-risk of maltreatment.

A. Vincent (PhD Student): Human- Animal Interaction

Accepted Poster Presentations:

Megan Holmes, PhD: Preschool-to-Kindergarten Transition: Promoting Resilient Prosocial behavior in Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

Elizabeth Tracy, PhD, Meeyoung Min, PhD, & Kathleen Farkas, PhD: Patterns of personal networks and their relationships to quality of life among women with substance abuse disorders.

Elizabeth Tracy, PhD Meeyoung Min, PhD: Patterns of personal networks and substance use among substance-using women.

Laura Voith, PhD: How Neighborhoods Influence Intimate Partner Violence: A Qualitative Inquiry with men in Batterer Intervention Programs.

L.H. Taylor, M.W. Francis (PhD Students), Meeyoung Min, PhD, & Elizabeth Tracy, Phd: Confirmatory factor analysis of an abbreviated abstinence self-efficacy measure: The Drug and Alcohol Abstinence Self-Efficacy Scale.

E.J. Shon, JY Kim, D. Yoon, T. Olgac, M.W. Francis (PhD Students) & Meeyoung Min, PhD: Factor Structure of the urban hassles.

C. Chung (PhD Student): Predictors of Unmet Mental health Needs Among Young Adults with mental Illness in a U.S. nationally Representative Sample

K.A. Berg & M.W. Francis (PhD Students): “I don’t get no sleep”: Social work opportunities to improve sleep of children exposed to interpersonal violence.

The following alumni are also presenting at SSWR 2017:

  • Suzanne Brown, PhD 2012
  • Janet Hoy, MSSA 1999, PhD 2008
  • K.J. Ishler,
  • J.M. Kobulsky, PhD
  • Eun Lye Lee, PhD 2016
  • H. Park,
  • Susan Yoon, PhD 2016

Kretschmar named Managing Director of the Begun Center

Oct 10 2016

msass_jeff_kretschmar_35As of October 1, 2016, Dr. Jeff Kretschmar began serving as the Managing Director of the Begun Center. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor and Senior Research Associate. He first joined ISPV at Kent State as a post-doctoral fellow in 2004 and has been the long-time project director/PI of the Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice Initiative. He was also involved for several years with the Fugitive Safe Surrender program. More recently Kretschmar worked on the Defending Childhood Initiative, PERI initiative and the Domestic Violence Homicide Reduction project, among others. This promotion reflects his significant and ongoing leadership as he develops new initiatives, and his significant contributions to the research, training, and professional development missions of the center.

I am personally grateful that he is willing to take on this challenge” adds Dr. Flannery, Center Director.  “I will be depending on his experience and guidance as we seek to maintain our high quality work while managing the challenges we face as we grow and expand our research and training portfolios.

As Managing Director for the Center, Kretschmar will begin attending all Core Management Team meetings and will be tasked with supporting the daily management and operational administrative activities of the center. He will continue his project based work and research, but will also spend approximately 20% of his time in his new role. Kretschmar will report directly to the Center Director and be responsible for issues related to IRB and data security, supporting the publication/dissemination efforts of the research staff, overseeing website/social media development for the center, assisting with communications with our National Advisory Board members, and supporting the professional development of all staff especially as it relates to the culture, climate and morale of our team. He is well deserving of this promotion at a crucial time in the center’s growth and development.

web-leon-smiling4In addition to Kretschmar’s promotion, the Begun Center also recently promoted Leon Harris from a Research Assistant 3 to a Research Associate. Harris started out as a summer part-time research assistant at ISPV in 2008. He has been a full-time Research Assistant since 2009, part-time student in the MSASS doctoral program since 2012 and is currently ABD. His promotion reflects his years of experience and the increased responsibility he has taken on with respect to project management. He currently supports the MyCom youth development initiative, the Police Assisted Referral Program, and the Family and Children First Council evaluation initiative.

Congrats to both Mr. Leon Harris and Dr. Jeff Kretschmar!