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Researchers at CWRU who are engaged in child-related studies meet regularly as a campus-wide consortium of Schubert Center Faculty Associates. This group is particularly interested in bridging research with practice and policy to improve child well-being in the greater Cleveland community and to create knowledge and approaches that are generalizable to a larger population of children. Click on the faculty associates’ names for individual biography pages.

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Bader, James

Director, The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center
Lecturer, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests:

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Laboratory education

Bell Hardaway, Ayesha

Assistant Professor of Law
Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center, School of Law

Research Interests:

  • Health law
  • Civil litigation
  • Intersection of race and law
  • Criminal justice
  • Juvenile justice

Borawski, Elaine

PI and Co-Director, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Research Interests:

  • Health Behavior Intervention (HIV prevention, obesity and diet modification, physical activity, tobacco prevention)
  • Adolescent health (teen pregnancy prevention)
  • Survey methodology
  • Health status measurement
  • Outcome-based community evaluations
  • Community-based participatory research

Briskin, Susannah

Assistant Professor
Pediatric Sports Medicine, Rainbow Babies and Children at UHCMC

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric sports medicine
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Sports hydration and nutrition
  • Acute sports injuries
  • Overuse/ chronic sports injuries
  • Sports related back pain
  • Concussion management
  • Female athlete care
  • Sports performance and performance enhancement
  • Sports overtraining and fatigue
  • Preparticipation physical exams
  • Non-surgical musculoskeletal medicine

Butcher, Fred

Research Assistant Professor, The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research & Education

Research Interests:

  • Youth exposure to violence
  • Behavioral health treatment in juvenile justice-involved youth
  • Juvenile and adult criminal sentencing

Byrne, Cara

Department of English

Research Interests:

  • Race, gender and age in children’s literature

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Sarah Cain Spannagel

Clinical Instructor
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology 

Research Interests:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavioral, developmental, learning, social, and emotional problems
  • Child policy
  • Child development

Celeste, Gabriella

Policy Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Co-Director of the Childhood Studies Minor
Schubert Center for Child Studies

Research Interests:

  • Child policy
  • Juvenile justice

Ciccia, Angela H.

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Sciences

Research Interests:

  • Social information processing skills of typically developing adolescents with traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to identify the underlying functional neuroanatomy involved in social information processing in teens

Clark, Marie

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Follow-up care of premature infants
  • Advocacy and community health
  • Global health
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • School difficulties
  • Developmental delay

Connell, Arin

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Understanding the etiology of depression and anxiety disorders across childhood and adolescence
  • Translating developmental models into prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youth
  • Multi-method approaches to integrating psychosocial and neurobiological risk and protective factors
  • Development and treatment of conduct problems and substance use in youth
  • Development and application of quantitative methods for developmental research

Coulton, Claudia

Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change;
Associate Dean for Research & Training;
Co-director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development

Research Interests:

  • Urban Poverty
  • Neighborhood effects on children and families
  • Welfare Policy
  • Community Change
  • Social Indicators

Crampton, David

Associate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Child and family welfare policy
  • Program evaluation and policy implementation
  • Decision making
  • The Social Construction of childhood from international perspectives
  • Family group decision making and team decision making

Cromer, Barbara

Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine;
Professor, CWRU

Research Interests:

  • Contraception
  • Bone health
  • Reproductive health
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Reproductive health rights of minors
  • Informed consent issues for research with minors

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Damour, Lisa

Clinical Instructor, CWRU Department of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Child development
  • Child and adolescent psychotherapy
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Social, emotional, and educational aspects of female development
  • University-level pedagogy

Dearborn, Dorr

Mary Ann Swetland Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Emeritus;
Former Director, Swetland Center for Environmental Health

Research Interests:

  • Pulmonary Hemosiderosis
  • Mold Exposure
  • Environmental Health

Dimitropoulos, Anastasia

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Behavior and cognition assessment of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Use of brain imaging (fMRI) to examine cognitie processes associated with specific behavior
  • Prader- Willi syndrome (PWS)

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Erdmans, Mary

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Research Interests:

  • Immigration and ethnicity
  • Intersection of gender, race and class
  • Narrative research methods

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Fischer, Robert L.

Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development
Research Associate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Child and family interventions
  • Nonprofit programming
  • Faith-based human services
  • Public policy studies
  • Program evaluation
  • Social/behavioral intervention research
  • Mixed methods approach with quantitative emphasis
  • Research synthesis techniques/meta-analysis

Flannery, Daniel

Director, The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research & Education
Semi J. and Ruth Begun Professor of Violence Prevention and Education

Research Interests:

  • Youth violence prevention
  • Children’s exposure to violence

Frank, Scott

Director, Master of Public Health Program;
Director of Health, City of Shaker Heights;
Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences;
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Behavior change
  • Smoking cessation
  • Substance abuse
  • Clinical assessment of stress
  • The role of spirituality and religion in the medical setting

Freedheim, Donald

Professor Emeritus of Psychology;
Founding Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies

Furin, Jennifer

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Co-Director, Infectious Disease Alliance

Research Interests:

  • Infectious disease
  • International health

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Garner, Andrew

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Clinical pediatrics

Gary, Faye

Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp Chair & Professor of Nursing

Research Interests:

  • Prevention of mental health disorders
  • High risk behaviors
  • Homeless & runaway youth
  • Attention deficit & hyperactivity in children
  • Depression in African-Americans
  • Child/adolescent psychiatric nursing
  • Community mental health
  • Advocacy

Gran, Brian

Associate Professor of Sociology;
Associate Professor of Law;
Director, Sociology Graduate Program

Research Interests:

  • Children’s ombudspersons (children’s commissioners)
  • Children’s rights and the Children’s Rights Index (CRI)
  • The public-private dichotomy

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Haas, Bridget

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Research Associate, Center for Clinical Investigation

Holmes, Megan

Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Direct Practice Methods Skills
  • Substance use behaviors and child maltreatment
  • Consequences of childhood exposure to Intimate Partner Violence
  • College students’ alcohol consumption

Hoyen, Claudia

Director, Pediatric Infection Control, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Director, Pediatric Innovation, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Colonization with antibiotic-resistant pathogens
  • Pediatric infectious disease
  • Antimicrobial resistance

Hussey, David

Associate Professor
Director of the Leadership Fellows Program
Assistant Director for Research at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

Research Interests:

  • Violence, victimization
  • Mental health, substance abuse, dual disorders
  • Behavioral health intervention research
  • Child welfare, special needs adoption
  • Music therapy

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Joseph, Mark

Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities
Faculty Associate, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
Associate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Urban Poverty
  • Community Development
  • Mixed-Income Development

Joseph, Me’lani Labat

Director, Engineering
Leonard Gelfand STEM Center

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Kaawa-Mafigiri, David

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Associate Director, Center for Social Science Research on AIDS (CeSSRA)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, School of Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala

Research Interests:

  • Health-related biosocial research
  • Biosocial drivers of infectious diseases, especially HIV/AIDS and TB
  • Community-based health initiatives for disease control
  • Women’s health and health care access in Uganda

Kanary, Patrick (Retired)

Senior Research Associate, Center for Innovative Practices, The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research & Education

Research Interests:

  • Youth violence prevention
  • Childhood exposure to violence

Kerrigan, Bernadette

Executive Director, First Year Cleveland
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Infant Mortality

Kleinman, Lawrence

Director of the Center for Child Health and Policy
Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Child Health and Policy
Professor of Peciatrics

Research Interests:

  • Child health
  • Health Services research
  • Health policy research
  • Innovation
  • Quality measurement and improvement research
  • Patient Safety research
  • Community-engaged research
  • Community health improvement research


Konstan, Michael

Director, LeRoy W Matthews, MD, Cystic Fibrosis Center, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Vice Chairman, Clinical Research, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Professor, Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Cystic Fibrosis

Koops, Lisa Huisman

Associate Professor of Music

Research Interests:

  • World music in education
  • General music methods

Korbin, Jill

Professor of Anthropology;
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences;
Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies;
Co-Director, Childhood Studies Program

Research Interests:

  • Medical and psychological anthropology
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Culture and child maltreatment
  • Women incarcerated for fatal child maltreatment
  • Cross-cultural child rearing and child maltreatment
  • Health, mental health and child rearing among Ohio’s Amish population
  • The impact of neighborhood factors on child maltreatment and child well being

Kretschmar, Jeffrey

Research Assistant Professor, The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education

Research Interests:

  • Violence and aggression
  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • Evaluation science
  • Suicide
  • Victimization
  • Sport fan psychology

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Lalumandier, James

Professor of Community Dentistry;
Chairman, Department of Community Dentistry

Research Interests:

  • Preventing dental disease through clinical outreach programs
  • Prevention through fluorides, fluoridation and sealants

Lee, Kiju

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Sensor-integrated toys for children with developmental disabilities
  • Assistive technology for children and the elderly
  • Sociable robotic systems
  • Wireless health monitoring and social network analysis
  • Modular robotic systems

Lee, Sara

Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent health
  • Contraception
  • Suicide prevention

Lewis, Barbara

Professor of Communication Sciences;
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Etiological factors related to speech and language disorders in children
  • Genetics of speech, language, reading, spelling, and ADHD
  • Long-term outcomes for individuals with speech and language disorders
  • Language and literacy outcomes of children exposed to cocaine in utero
  • Childhood apraxia of speech
  • Functional imaging of speech production

Lipton, Judith

Associate Dean for Experiential Education;
Honorable Blanche E. Krupansky and Frank W. Vargo Jr. Professor of Law

Research Interests:

  • Inter-disciplinary strategies for addressing domestic violence
  • Rights of immigrant victims of family violence

Lotas, Marilyn

Associate Professor of Nursing;
Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program;
BSN Program Director

Research Interests:

  • Maternal & child health
  • Very low and low birth weight infant health issues
  • Development of biological rhythms in preterm infants

Ludington, Susan

Carl W. & Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing

Research Interests:

  • Kangaroo care
  • Physiologic responses to skin-to-skin care
  • Infant stimulation
  • Early development issues

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Mahoney, Gerald

Verna Houck Motto Professor of Families & Community
Director, Center on Intervention for Children and Families

Research Interests:

  • Family and parental influences on children’s development and socio-emotional well being
  • Early intervention for at-risk children and children with disabilities
  • Early childhood mental health

McDavid, Lolita

Medical Director, Child Advocacy & Protection, UHCMC;
Associate Professor, CWRU

Research Interests:

  • Child protection
  • General academic pediatrics

McNally-Levine, Laura

Professor of Law
Director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center

Mercer, Kathryn

Professor of Lawyering Skills

Research Interests:

  • Legal aspects of child welfare
  • Family law


Meropol, Sharon

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Antibiotic use
  • Epidemiology
  • General academic pediatrics
  • Health services research
  • Pharmacoepidemiology

Miller, David

Associate Professor of Social Work

Research Interests:

  • Health beliefs and practices of men of color
  • Prostate cancer and African American men
  • Effects of chronic stress on adolescents & young adults

Milligan, Sharon

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs;
Associate Professor of Social Work
Associate Director of Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Research Interests:

  • Urban poverty
  • Evaluation of neighborhood change initiatives
  • Systems change research

Minnes, Sonia

Assoicate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Child Development
  • Factors that affect cognitive and mental health outcomes


Musil, Carol

Professor of Nursing

Research Interests:

  • Health, stress, coping, and family functioning of grandmothers by caregiver status
  • Stress, mental and physical health of community dwelling older adults by Caregiver status
  • Methodological issues

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Naso, Carmen

Senior Instructor of Law

Research Interests:

  • Juvenile justice

Needlman, Robert

Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral pediatrics
  • Children’s health

Neils, Jenifer

The Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts
Professor of Classics

Nevar, Ann

Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics

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Pagano, Maria

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Principal Investigator, Helping Others Live Sober

Research Interests:

  • Addiction recovery among adult and youth populations
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Psychiatric comorbidity
  • Treatment outcomes, including abstinence and recidivism
  • 12-step facilitated treatment
  • Social networks

Perzynski, Adam

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Center for Health Care Research and Policy

Research Interests:

  • Medical Sociology

Pinto, Andres

Chairman of Oral & Maxillofacial Medicine
Associate Professor of Diagnostic Sciences

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric Medicine

Pittman, Cassi

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Prince, Dana

Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Pathways to health and well being among vulnerable youth, including low income, racial/ethnic minority, and systems-involved youth

Przeworski, Amy

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Development and evaluation of cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety across the lifespan
  • Laboratory-based studies which examine family interactions in children with eating disorders
  • Family-based emotion-focused treatment for young children with anxiety disorders
  • Computer-assisted treatment for children with anxiety disorders
  • Ways in which life events, such as have a parent leave for military deployment, may affect the family and possibly induce anxiety symptoms
  • The role that culture may play in family dynamics in children with anxiety disorders

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Rivera, Suzanne

Vice President for Research
Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Research Ethics
  • Science Policy
  • Social Inequality

Rome, Ellen

Head, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital

Research Interests:

  • Eating disorders and obesity
  • Hormonal problems in teenagers
  • Preventative medicine
  • Reproductive health
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease in adolescents
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Ronis, Sarah

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • children with complex health care needs

Rork, Kristine

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics & Pychology
Licensced Clinical Psychologist

Research Interests:

  • Clinical child & adolescent psychology
  • Child & adolescent trauma
  • Dissemination of empirically-supported treatments
  • Parenting skills training
  • Child welfare/foster parents

Ross, Kristie

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric pulmonology

Russ, Sandra

Louis D. Beaumont Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Understanding how pretend play is involved in child development
  • Assessing cognitive and affective processes in pretend play
  • Understanding how affect is involved in the creative process
  • Child psychotherapy
  • Play intervention procedures

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Sentilles, Renee

Associate Professor of History

Research Interests:

  • American history and culture: high, low, nineteenth-century, current events, the West, the South, gender and race, politics and pop
  • Cultural expression (principally published and unpublished writings, popular music and theatre, visual arts and film)
  • Gender and multicultural studies
  • Regional cultures and the relationship between cultures
  • Examining how historical narratives are created and told, and analyzing how and why certain details are consistently left out.

Sheon, Amy

Executive Director, Urban Health Initiative

Research Interests:

  • Obesity
  • HIV Transmission
  • Clinical Research
  • Ethical Issues
  • Educational Outcomes

Short, Elizabeth

Professor of Psychology
Advisor, Childhood Studies minor

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive development in preschoolers and school-aged children
  • Cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and motivational factors that impact academic achievement
  • Individual differences in learning
  • Cognitive and academic consequences of learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, language disabilities, and reading disabilities
  • Academic, attentional, and behavioral consequences of broncho-pulmonary dysplasia and prenatal cocaine exposure

Singer, Lynn

Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Programs
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Psychiatry
Staff Psychologist, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Associate Medical Staff, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHeath Medical Center

Singer, Mark

Co-Director, Center on Substance Abuse & Mental Illness
Leonard W. Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare

Research Interests:

  • Youth violence
  • Adolescent behavior problems
  • Co-existing drug and mental disorders
  • Community policing

Spilsbury, James

Director and Assistant Professor, Academic Development Core, Center for Clinical Investigation

Research Interests:

  • How the physical and social features of homes affect the sleep, health, and behavior of children who have been exposed to community and family violence
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Child mental health
  • Poverty
  • Policy

Stormann, Christopher

Senior Research Associate, The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education

Research Interests:

  • Mental health

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Taylor, Gerry

Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests:

  • Low birth weight / premature birth
  • Neuropsychological/learning evaluations
  • Traumatic brain injury in children
  • Assessment of the cognitive, developmental, and educational outcomes of early brain disease
  • Identification of medical and social factors that predict outcomes
  • Clinical applications of research findings for neuropsychological assessment of children with specific cognitive and learning problems

Thompson, Lee

Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Exploring the development of cognitive skills, temperament, and language from infancy through childhood using siblings, twins and genetic techniques
  • How the genetic code is translated into complex behavior at the level of brain function

Tobin, Vera

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

  • Social cognition
  • Viewpoint
  • Joint attention
  • Cognitive biases
  • Cognitive approaches to language and literature

Tracy, Elizabeth

Grace Longwell Coyle Professor of Social Work

Research Interests:

  • Social networks and social support
  • Co-occurring substance use and mental disorders
  • Women and substance use disorders


Trapl, Erika

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research Interests:

  • Tobacco control and little cigars
  • Built environment and obesity
  • Food access and the food environment
  • Adolescent sexual behavior
  • Health behavior measurement and surveillance
  • Survey-based data collection methods and technology
  • Community-based intervention

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Votruba, Mark

Associate Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

  • Health economics: allocation of medical resources, incentives for care, insurance markets
  • Public economics: social program participation, social interactions effects

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Weiss Kelly, Amanda

Director, Pediatric Sports Medicine, UH

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric sports medicine
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Hand, arm, elbow, shoulder problems
  • Non-surgical musculoskeletal medicine
  • Sports hydration and nutrition
  • Acute sports injuries
  • General orthopedics
  • Hand and upper extremity problems
  • Overuse / chronic sports injuries
  • Sports-related back pain
  • Concussion management
  • Female athlete care
  • Adult sports medicine
  • Preparticipation physical exams
  • Sport injuries
  • General fracture care
  • Knees
  • Sports performance and performance enhancement
  • Sports overtraining and fatigue

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