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Kathryn L. Maguire-Jack

Associate Professor of Social Work

Kathryn L. Maguire-Jack

Dr. Kathryn Maguire-Jack's research focuses on child abuse and neglect prevention, with an emphasis on communities and geographic disparities. Her work is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. She has expertise in advanced statistical methods and program evaluation.

Research Interests/Focus

Child abuse and neglect; child maltreatment prevention; neighborhoods; poverty; program evaluation; social policy; parenting.


Year Degree   School
2013 PhD Social Welfare University of Wisconsin, Madison
2009 MSW Social Work University of Wisconsin, Madison
2006 MPA Public Affairs University of Wisconsin, Madison
2005 BA Political Science & Social Welfare University of Wisconsin, Madison

Yoon, S., Maguire-Jack, K., Knox, J., & Ploss, A. (in press). Socio-ecological predictors of resilience development over time among maltreated youth. Child Maltreatment.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Kim, H. (in press). Rural differences in child maltreatment reports, reporters, and service responses. Children and Youth Services Review.

Font, S. A. & Maguire-Jack, K. (in press). The scope, nature, causes, and consequences of child abuse and neglect. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Katz, C., Priolo Filho, S. R., Korbin, J., Bérubé, A., Haffejee, S., Kaawa-Mafigiri, D., Maguire-Jack, K., Muñoz, P., Spilsbury, J., Tarabulsy, G., Tiwari, A., Thembekile, D. L., Truter, E., & Varela, N. (in press). Child maltreatment in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic: A proposed global framework on research, policy and practice. Child Abuse and Neglect.

Miller-Graff, L., Yoon, S., Paulson, J., & Maguire-Jack, K. (in press). Pathways of depression and posttraumatic stress symptoms across childhood and adolescence: Findings from two longitudinal studies. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Maguire-Jack, K., Korbin, J. E., Perzynski, A., Coulton, C., Font, S. A., & Spilsbury, J. C. (in press). How place matters in child maltreatment disparities: Geographical context as an explanatory factor for racial disproportionality and disparities. A. Detlaff (Ed.), Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in the Child Welfare System. New York, NY: Springer.

Maguire-Jack, K., Yoon, S., & Hong, S. (2021). Social cohesion and informal social control as mediators between neighborhood poverty and child maltreatment. Child Maltreatment.

Maguire-Jack, K., Lanier, P., & Lombardi, B. (2020). Investigating racial differences in clusters of adverse childhood experiences. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 90(1), 104-116.

Maguire-Jack, K., Font, S. A., & Dillard, R. (2020). Child protective services decision-making: The role of children's race and county context. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 90(1), 48-62.

Yoon, S., Dillard, R., Pei, F., Shockley McCarthy, K., Beaujolais, B., Wang, X., Maguire-Jack, K., Wolf, K., & Cochey, S. (2020). Defining resilience in maltreated children from the practitioners’ perspectives: A qualitative study. Child Abuse and Neglect, 106, 104516.

Marco, M., Maguire-Jack, K., Gracia, E., & López-Quílez, A. (2020). Disadvantaged neighborhoods and the spatial overlap of substantiated and unsubstantiated child maltreatment referrals. Child Abuse and Neglect, 104, 104477.

Maguire-Jack, K., Jespersen, B., Korbin, J., & Spilsbury, J. (2020). Rural child maltreatment: A scoping review. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.

Font, S. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2020). It’s not “just poverty”: Educational, social, and economic functioning among young adults exposed to childhood neglect, abuse, and poverty. Child Abuse and Neglect, 101, 104356.

Chung, Y. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2020). Understanding movement into poverty and poverty persistence over time. Journal of Poverty, 3, 241-255.

Cao, Y., Hoffman, J., Bunger, A. C., Maguire-Jack, K., & Robertson, H. (2019). Identifying and addressing parental trauma and behavioral health needs: The role of the child welfare system. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 13(3), 265-284.

Morris, M., Marco, M., Maguire-Jack, K., Im, W., Bailey, B., Ruiz, E. & Kouros, C. (2019). Connecting child maltreatment risk with crime and neighborhood disadvantage across time and place: A Bayesian spatiotemporal analysis. Child Abuse and Neglect, 24(2), 181-192.

Font, S. A. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2019). The organizational context of substantiation in child protective services cases. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Yang, M. Y., Maguire-Jack, K., Showalter, K., Kim, Y. K., & Slack, K. (2019). Child care subsidy and child maltreatment. Child and Family Social Work.

Dillard, R., Maguire-Jack, K., Showalter, K., Wolf, K., & Letson, M. (2019). Abuse disclosures of youth with problem sexualized behaviors and trauma symptomology. Child Abuse and Neglect, 88, 201-211.

Maguire-Jack, K., Purtell, K., Showalter, K., Barnhart, S., & Yang, M. Y. (2019). Preventive benefits of child care subsidy in child neglect. Children and Society, 33(2), 185-194.

Morris, M., Marco, M., Maguire-Jack, K., Kouros, C., Im, W., White, C., Bailey, B., Rao, U., & Garber, J. (2019). Connecting child maltreatment risk with crime and neighborhood disadvantage across time and place: A Bayesian spatio-temporal analysis. Child Maltreatment, 24(2), 181-192.

Showalter, K., Maguire-Jack, K., Yang, M. Y., & Purtell, K. (2019). Work outcomes for mothers experiencing intimate partner violence: The buffering effect of child care subsidy. Journal of Family Violence, 34(4), 299-308.

Showalter, K., Yoon, S., Maguire-Jack, K., Wolf, K., & Letson, M. (2019). Are dual and single exposures differently associated with clinical levels of trauma symptoms? Examining physical abuse and witnessing intimate partner violence among young children. Child and Family Social Work, 25(2), 439-447.

Wang, X., Maguire-Jack, K., Barnhart, S., & Yoon, S. (2019). Racial differences in the relationship between neighborhood disorder, adverse childhood experiences, and child behavioral health. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 48, 315-329.

Maguire-Jack, K., Negash, T., & Steinman, K. (2018). Child maltreatment prevention strategies and needs. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(11), 3572-3584.

Maguire-Jack, K., Cao, Y., & Yoon, S. (2018). Racial disparities in child maltreatment: The role of social service availability. Children and Youth Services Review, 86, 49-55.

Yang, M. Y. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2018). Individual and cumulative risks for child abuse and neglect. Family Relations, 67, 287-301.

Lanier, P., Maguire-Jack, K., Lombardi, B., Frey, J., & Rose, R. (2018). Adverse childhood experiences and child health outcomes: Comparing cumulative risk and latent class approaches. Maternal and Child Health, 22(3), 288-297.

Wang, X. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2018). Family and environmental influences on child behavioral health: The role of neighborhood disorder and adverse childhood experiences. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(1), 28-36.

Barnhart, S., Gearhart, M., & Maguire-Jack, K. (2018). Perceptions of collective efficacy among single mothers: Insights for conceptualization and measurement. Journal of Family Issues, 39(17), 4019-4040.

Slack, K. S., Font, S. A., Maguire-Jack, K., & Berger, L. M. (2017). Predicting Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement among U.S. families with young children receiving nutritional assistance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(10), 1197-1208.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Font, S. (2017). Community and individual risk factor for physical child abuse and child neglect: Variations by poverty status. Child Maltreatment, 22(3), 215-226.

Showalter, K., Maguire-Jack, K., & Barnhart, S. (2017). Investigating the potentially protective effects of neighborhood processes in intimate partner violence. Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 26(10), 1090-1103.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Font, S. (2017). Intersections of individual and neighborhood disadvantage: Implications for child maltreatment. Children and Youth Services Review, 72, 44-51.

Maguire-Jack, K & Lanier, P. (2017). Promoting the well-being of all children: An introduction to a special issue featuring the Doris Duke Fellowship. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 34(1), 1-5.

Merritt, D., Maguire-Jack, K., & Negash, T. (2017). Effective program models for the prevention of child maltreatment. In J. Conte & J.B. Klika (Eds.), APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (4th ed.). Sage Publications: New York.

Barnhart, S. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2016). Single mothers in their communities: The mediating role of parenting stress from neighborhood social cohesion and physical abuse. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 37-45.

Cao, Y. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2016). Interactions with community members and institutions: Preventive pathways for child maltreatment. Child Abuse and Neglect, 62, 111-121.

Yang, M. Y. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2016). Predictors of basic needs and supervisory neglect: Evidence from the Illinois Families Study. Children and Youth Services Review, 67, 20-26.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Wang, X. (2016). Pathways from neighborhood to neglect: the mediating role of social support and parenting stress. Children and Youth Services Review, 66, 28-34.

Negash, T. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2016). Do social services matter for child maltreatment prevention?: Interactions between social support and parent's knowledge of available local social services. Journal of Family Violence, 31(5), 557-565.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Showalter, K. (2016). The protective effect of neighborhood social cohesion in child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse and Neglect, 52, 29-37.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Negash, T. (2016). Parenting stress and child maltreatment: the buffering effect of neighborhood social service availability and accessibility. Children and Youth Services Review, 60, 27-33.

Font, S. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2016). Pathways from childhood abuse and other adversities to adult health risks: The role of adult socioeconomic conditions. Child Abuse and Neglect, 51, 390-399.

Freisthler, B. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2015). Understanding the interplay between neighborhood structural factors, social processes, and alcohol outlets on child physical abuse. Child Maltreatment, 20(4), 268-277.

Maguire-Jack, K., Lanier, P., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Welch, H., & Dineen, M. (2015). Geographic variation in racial disparities in child maltreatment: The influence of county poverty and population density. Child Abuse and Neglect, 47, 1-13.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Klein, S. (2015). Parenting and proximity to social services: Lessons from Los Angeles County in the community context of child neglect. Child Abuse and Neglect, 45, 35-45.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Negash, T. (2015). Barriers in access to child maltreatment prevention programs for families involved with child protective services. Journal of Child Custody, 12(2), 2147-2158.

Lanier, P., Maguire-Jack, K., & Welch, H. (2015). A nationally representative study of early childhood home visiting service use in the United States. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(10), 2147-2158.

Font, S. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2015). Decision-making in child protective services: Influences at multiple levels of the social ecology. Child Abuse and Neglect, 47, 70-82.

Kim, B. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2015). Community interaction and child maltreatment. Child Abuse and Neglect, 41, 146-157.

Lanier, P., Maguire-Jack, K., Mienko, J., & Panlilio, C. (2015). From causes to outcomes: Determining prevention can work. In D. Daro, A. Donnelly, L.A. Huang, & B. Powell (Eds.), Advances in Child Abuse Prevention Knowledge: The Perspective of New Leadership (121-138). Springer International Publishing: Switzerland.

Seay, K., Byers, K., Feely, M., Lanier, P., Maguire-Jack, K., & Mcgill, T. (2015). Scaling up: Replicating promising interventions with fidelity. In D. Daro, A. Donnelly, L.A. Huang, & B. Powell (Eds.), Advances in Child Abuse Prevention Knowledge: The Perspective of New Leadership (179-198). Springer International Publishing: Switzerland.

Maguire-Jack, K., & Bowers, J. (2014). Marathon county community response: Voluntary services for families screened out of child protective services. Child Welfare, 93(5), 65-82.

Lanier, P., Maguire-Jack, K., Walsh, T., & Hubel, G. (2014). Race and ethnic differences in early childhood maltreatment in the United States. Journal of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, 35(7), 419-426.

Maguire-Jack, K. (2014). The role of prevention services in the community context of child maltreatment. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, 85-95.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Font, S. (2014). Predicting recurrent maltreatment among high-risk families: Applying the Decision Making Ecology Framework. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, 29-39.

Maguire-Jack, K. & Byers, K. (2014). The impact of prevention programs on decisions in Child Protective Services. Child Welfare, 92(5), 59-86.

Maguire-Jack, K., Slack, K. S., & Berger, L. (2014). Wisconsin’s Community Response Program for families that have been reported for child maltreatment. Child Welfare, 92(4), 95-121.

Maguire-Jack, K. (2014). Multi-level investigation into the community context of child maltreatment. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 23(3), 229-248.

Font, S. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2013). Academic engagement and performance: Estimating the impact of out-of-home care for maltreated children. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(5), 856-864.

Maguire-Jack, K. Gromoske, A. & Berger, L. (2012). Spanking and child development during the first five years of life. Child Development, 83(6), 1960-1977.

Gromoske, A. & Maguire-Jack, K. (2012). Transactional and cascading relations between early spanking and children’s social-emotional development. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(5), 1054-1068.

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