Emily Adlin Bosk is an Associate professor of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Health, Health Policy, and Aging Research, the Center for Research on Ending Violence, and the Department of Sociology.  Trained as both a sociologist and a clinical social worker, Dr. Bosk works at the intersection of social theory and applied practice. Her research examines how organizations, practitioners, and policymakers understand and intervene with children and families and the policy and practice implications of their different approaches. The goal of her work is to develop policies and interventions that help families and children thrive.
Dr. Bosk’s clinical specialty is in the early years and complex trauma. Currently, she is developing two clinical interventions: One to treat complex trauma in caregivers with substance use disorders and the second to promote parental sensitivity and attunement with young children through drumming.
Committed to translating her research work for policymakers and practitioners, Dr. Bosk regularly collaborates with the state of New Jersey and community-based mental health organizations on policies and interventions to prevent maltreatment and promote child and family wellbeing. At the School of Social Work, she leads the Substance Use, Trauma, Attachment, and Resilience Initative (S.TA.R.) which is dedicated to advancing research and interventions to address the intersection of substance use, parenting, and childhood trauma.
Dr. Bosk has held fellowships in The Prevention of Child Maltreatment and the Promotion of Child Wellbeing through the Doris Duke Foundation and in Clinical Social Work in the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services Division at the Yale Child Study Center. Her work has been funded by grants from The National Science Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation.

Courses Taught

  • Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (MSW, BSW)
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis (MSW)
  • Trauma-Informed Practice with Children and Youth (MSW)
  • Social Theory (DSW)
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Minoritized Communities: Linnking the Structural with the Interpersonal (DSW)
  • Examples of Qualitative Research (DSW)

Selected Recent Publications

    Bosk, E.A. Iron Cage or Tissue Paper? (Forthcoming). The interplay of worker characteristics and organizational policy in shaping unequal responses to standardized decision-making tools. Social Problems.

    Hirschman, D., & Bosk, E.A. Standard biases? (2019). The treatment of race in formal selection devices for decision-making. Journal of Sociology of Race and

    Bosk, E.A., Suchman, N., Paris., R., Ruisard., D., Hanson., K. (2019). Innovations in child welfare interventions for caregivers with substance use disorders. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 99-112.

    Stepleton, K., Bosk, E. A., Duron, J. F., Greenfield, B., Ocasio, K., & MacKenzie, M. J. (2018). Exploring associations between maternal adverse childhood experiences and child behavior. Children and Youth Services Review, 95, 80-87.

    Bosk, E.A. (2018). What counts? Quantification, worker judgment, and divergence in child welfare decision making, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 42(2), 205-224