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Emily Bosk

Emily Adlin Bosk

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Sociology and Social Work University of Michigan MSW University of Michigan BA Vassar College

Dr. Bosk’s research interests include child wellbeing, child welfare services and policy, integration of social service systems, and infant mental health.


Emily Bosk is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Health, Health Policy, and Aging Research, the Center for Violence Against Women and Children, 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 uses rigorous social science methods to theorize how organizations and individuals understand and intervene with vulnerable children and families and to trace out the policy and practice implications of these approaches. 

Current research includes: analysis of standardized decision-making in child welfare at the individual, organizational, and policy level; parenting and substance use disorders; trauma-informed care, and programs to support parent-child relationships.

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.

Committed to translating her research for policymakers and practitioners, Dr. Bosk has provided consultation to child welfare agencies in several states and regularly collaborates with community agencies in New Jersey. 

Courses Taught: 

  • Direct Social Work Practice I
  • Psychopathology

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    

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