Personal profile

Research interests

The goal of our research group is to help alleviate the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which include experiences such as abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence and neighborhood violence, peer victimization, and parental mental illness. We examine the consequences and associated features of these experiences, and the factors that underlie and exacerbate their effects. We also seek to bridge the gap between academic research on interventions related to ACEs and actual practices on the ground. We focus especially on the factors affecting the effectiveness of these interventions across multiple domains, such as mental and physical health, education, and law. Finally, we are interested in the local, state, and federal policies that address ACEs and interventions related to ACEs.


Education / Academic qualification

PhD, University of California


BA, Harvard University



  • adverse childhood experiences
  • child maltreatment
  • child welfare
  • domestic violence
  • victimization
  • health
  • educational disparities
  • opportunity gap
  • achievement gap

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Research Output 1998 2017

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Stress and Mental Health in College Students

Karatekin, C. Jan 1 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Stress and Health.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Mental Health
Longitudinal Studies

Maltreated Children and Their Families in Juvenile Dependency Court II: Maltreatment Recidivism

Lawler, J. M., Gehrman, R. & Karatekin, C. Mar 14 2016 In : Journal of Public Child Welfare. 10, 2, p. 215-236 22 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Dependency (Psychology)
family size
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Evidence-Based Parenting Programs for Maltreating Parents: Views of Child Protective Services Caseworkers

Pinna, K. L. M., Lewis, L. K., Karatekin, C., Lamb-Onyiga, A., Hirilall, A. & Jones, S. D. Jan 1 2015 In : Journal of Public Child Welfare. 9, 4, p. 362-381 20 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Child Protective Services
1 Citations
child welfare
Child Welfare
Child Abuse

An evaluation of the effects of an integrated services program for multi-service use families on child welfare and educational outcomes of children

Canan, K., Saahoon, H., Krstin, P., Jill, U., Jeff, M. & Karatekin, C. 2014 In : Children and Youth Services Review. 41, p. 16-26

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

child welfare
Child Welfare
Child Abuse