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Julie Cederbaum

Associate Professor

Julie Cederbaum focuses on the impact of adversity on parents and children, with particular focus on dyadic processes that strengthen family systems.

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Julie Cederbaum

Associate Professor

Julie Cederbaum focuses on the impact of adversity on parents and children, with particular focus on dyadic processes that strengthen family systems.

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Julie Cederbaum is an associate professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Her work focuses on the impact of childhood adversity and family processes on the well-being of  youth. Using a dyad and family systems lens, her research explores the strengths and challenges experienced by diverse families, and ways in which parenting processes and behaviors (i.e. parent–child communication, parental monitoring, parent–child relationship, and parental role modeling) and positively influence mental health, reproductive health, and substance use behaviors in children, adolescents and young adults.
In collaboration with Children’s Institute, Inc, Professor Cederbaum is evaluating a group-based intervention to explore ways in which knowledge and skill-building strengthen father-child and father-partner relationships. This longitudinal intervention work is funded by a grant from the Administration of Children and Families. Professor Cederbaum is also a 2023 recipient of the SC CTSI Pilot Funding Program. This work will use a sequential mixed-methods design to examine the experiences of transitional age youth in foster care (TAYFC) with the goal of understanding the profiles of TAY who are currently participating or have participated in the independent living services programs, the benefits of service engagement and remaining perceived needs of TAYFC who participate in the program, and the desire or need for a more structured intervention to meet goals. Other projects are focused on pregnancy and parenting, behavioral outcomes for teen mothers and their children, parenting and behavioral outcomes among adolescents of HIV-affected families, partner and parenting relationships in military families, experiences of child-welfare involved youth and the role of social support in facilitating positive outcomes in adolescents in young adults. This work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, Department of Defense and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Professor Cederbaum serves as the immediate past chair of the Public Health Social Work section of the American Public Health Association, and serves as the Discipline Director for two Maternal Child Health funded programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CA-LEND) and Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine Center (PPSMC).
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University of Pennsylvania

PhD 2009

University of Pennsylvania

MPH 2007

University of California, Los Angeles

MSW 2001

Drew University

BA 1997

Area of Expertise

  • Parenting
  • Motherhood
  • Fatherhood
  • Behavioral Health
  • Reproductive Health
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice

Industry Experience

  • Social Services
  • Research
  • Education/Learning
  • Health and Wellness

Research Interest

Children & Families Behavioral Health Reproductive Health Childhood Adversity

Grand Challenges

Public health social work as a unifying framework for social work’s grand challenges

Cederbaum, J. A., Ross, A. M., Ruth, B. J., & Keefe, R. H. (2019).
Public health social work as a unifying framework for social work’s grand challenges. Social Work, 64, 9-18. doi:10.1093/sw/swy045

Professor Cederbaum serves as an organizational member of the board for APHA PHSW.

Articles & Publications

Zerden, L. D., Ross, A. M., Cederbaum, J. A., Guan, T., Zelnick, J., & Ruth, B. J. (in press). Race and COVID-19 related stressors among social workers in health settings: Public health 3.0+ social care. Health & Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/hsw/hlad002

Cederbaum, J. A., Zerden, L. D., Ross, A. M., Zelnick, J., Pak, H., & Ruth, B. J. (2023). The experiences of caretaking and financial stress among social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Work, 68(1), 47-56. https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swac040

Cederbaum, J. A., Ross, A. M., Zerden, L. D., Estenson, L., Zelnick, J., & Ruth, B. J. (2022). “We are on the frontlines too”: A qualitative content analysis of U.S. social workers experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and Social Care in the Community, 30, e5412–e5422. https//doi.org/ 10.1111/hsc.13963

Ross, A. M., Cederbaum, J. A., Zerden, L. D., Zelnick, J., & Ruth, B. J., Guan, T. (2022). Bearing a disproportionate burden: Racial/ethnic disparities in experiences of U.S.-based social workers during COVID-19. Social Work, 67, 28-40. https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swab050


Integrative Practice I
Principles underlying social work practice with emphasis on rapport building, engagement, assessment and contracting individuals, families and groups through a framework of social justice.

Social Work Practice with Children and Families in Early and Middle Childhood
Provides understanding of the development of problems in early childhood, and skills for engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of effectiveness for treatment of these problems.

SOWK 770 Introduction to Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods
Overview of the use of qualitative and mixed methods in social, clinical and health services research.