Julie Cederbaum

Associate Professor

Dr. Cederbaum focuses on primary and secondary HIV prevention both within and outside the United States.

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Julie Cederbaum
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Rank:  Tenure Track Faculty
Department:  Children, Youth and Families
Assignment:  Ground

Julie Cederbaum

Associate Professor

Dr. Cederbaum focuses on primary and secondary HIV prevention both within and outside the United States.

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Julie Cederbaum joined in 2009 after completing her doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked within a multidisciplinary team at the Center for Health Disparities Research. Her work has focused on primary and secondary HIV prevention both within and outside the United States. Her dissertation work, funded by an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, examined mother-daughter communication about abstinence and safe sex. Specifically, she targeted understanding the differences in mother communication and daughter HIV-risk behaviors between HIV-positive and HIV-negative mother-daughter dyads. Cederbaum's research interests include primary and secondary HIV prevention; social work and public health practice with families; and interventions with families and youth. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a direct practice clinician with families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Bilingual-bicultural in Spanish, other clinical practice arenas have included welfare-to-work, health clinics and housing programs. All of Cederbaum's work has been within a family systems paradigm and utilized short-term therapeutic models. She is a member of the Society for Social Work and Research, the Social Welfare Action Alliance and the American Public Health Association. Cederbaum serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, and the Journal of Nursing in AIDS Care. Her teaching interests include direct social work practice with children and families, social work practice in health care settings and social work research. To reference the work of Julie Cederbaum online, we ask that you directly quote their work where possible and attribute it to "Julie Cederbaum, a faculty at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work” (LINK: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu)


University of Pennsylvania

PhD 2009

University of Pennsylvania

MPH 2007

University of California, Los Angeles

MSW 2001

Drew University

BA 1997

Area of Expertise

  • Communication
  • Motherhood
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Abstinence

Industry Experience

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

Research Interest

  • Behavioral Health
  • Children & Families
  • Health


Honored Fellow, Institute in Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development, NICHD

Articles & Publications

Well-Being and Suicidal Ideation of Secondary School Students From Military Families | Journal of Adolescent Health

Julie A Cederbaum, Tamika D Gilreath, Rami Benbenishty, Ron A Astor, Diana Pineda, Kris T DePedro, Monica C Esqueda, Hazel Atuel
2014 The mental health of children is a primary public health concern; adolescents of military personnel may be at increased risk of experiencing poorer well-being overall and depressive symptoms specifically. These adolescents experience individual and intrafamilial stressors of parental deployment and reintegration, which are directly and indirectly associated with internalizing behaviors.The present study sought to better understand the influence of parental military connectedness and parental deployment on adolescent mental health...


Prevalence and correlates of victimization and weapon carrying among military- and nonmilitary-connected youth in Southern California | Preventive medicine

Tamika D Gilreath, Ron A Astor, Julie A Cederbaum, Hazel Atuel, Rami Benbenishty
2014 Objectives The present analysis sought to explore the normative rates and correlates of school victimization and weapon carrying among military-connected and nonmilitary-connected youth in public schools in Southern California. Methods Data are from a sub-sample of the 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey (N = 14,512). Items to assess victimization and weapon carrying were separated into three categories: physical acts (e.g., being pushed or shoved), nonphysical acts (e.g., having rumors spread about them) and weapon carrying. Results The bivariate results indicate that youth with a military-connected parent had higher rates of physical victimization (56.8%), nonphysical victimization (68.1%), and weapon carrying (14.4%) compared to those with siblings serving (55.2%, 65.2%, and 11.4%, respectively) and nonmilitary-connected (50.3%, 61.6%, and 8.9%, respectively) youth...


A cross-sectional examination of birth rates among adolescent girls in foster care | Children and Youth Services Review

Bryn King, Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Julie A Cederbaum, Barbara Needell
2014 Although research has suggested that girls in foster care are at high risk of teen birth, limited data have been available from which rates could be calculated and characterized. This California study was based on a dataset constructed by probabilistically matching foster care records to statewide birth records. Using these linked data, we computed cross-sectional birth rate estimates for 15- to 17-year-old girls who were in foster care during each year from 2006 to 2010, characterizing the placement-related experiences and timing of births...