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Julie Cederbaum

Associate Professor

Julie Cederbaum focuses on the impact of childhood adversity on the well-being of youth, as well as primary and secondary HIV prevention both within and outside the United States.

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Rank:  Tenure Track Faculty
Department:  Children, Youth and Families

Julie Cederbaum

Associate Professor

Julie Cederbaum focuses on the impact of childhood adversity on the well-being of youth, as well as primary and secondary HIV prevention both within and outside the United States.

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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.
Her current project is Project Fatherhood (a collaboration with Children’s Institute, Inc), a longitudinal intervention study exploring ways in which knowledge and skill-building and strengthen father-child and father-partner relationships. This work is funded by a grant from the Administration of Children and Families. Other projects are focused on pregnancy and parenting and 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 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Professor Cederbaum serves as the current 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

  • 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

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


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...



Introduction to Social Work Practice with Children, Youth and Families

Understanding development of children and families from birth to adolescence and the developmental difficulties from an ecological perspective. Assessment/engagement of families and Interventions are introduced.

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.