Faculty Candidate for the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network's Cluster Hire on Child Maltreatment

Michael MacKenzie Job Talk

Michael MacKenzie, an Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University, will present a talk titled, “Exploring Transactional Processes in Applied Domains: From Harsh Parenting to Out-of-Home Care,” at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23 in 127 Moore Building. Dr. MacKenzie is a faculty candidate for Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network’s cluster hire on child maltreatment.

ABSTRACT: The problem of drift in foster care settings, with some children facing multiple placement disruptions, represents a primary obstacle to the stability necessary for the formation of secure relationships and healthy development. Despite the seriousness of this problem, there is a paucity of studies examining the developmental processes underlying placement instability and an over-reliance on administrative data. Dr. MacKenzie will review his work on the reciprocal transactions involved in harsh parenting across early child development and provide a theoretical model for understanding the experiences of child welfare system involved children undergoing placement disruptions.

About the Network Cluster Hire
Through its hiring of at least 12 new faculty members, the Network will transform its capacity in basic and translational multidisciplinary research that addresses important gaps in the field of child maltreatment. We will translate findings into practice and promote models of wide dissemination and sustainability. Significant areas of research will include: human development, bio-behavioral health, public policy, criminology, psychology, medicine, education, nursing, human services, and prevention science.