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Emily Putnam-Hornstein, PhD

Inducted in 2024

Current Position

John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need, School of Social Work, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Emily Putnam-Hornstein is the John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work and faculty co-director of the Children’s Data Network. She also maintains appointments as a distinguished scholar at the University of Southern California and as a research specialist with the California Child Welfare Indicators Project at UC Berkeley. For nearly two decades, Emily has partnered with public agencies – including the California Department of Social Services and California’s Health and Human Services Agency – to carry out applied research to inform child welfare policy and practice. More recently, her agency partnerships have focused on the translation of predictive risk models into operational tools. Emily is the recipient of the Forsythe Award for Child Welfare Leadership from the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators and the Commissioner’s Award from the Children’s Bureau. Emily graduated from Yale University with a BA in Psychology, received her MSW from Columbia University, and earned her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.

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