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Diane DePanfilis

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Dr. Diane DePanfilis, Professor and Director, Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children

child welfare challengeLearn more about Diane DePanfilis' co-authored book The Child Welfare Challenge.

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.3609
Room: C002-003, 550 W. Baltimore Street

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

MSW, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
PhD, University of Maryland

Expertise and Research Interests:
Prevention of Child Maltreatment
Implementation of Child Welfare Policy, Practice, and System Reforms
Social Work Intervention Research with Families

Past President of the National Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Council on Social Work Education

International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
National Association of Social Workers
Society for Social Work and Research

Recent Publications:
Lindsey, M.A., Hayward, R.A., & DePanfilis, D. (2010). Gender differences in
behavioral outcomes among children at risk of neglect: Findings from a family-focused prevention intervention. Research on Social Work Practice, 20,6, 572-581.

Christoffersen, M.N., & DePanfilis, D. (2010). Psychological maltreatment and adolescents’ suicidal behavior: A nationwide sample of 1,055 children at risk. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma 3, (3), 109-124.

Hayward, R.A., DePanfilis, D., & Woodruff, K. (2010). Parental methamphetamine use and implications for child welfare intervention: A review of the literature. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 4(1), 25-60. 

DePanfilis, D., Filene, J. H., & Brodowski, M. L. (2009). Introduction to Family Connections and the national replication effort. Protecting Children, 24(3), 4-14.

Sharpe, T., DePanfilis, D., Strieder, F. , & Gregory, G. (2009). Replication of Family Connections: Lessons learned from grandparents. Protecting Children, 24(3), 58-68.

Dubowitz, H., & DePanfilis, D. (2009). Child welfare in the USA: In theory and practice. International Journal on Child Health and Human Development, 2(3), 305-312. 

Kaplan, C., Schene, P., DePanfilis, D., & Gilmore, D. (2009). Introduction: Shining light on chronic neglect. Protecting Children, 24(1), 1-7.

DePanfilis, D. (2009). Using prevention science to reduce the risk of child neglect. Children Australia, 34(1), 40-44.

Christoffersen, M.N., & DePanfilis, D. (2009). Prevention of child abuse and neglect and improvements in child development. Child Abuse Review, 18, 24-40.

DePanfilis, D., & Zlotnik, J., (2008). Retention of front-line staff in child welfare: A systematic review of research. Children & Youth Services Review, 30, 995-1008.DePanfilis, D., Dubowitz, H., & Kunz, J. (2008). Assessing the cost-effectiveness of Family Connections. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 335-351.

Girvin, H., DePanfilis, D., & Daining, C. (2007). Predicting program completion among families enrolled in a child neglect preventive intervention. Research on Social Work Practice, 17, 674-685.

Hayward, R. A., & DePanfilis, D. (2007). Foster children with an incarcerated parent: Predictors of reunification. Children & Youth Services Review, 29, 1320-1334.

Daining, C. & DePanfilis, D. (2007). Resilience of youth in transition from out-of home care to adulthood. Children & Youth Services Review, 29, 1158-1178.

DePanfilis, D., & Hayward, R.A. (2006). Ongoing child protective services (CPS) with methamphetamine using Families: Implementing promising practices.  Prepared for the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services, A program of the USDHHS, Children’s Bureau. Available at this link.

DePanfilis, D. (2006).  Child neglect: A guide for prevention, assessment, and intervention. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.

DePanfilis, D. (2006). Commentary – Compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion satisfaction: Implications for retention of workers. Child Abuse and Neglect, 30, 1067-1069.

DePanfilis, D., & Dubowitz, H. (2005). Family Connections: A program for preventing child neglect. Child Maltreatment, 10, 108-123.

DePanfilis, D., & Girvin, H. (2005).  Investigating child maltreatment in out-of-home care: Barriers to good decision-making. Children & Youth Services Review, 27, 353-374.

Swanson Ernst, J., Meyer, M., & DePanfilis, D. (2004). The effects of structural characteristics of housing on adequacy of physical child care: An exploratory analysis. Child Welfare, Special Issue on Housing and Homelessness, 83, 437-452.

DePanfilis, D., & Salus, M. (2003). Child Protective Services: A guide for caseworkers. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.

DePanfilis, D., Okundaye, J., Glazer-Semmel, E., Kelly, L., & Swanson-Ernst, J. (2002). Principles of the strengths perspective: Views from families and providers. Family Preservation Journal, 6(2), 1-14.

Harrington, D., Zuravin, S. J., DePanfilis, D., Dubowitz, H., & Ting, L. (2002). The Neglect Scale: Confirmatory factor analysis in a low-income sample. Child Maltreatment, 7, 359-368.

DePanfilis, D., & Zuravin, S. J. (2002). The effect of services on the recurrence of child maltreatment. Child Abuse and Neglect, 26, 187-205.

DePanfilis, D., & Zuravin, S. J. (2001). Assessing risk to determine the need for services. Children and Youth Services Review, 23, 3-20.

Dubowitz, H., & DePanfilis, D. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook for child protection practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

DePanfilis, D., & Zuravin, S. J. (1999). Predicting child maltreatment recurrences during treatment. Child Abuse and Neglect, 23(8), 729-743.

DePanfilis, D., & Zuravin, S. J. (1999). Epidemiology of child maltreatment recurrences. Social Services Review, 73, 218-239.

DePanfilis, D., & Zuravin, S. J. (1998). Rates, patterns, and frequency of child maltreatment recurrences among public CPS families. Child Maltreatment, 3, 27-42.