Roderick A. Rose has worked with social work, education, and public health researchers for more than 20 years to study and improve the well-being of children, primarily their behavioral and mental healthHe is an author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, including evaluations of experimental and non-experimental trials of interventions in numerous areas of youth development and well-being, including child maltreatment, mental health, and substance use. His two main areas of interest are (1) research design and methodswith a focus on frameworks and methods for causal inference; and (2) research and evaluation in youth-serving public systems. Most recently he has engaged in research examining practice, policy, and community influences on adolescent behavioral health, including medication prescribing and service utilization. Among his many publications are several methods articles describing and illustrating the use of advanced methods in social work and allied fields. He currently serves as a consulting editor for Children and Youth Services Review and Social Work Research and as Special Editor for Methods at the Journal of Family Violence


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Expertise & Interests

  • Youth in foster care, with an emphasis on behavioral health
  • Program evaluation in youth-serving public systems
  • Advanced methods for social work research with a focus on methods for causal inference

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Public Policy

M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Economics

B.S., State University of New York at Albany - Economics

Recent Publications

Rose, R. A., Cosgrove, J. A., & Lee, B. R. (in press.) Directed Acyclic Graphs in social work research and evaluation: A primer. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. Preprint; to be published in 2022 by the Journal of the Society for Social Work  DOCX


Wimberly, A.S., Rose, R., Levin, K., Goddard-Eckrich, D., Gilbert, L., Wu, E., Dasgupta, A., Hunt, T., Henry, Brandy F., El-Bassel. (in press). Traumatic life events and stressors: Associations with substance use problems of men under community supervision. Journal of Correctional Health Care.


Lee, H., Zhang, C., Rose, R., & dosReis, S. (2022). Pediatric off-label antipsychotic use for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Clinical Therapeutics. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinthera.2022.07.011


Rose, R. A., Lanier, P., dosReis, S., & Tamrat, W. (2022). Antipsychotic use among youth in foster care with comorbid ADHD and disruptive behavior disorder. Journal of Child and Family Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02375-1


Rose, R. A., Lanier, P., & dosReis, S. (2022). Antipsychotic medications and admission to psychiatric residential treatment facilities among youth in foster care diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Online First. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000624


Cosgrove, J. A., Rose, R. A., Lee, B. R., Huhr, S., & Wulczyn, F. (2022). Reducing confounding bias in non-experimental evaluation: An application of Empirical Bayes residuals. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. https://doi.org/10.1086/719038


Jennings, S. W., Torres-Hostos, L. R., Rose, R. A., Leal, R. M. (2022). The impact of Strong Families, Strong Communities on relationship functioning in low-income African American and Hispanic individuals: Findings from a federally-funded RCT. Family Process. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12758


Lanier, P., Chung, G., & Rose, R. A. (2022). A quasi-experimental study of Intensive Alternative Family Treatment to prevent entry of youth into psychiatric residential treatment. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 39(3), 303-311. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-021-00758-9