Corey Shdaimah, LL.M., PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and Academic Coordinator of the MSW/JD Dual Degree Program. Dr. Shdaimah’s research and writing focuses on how people respond, adapt to, and try to change policies that they perceive as ineffective or unjust across a number of substantive areas. She has ongoing projects exploring child care policy, dependency court reforms, and criminal justice responses to sex work. Dr. Shdaimah relies on a variety of primarily qualitative methods, including ethnographic methods and photovoice, which elicit the important insights that people have about improving the systems in which they work and interact. She is the author of several books including, with co-author Elizabeth Palley In Our Hands: The Struggle for US Child Care (New York University Press).
Voices of Child Care Providers: An Exploratory Study on the Impact of Policy Changes, with co-PI Elizabeth Palley of Adelphi University- we are finishing data analysis and plan to turn our presentation for the Work and Family Researchers Network conference into a peer reviewed journal article. We are also seeking funding to expand the study to include interviews with regulators and to replicate in three other states. I also continue to do research with street-based sex workers who are in court-affiliated prostitution diversion programs.