Child Maltreatment

Estimates suggest that nearly 4 in 10 children experience maltreatment before turning 18.  Early detection is important to mitigate maltreatment and engender children’s recovery from its negative effects. Yet factors that drive early detection remain understudied.  With coauthors, Fitzpatrick investigates the role of schools and teachers in reporting child maltreatment.  She also examines how data-driven decision-making can help aid child welfare agencies in making decisions that are better for child outcomes.