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Robert L. Fischer, PhD
In the News
Plain Dealer Article Highlights CWRU Study on the Negative Effects of Poor Housing on Kindergarten Readiness
Apr 25 2016
Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Poverty Center, was interviewed for “Bad housing—not just due to lead poisoning—tied to lower kindergarten test scores,” an article by The Plain Dealer featuring the Poverty Center’s recent study as a part of their series Toxic Neglect.
In the report Leveraging Integrated Data Systems to Examine the Effect of Housing and Neighborhood Conditions on Kindergarten Readiness, Claudia Coulton, Francisca Richter, Seok Joo Kim, Robert Fischer, and Youngmin Cho examine the effects of housing deterioration on elevated lead levels and kindergarten readiness.
“The Case study points to the need for community leaders to pay closer attention to early warning signs that children are living in distressed housing,” Coulton said. She suggested the city could integrate its data concerning high lead risk houses with other organizations’ data on indicators of housing deterioration to create an “early warning system” to monitor properties posing a high risk for children.
Nonprofit Quarterly also commented on the Plain Dealer story in a feature as well as the Poverty Center report.
Click here for recent news from the Poverty Center about lead poisoning in children.
Apr 18 2016
The Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) recently released Investigating the Pathway to Proficiency from Birth Through 3rd Grade, a report examining the impact of early childhood risk factors on kindergarten readiness and third grade reading proficiency. This study was conducted by Claudia Coulton, PhD and Robert Fischer, PhD, co-directors of the Poverty Center.
This large-scale study used an integrated data system (IDS) to combine data from three different data sources. They used county-level individual data from the ChildHood Integrated Longitudinal Data (CHILD) System, state-level individual data from the Education Management Information System (EMIS), and neighborhood-level data from the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO).
Connecting these different data types provided a more comprehensive picture of the interactions of different risk factors, and allowed the researchers to investigate the connection between neighborhood poverty level and academic success.
Dr. Robert Fischer was previously interviewed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer about this report and its implications.
Apr 15 2016
On April 15, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will gather in Case Western Reserve’s Veale Convocation Center for the annual Research ShowCASE, a day filled with exploration and discovery of the university’s exciting research. Check out the full list of Mandel School presenters below, including many faculty members, students and researchers
Faculty (highlighted), Research Staff, and Doctoral Students (bold):
2. Dalhee Yoon, Paul Tuschman, Mark, I. Singer, Margaret Baughman-Sladky, Michael C. Gearhart: “Case Study: Staff Perspectives on the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Drug Courts Serving Opioid-Addicted Clients”
3. Dalhee Yoon, David S. Crampton, Susan Yoon, Sarah K. Bearman: “Assessing the Impact of Family Participation on Team Decisionmaking”
5. Aviva Vincent, David L. Hussey, Michelle Riske-Morris: “Reversing the Pipeline: Examining the Need for Transition Planning from Prison to the Community”
7. Robert Fischer, Elizabeth Anthony, Nina Lalich, Marci Blue, Tsui Chan: “Childhood Lead Exposure in the City of Cleveland: Why Point-in-Time Estimates Aren’t Enough”
8. Seungjong Cho, Sun Kyung Kim: “Adjustment Problems of Female Spouses of International Students: Theoretical Frameworks” (Oral Presentation)
9. Weidi Qin: “Patterns of Diabetes Among Asian Americans”
Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Sharon Milligan):
1. Chelsea Smith: “The Causes and Treatments for Eating Disorders: A literature Review”
2. Amy Wang: “The relationship between socioeconomic status and other demographic factors and dental health behavior”
3. Feifei Deng: “Oral Health and Its Impact on General Health: A Literature Review of Society’s Response”
4. Isabelle Haney: “Mental Health Prevalence, Stigma, and Resources among College Students”
5. Amarinder Syan: “The Impact of Food Deserts on Food Insecurity in the United States”
Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Megan Holmes):
1. Michaela Epperson: “Beliefs, Resiliency, and Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence”
Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):
1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur: “Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: Seeking Expert Opinions”
MSSA Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):
1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur:
“Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: A Targeted Literature Review”