PhD, Sociology and Social Work, University of Michigan
Cohort Two Fellow

Academic Mentor
Karin Martin
Professor, University of Michigan

Policy Mentor
Lesley Siegel
Assistant Clinical Professor, Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine

Current Institutional Affiliation
Rutgers University School of Social Work: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care SystemsEarly Childhood Education and InitiativesHome Visiting and Maltreatment PreventionImplementation ScienceMaternal HealthMental Health and Well-BeingCase Study ResearchContent AnalysisEthnographyGrounded TheoryLow-Income Families and Individuals


Dr. Emily Bosk is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Health, Health Policy, and Aging Research. Trained as both a sociologist and a clinical social worker, Dr. Bosk works at the intersection of social theory and applied practice.  Her research uses rigorous social science methods to theorize how organizations and individuals understand and intervene with vulnerable children and families and to trace out the policy and practice implications of these approaches. Specifically, her work examines the development and implementation of new forms of standardized decision-making in child welfare and the consequences of these tools at the individual, organizational, and policy level. Other areas of research include: issues related to the lack of integration of social service systems for families, understandings of ‘badness’ in young children and adolescents, and programs to support parent-child relationships.

Dr. Bosk has held fellowships in The Prevention of Child Maltreatment and the Promotion of Child Wellbeing through the Doris Duke Foundation and in Clinical Social Work in the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services Division at the Yale Child Study Center. Her work has been funded by grants from The National Science Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation.