Katie Maguire-Jack (MPA ’06) and two colleagues received a $3 million grant to address substance abuse problems in Ohio. Maguire-Jack, who received her doctorate in social welfare from UW–Madison, is an assistant professor at The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work.
The grant, one of the largest awarded in the college’s 100-year history, is funded by the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Maguire-Jack, an assistant professor since 2013, is collaborating with Professor and Associate Dean of Research Bridget Freisthler and Assistant Professor Susan Yoon.
It will support regional partnership intervention activities in Ohio’s Fairfield and Pickaway counties to reduce child abuse and neglect among families who have substance-abuse problems. In Pickaway County, 100 percent of substance-involved families were due to opioid (including heroin) misuse, while 58 percent of all cases in Fairfield County involved opioids.
Before joining Ohio State, Maguire-Jack was a research assistant at UW–Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty and was a doctoral fellow with the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood at HHS. She also received a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Wellbeing.
Maguire-Jack’s research focuses on child abuse and neglect, child maltreatment prevention, neighborhoods, poverty, program evaluation, social policy, and parenting.