Dr. Janet Rosenbaum, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health, was a co-author of a research paper awarded the Social Policy Publication Award for the Best Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal in 2019 by the Society for Research on Adolescence.
Dr. Rosenbaum designed the statistical approach for a study entitled, “Long-Term Effects of Truancy Diversion on School Attendance: a Quasi-Experimental Study with Linked Administrative Data,” published in Prevention Science, the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, in October 2019.
The publication is the foundational paper in a series of papers (under review or in process) that, together, demonstrate that widely-implemented truancy interventions fail to improve absenteeism and contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice involvement. Communities across the country are switching to court diversion programs to address truancy. These programs are highly popular because they are seen as helping families problem-solve around school attendance while still holding them accountable. This paper suggests that this popular strategy does not work, even as it continues to channel students into the juvenile justice system for non-criminal offenses.
Congratulations to Dr. Rosenbaum and her team for this impactful and important work, and for the well-deserved award by the Society for Research on Adolescence.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 31