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McNellan honored at IPRC Student Presentation Day

Claire McNellen, Ph.D. studentClaire McNellan, a first-year doctoral student at UNC School of Social Work, was one of two UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students whose presentations were selected as “top rated” at Student Presentation Day, sponsored by UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.

Mary Figgatt, a doctoral student in epidemiology at Gillings School of Global Public Health, was also honored during the April 8, 2021, event. The theme for the event was “Intersectional Approaches to Injury and Violence Prevention in a Post-COVID World.”

McNellan presented research on “Risk Stratification and Targeted Child Protection Services Delivery in Los Angeles County.” As part of her presentation, McNellan noted that child protective services have received fewer hotline reports of possible child abuse and neglect since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with faculty mentor Emily Putnam-Hornstein, McNellan helped develop a risk stratification model to identify the most complex risk cases. Such models can be useful in identifying families with the greatest unmet need for services.

Social work was one of several disciplines represented during Student Presentation Day. The event also reflected work by other UNC School of Social Work students and faculty. For example, research by a team including faculty members Cindy Fraga Rizo and Rebecca Macy and doctoral student LB Klein was cited in a presentation by Alex Coffey, a doctoral student at Gillings.

McNellan earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and bioethics at Colorado College and a Master of Public Health at University of Washington. She has worked at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, and Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children. She is currently a graduate research assistant with the Children’s Data Network.