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Rebecca Rebbe

Assistant Professor

Rebbeca Rebbe, Assistant Professor


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Rebecca Rebbe is an assistant professor in the UNC School of Social Work. Rebecca’s research examines the measurement of and community responses to child maltreatment. Her research is informed by 7 years of post-MSW practice working with families involved with child welfare systems, in both the public and private sectors.

Rebecca specializes in using population-based linked administrative datasets and data science techniques to better understand child maltreatment. She is the principal investigator of the NICHD-funded research project “The impact of COVID-19 on child maltreatment-related medical encounters and system responses using linked administrative data” (1R21HD105907-01). Rebecca is currently funded by a K01 award from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to study the relationship between social safety net accessibility and violence against children, which includes training in causal inference methods (K01-CE003548-01).

Her work has been published in academic journals, such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Child Maltreatment.

Degrees and Licenses

Ph.D., University of Washington
MSW, Boston College
EdM, Harvard University
BA, University of Portland

Primary Program

Research, MSW Education

Research and Professional Interests

Public child welfare
System responses to child maltreatment
Epidemiology of violence against children
Data science and visualization

Principal Investigator

The impact of COVID-19 on child maltreatment-related medical encounters and system responses using linked administrative data” (1R21HD105907-01)
A multi-level examination of social safety net accessibility as a modifiable structural condition contributing to violence against children (K01-CE003548-01)
The Risk of Death and Serious Injury Study (RODIS).

Recent Publications

Rebbe, R., Reddy, J., Huang, J.S., Kuelbs, C.L., &Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2023). Counts and child protection reports of diagnosed child maltreatment before and after the COVID-19 pandemic onset. Child Abuse & Neglect, 146.

Rebbe, R., Reddy, J., Kuelbs, C.L., Huang, J., & Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2023). The impact of COVID-19 on infant maltreatment emergency department and inpatient medical encounters. Journal of Pediatrics, 262.

Rebbe, R., Sattler, K. M., & Mienko, J. A. (2022). The association of race, ethnicity, and poverty with child maltreatment reporting. Pediatrics, 150(2), e2021053346.

Rebbe, R., Mienko, J.A., & Martinson, M.L. (2022). Reports and removals of child maltreatment-related hospitalizations: A population-based study. Child Maltreatment, 27(2), 235-245.

Rebbe, R., Eastman, A.E., Adhia, A., Foust, R., & Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2021). Co-reporting of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence: The likelihood of substantiations and foster care placements. Child Maltreatment, 26(4), 431-440.

Rebbe, R., (2018). What is neglect? State legal definitions in the United States. Child Maltreatment. 23(3), 303-315.



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