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Robin Marie Hartinger-Saunders

Associate Professor    

Robin M. Hartinger-Saunders is an Associate Professor in The School of Social Work at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Dr. Saunders graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1993 with a B.A. in Sociology. She obtained her Masters in Social Work (MSW) in 1997 and her PhD in 2008 from the University of Buffalo (UB). Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State University, Dr. Hartinger-Saunders was the Field Administrator and a faculty member in the BSW program at The State University of New York at Fredonia.

Dr. Hartinger-Saunders has over 25 years of experience in the field of child welfare. She has extensive experience collaborating with community organizations to advance child welfare practice and improve outcomes for children, youth and families. She has examined multilevel factors that contribute to child welfare issues and predict outcomes for children and families. She simultaneously explored family, peer and neighborhood factors that contributed to victimization and criminal offending among young men in Buffalo, N.Y. Furthermore, Dr. Hartinger-Saunders also conducted the 2012 National Adoptive Families Study, which explored the emotional, social, psychological, and practical experiences of adoptive families who adopt children from the child welfare system and examined short and long-term outcomes for adoptive families and adoptees.

Dr. Hartinger-Saunders is the Principal Investigator and Program Director of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Education and Training Program in Georgia State University’s School of Social Work. She is also one of several co-investigators working on the Atlanta Youth Count and Needs Assessment (AYCNA) with Principal Investigators, Dr. Eric Wright and Dr. Erin Ruel in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Hartinger-Saunders and her colleague, Dr. Nicholas Forge are currently examining trauma experienced by LGBTQ homeless youth with previous child welfare system-involvement. She continues to be involved with researchers at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo Center for Social Research, examining the ecological context of mental, emotional, and behavioral health problems among young men.

Broad Research Interests: Child welfare outcomes, victimization and offending among youth, child welfare workforce development, the experiences of LGBTQ youth with previous child welfare system-involvement, the experiences of adoptive parents and adoptees, technology and social work education.