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 ten years of practice experience prior to teaching. She was employed by Chautauqua County Department of Social Services (DSS) in New York State working with children and families. Dr. Hartinger-Saunders work in the child welfare arena includes casework and supervisory experience across multiple areas including prevention, foster care, adoption, and juvenile crime/violence. Dr. Hartinger-Saunders has extensive experience collaborating with community organizations in an effort to improve outcomes for children and youth.
Her broad research interests include child welfare, child maltreatment, youth violence and social work education. More specifically her interests include exploring the emotional, social, psychological, familial and practical experiences of adoptive families who adopt within the child welfare system and evaluating outcomes for adoptees; exploring family, peer and neighborhood factors that influence victimization and criminal offending among children and youth; and the use of technology in social work education and practice.