Svetlana Shpiegel
Svetlana Shpiegel, PhD, MSW
Montclair State University, Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy - Associate Professor
PhD, Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
MSW, Social Work, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
BA, Behavioral Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Research Interests
Adolescents, sexual and reproductive health, child maltreatment, foster care, harm reduction, substance use during pregnancy
Svetlana Shpiegel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University. Her research focuses primarily on the functioning of adolescents and young adults involved with the foster care system. She is especially interested in expectant and parenting youth with histories of child maltreatment and foster care, including their experiences of substance use. Dr. Shpiegel has expertise working with large administrative datasets in child welfare, such as the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), and the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Her past and current research projects have been funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Vital Strategies Foundation, Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Principal Investigator, Center for Harm Reduction Education, Training and Research in Northern New Jersey. Active


Shpiegel S, Simmel C, Sapiro B, Ramirez Quiroz S (2022).
Resilient outcomes among youth aging-out of foster care: Findings from the National Youth in Transition Database
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 16 (4), 427-450. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2021.1899098.

Shpiegel S, Cascardi M (2018).
The impact of early childbirth on socioeconomic outcomes and risk indicators of females transitioning out of foster care
Children and Youth Services Review, 84, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.11.001.

Shpiegel S, Sussman S, Sherman SE, El-Shahawy O (2017).
Smoking behaviors among adolescents in foster care: A gender-based analysis
Substance Use and Misuse, 52 (11), 1469-1477. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1285315. PMCID: PMC6109448.

Shpiegel S, Lister JJ, Isralowitz R (2016).
Relationships between delinquency and substance use among adolescents emancipating from foster care
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 16 (1-2), 113-131. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2016.1164059.

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