Christina Bruhn, Ph.D.

Aaron WymanAssistant Professor
School of Social Work 

Office Location: Alumni Hall 110
Telephone: 630-844-5405
Fax: 630-844-4923
Email address: cbruhn@aurora.edu

I believe that students of social work are called to this field of study and to this profession because they want to make a positive difference in the world. These purposes are fully consistent with the mission and the culture at Aurora University. I teach and practice research at Aurora because I feel that the decisions we make as we develop our practices, programs, and policy should be guided by the best evidence that can be marshaled. I look forward to working with students as they develop these skills and learn to apply them in real-world settings. 

Education
Ph.D., Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago.
MSW, Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago.
B.A., Biology, Kenyon College.

Areas of Specialization
Research methods
Child welfare
Disability studies

Courses Taught
Social Work Research I and II
Practice and Program Evaluation
Human Behavior in the Social Environment (I)
Social Welfare Policy and Institutions

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions

Awarded a Mary E. Switzer Fellowship, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to conduct a study entitled "Evaluation of Barriers to Delivery of Rehabilitative Services to Infants and Toddlers in the Custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services."

Awarded an Administration for Children and Families Developing Scholars Grant for completion of dissertation research along with a faculty representative of the Jane Addams College of Social Work and three other students.

Cross, T. & Bruhn, C. (in press). Delivery of mental health services for a state’s population of children in foster care: A comparison of Illinois and national data. Illinois Child Welfare, 5.

Testa, M., Bruhn, C. & Helton, J. (2009). Comparative safety, stability, and continuity of children’s placements in informal and formal substitute care arrangements. In Webb, M. B., Dowd, K., Harden, B. J., Landsverk, J., and Testa, M. F. (Eds.). Child welfare and child well-being: New perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. New York: Oxford University Press.

Barth, R. P., Guo, S., Christ, S.L., Bruhn, C.M, & Green, R.L. (2009). Explaining reunification and reentry three years after placement in out of home care. In Webb, M. B., Dowd, K., Harden, B. J., Landsverk, J., and Testa, M. F. (Eds.). Child welfare and child well-being: New perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. New York: Oxford University Press.

Bruhn, C.M., Duval, D., & Louderman, R. (2008). Centralized assessment of early developmental delays in children in foster care: A program that works. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 536-545.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Member of the University Institutional Review Board
Chair of the Institutional Review Board of the College of Professional Studies
Faculty Adviser, Zeta Epsilon

Other Interests
American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
Public, private, and international adoption