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James Simon

James Simon
Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor
Social Work, School of
Office Phone(909) 537-7224
Office LocationSB-405


Research interests

Dr. Simon primarily researches CPS interventions and post-investigation outcomes among families investigated for child maltreatment and referred to home-based, post-investigation services. His other research interests include child welfare recidivism, screened out / evaluated out families, client engagement, differential response, families with complex needs, data-driven decision making, intersectionality, and matching needs and services to prevent child maltreatment.

Professional Specialties

  • Child protective services interventions
  • Client engagement
  • Micro social work practice
  • Family preservation
  • Data-driven decision making

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Simon, J. D., Boyd, R., & Subica, A. Refocusing Intersectionality in Social Work Education: Creating a Safe Space to Discuss Oppression and Privilege. (in press-accepted March 16, 2020). Journal of Society Work Education.

Simon, J. D. Matching Needs and Services Among Families With Complex Needs: An Examination of Needs, Matched Services, and a CPS Re-report. (in press-accepted January 8, 2019). Journal of the Society of Social Work and Research.

Simon, J. D. & Brooks, D. (2019). Targeting services to reduce need after a child abuse investigation: Examining complex needs, matched services, and meaningful change. Children and Youth Services Review.

Simon, J. D., & Brooks, D. (2017). Identifying families with complex needs after an initial child abuse investigation: a comparison of demographics and needs related to domestic violence, mental health, and substance use. Child Abuse & Neglect67, 294-304.

D’Andrade, A., Simon, J. D., Fabella, D., Castillo, L., Mejia, C., & Shuster, D. (2016). The California Linkages Program as a doorway to housing support for low-income parents involved with child welfare services: First-person narratives from program stakeholders. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12099

Simon, J. D., & Brooks, D. (2016). Post-investigation service need and utilization among families at risk of maltreatment. Children and Youth Services Review, 69, 223–232. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.08.015

Hsu, H.-T., Simon, J. D., Henwood, B. F., Wenzel, S. L., & Couture J. (2016). Location, location, location: Perceptions of safety and security among formerly homeless persons transitioned to permanent supportive housing. Journal of the Society of Social Work and Research, 7, 65–88. doi:10.1086/685034

Jansson, B. S., Simon, J. D., & Barman-Adhikari, A. (2016). Becoming policy advocates in the child and family sector. In Social welfare policy and advocacy: Advancing social justice through 8 policy sectors (pp. 323–362). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Putnam-Hornstein, E., Simon, J. D., Eastman, A. L., & Magruder, J. (2015). Risk of re-reporting among infants who remain at home following alleged maltreatment. Child Maltreatment, 20, 92–103. doi:10.1177/1077559514558586

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Professional Websites


PhD, LCSW – University of Southern California


Social Work 602A: Foundation Micro Practice I (Taught online and on campus); Social Work 602B: Foundation Micro Practice II (Taught online and on campus); Social Work 602C: Foundation Micro Practice III; Social Work 645: Advanced Micro Practice I; Social Work 646: Advanced Micro Practice II; Social Work 660: Integrative Micro Macro Seminar; Social Work 690: Social Work in the Global Perspective.

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Simon primarily researches CPS interventions and postinvestigation outcomes, with a focus on families that were investigated for child maltreatment and subsequently referred to home-based, postinvestigation services. His other research interests include predictors of child welfare recidivism, understanding screened out families, client engagement in services after an investigation, families with complex needs, and matching needs and services to prevent child maltreatment.