Neil Guterman is Dean of NYU Silver and is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work. Dr. Guterman’s scholarly interests relate to services targeting children and violence, with special interest in child abuse and neglect prevention, as well as children's exposure to violence outside the home. Dr. Guterman has published numerous peer reviewed scholarly articles on these topics, and is the author of Stopping Child Maltreatment Before it Starts: Emerging Horizons in Early Home Visitation Services (Sage, 2001).
Dr. Guterman currently directs a study examining the effectiveness of strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. As a noted authority on children and violence exposure, his expertise has been sought by the U.S. Surgeon General's Office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Prevent Child Abuse America, Children's Trust Funds, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. He has delivered a number of keynote speeches and has provided expert consultation and training to state and local governmental bodies, foundations, human service organizations, and legal firms. He consults as an editor to a number of professional journals including Child Abuse and Neglect, Social Work, and the American Journal of Public Health, and serves on the editorial board of Child Maltreatment.
In 2019, he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), an honorific society dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high impact work that advances social good. Prior to NYU Silver, Dr. Guterman served as Dean, the Moses and Sylvia Firestone Professor, and the Director of the Beatrice Cummings Mayer Program in Violence Prevention at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. From 1993-2006, he served on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work. Prior to that, he was a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has also provided direct clinical social work services to children and families in a wide variety of family and child service settings in Michigan, California, Israel, and New York City.
Dr. Guterman holds a PhD in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as an MSW in clinical practice with families and children, also from the University of Michigan. He earned his BA in psychology with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Child abuse and neglect remains an intractable problem in the US. Approximately six million children are the suspected victims of abuse and neglect and more than 1,700 children die each year as a result of child maltreatment. Surviving victims of child abuse and neglect are at greater risk of a shortened life span, more frequently suffer from an array of major medical conditions, and face a greater likelihood of involvement in crime, delinquency, substance abuse, school failure, depression and suicide. The expensive national child protection system is, by design, both coercive and stigmatizing and has shown little positive impact in preventing child maltreatment.
Preventing child maltreatment before it ever occurs - and minimizing the need for expensive intervention and the risk of widening damage to the social fabric - is at the core of Professor Neil Guterman's research. Recent findings have shown that early home visitation services, delivered directly in the homes of families around the time of a child's birth, hold significant potential to prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring, and can promote positive developmental trajectories for children their families. Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor Neil Guterman's scholarship has been centered on children's victimization and on advancing such preventive strategies so that they deliver real and lasting benefit to vulnerable families.
Guterman has been conducting several related studies on child abuse prevention, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, the Children's Bureau in the Department of Health & Human Services, and a number of private foundations. His "second generation" research on home visitation services is testing ways to improve on the mixed outcomes reported in earlier studies on such services. For example, Guterman has most recently been studying the role of fathers in child maltreatment, and is presently designing and testing a second "enhancement" strategy that widens the predominant focus of early home visitation services from the mother-child relationship to a more inclusive focus on both mothers and fathers.
The relationship between exposure of Palestinian youth to community violence and internalizing and externalizing symptoms: Do gender and social support matter?
Haj-Yahia, M. M., Leshem, B. & Guterman, N. B., Feb 2021, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 112, 104906.
The Roles of Family and Teacher Support in Moderating and Mediating Externalized and Internalized Outcomes of Exposure to Community Violence Among Arab and Jewish Adolescents in Israel
Haj-Yahia, M. M., Leshem, B. & Guterman, N. B., Oct 1 2018, In : International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 62, 14, p. 4465-4488 24 p.
Promoting father involvement in early home visiting services for vulnerable families: Findings from a pilot study of “Dads matter”
Guterman, N. B., Bellamy, J. L. & Banman, A., Feb 2018, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 76, p. 261-272 12 p.
Rates of exposure to community violence among Israeli Jewish youth and related demographic and support factors
Leshem, B., Haj-Yahia, M. M. & Guterman, N., 2018, In : Chevra U’Revecha (Society and Welfare, Hebrew)..
Community violence in children and adolescents: Considering risk and protective factors and prevention
Guterman, N. & Vorhies, V., 2017. Child Maltreatment Prevention. Alexander, R. (ed.).St. Louis, MO: G.W. Medical Publishing
Preventing physical child abuse and neglect through early home visitation
Guterman, N. & Berg, K., 2017. Child Maltreatment Prevention. Alexander, R. (ed.).St. Louis, MO: G.W. Medical Publishing
The prevention of maltreatment among children with disabilities through early identification and comprehensive provision of services
Berg, K. & Guterman, N., 2017. Child Maltreatment Prevention. St. Louis, MO: G.W. Medical Publishing
The Role of Family and Teacher Support in Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms Among Palestinian Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence
Leshem, B., Haj-Yahia, M. M. & Guterman, N. B., Feb 1 2016, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 25, 2, p. 488-502 15 p.
Guterman, N., Bellamy, J. L. & Banman, A., 2015. Promoting Father Involvement Home Visitaiton Services ed. Home Visitor Intervention Manual
The characteristics of help seeking among Palestinian adolescents following exposure to community violence
Leshem, B., Haj-Yahia, M. M. & Guterman, N. B., 2015, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 49, p. 1-10 10 p.
Dyadic Profiles of Parental Disciplinary Behavior and Links With Parenting Context
Kim, J., Lee, S. J., Taylor, C. A. & Guterman, N., May 13 2014, In : Child Maltreatment. 19, 2, p. 79-91 13 p.
Exploring Adolescent Community Violence Exposure And Posttraumatic Stress Cross-Culturally In Israel
Klodnick, V. V., Guterman, N., Haj-Yahia, M. M. & Leshem, B., Jan 2014, In : Journal of Community Psychology. 42, 1, p. 47-60 14 p.
Examining the effectiveness of home-based parent aide services to reduce risk for physical child abuse and neglect: Six-month findings from a randomized clinical trial
Guterman, N. B., Tabone, J. K., Bryan, G. M., Taylor, C. A., Napoleon-Hanger, C. & Banman, A., Aug 2013, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 37, 8, p. 566-577 12 p.
The Rates and Characteristics of the Exposure of Palestinian Youth to Community Violence
Haj-Yahia, M. M., Leshem, B. & Guterman, N. B., Jul 2013, In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 28, 11, p. 2223-2249 27 p.
Interventions for maltreated adolescents
Blythe, B., Hodges, V. & Guterman, N., Jan 11 2013, Child Maltreatment: Expanding Our Concept of Helping. (e book) ed. Taylor and Francis, p. 33-48 16 p.
Developmental trajectories of behavior problems among children who have experienced maltreatment: Heterogeneity during early childhood and ecological predictors
Tabone, J. K., Guterman, N. B., Litrownik, A. J., Dubowitz, H., Isbell, P., English, D. J., Runyan, D. K. & Thompson, R., Dec 2011, In : Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. 19, 4, p. 204-216 13 p.
Exposure to community violence among Arab youth in Israel: Rates and characteristics
Haj-Yahia, M. M., Leshem, B. & Guterman, N., Mar 2011, In : Journal of Community Psychology. 39, 2, p. 136-151 16 p.
Paternal psychosocial characteristics and corporal punishment of their 3-year-old children
Lee, S. J., Perron, B. E., Taylor, C. A. & Guterman, N. B., Jan 2011, In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 26, 1, p. 71-87 17 p.
Community violence and mental health problems
Vorhies, V. & Guterman, N., 2011. Mental Health and Social Problems: A Social Work Perspective. Heller, N. & Gitterman, A. (eds.).NY: Routledge
Help-Seeking and Internal Obstacles to Receiving Support in the Wake of Community Violence Exposure: The Case of Arab and Jewish Adolescents in Israel
Guterman, N. B., Haj-Yahia, M. M., Vorhies, V., Ismayilova, L. & Leshem, B., Dec 2010, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 19, 6, p. 687-696 10 p.
Young mother-father dyads and maternal harsh parenting behavior
Lee, Y. & Guterman, N. B., Nov 2010, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 34, 11, p. 874-885 12 p.
Community violence exposure and its effects
Vorhies, V., Guterman, N. B. & Haj-Yahia, M. M., Oct 26 2010, Mental Health and Social Problems: A Social Work Perspective. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 225-256 32 p.
Use of spanking for 3-year-old children and associated intimate partner aggression or violence
Taylor, C. A., Lee, S. J., Guterman, N. B. & Rice, J. C., Sep 2010, In : Pediatrics. 126, 3, p. 415-424 10 p.
Parental perceptions of neighborhood processes, stress, personal control, and risk for physical child abuse and neglect
Guterman, N. B., Lee, S. J., Taylor, C. A. & Rathouz, P. J., Dec 2009, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 33, 12, p. 897-906 10 p.
Fathers and maternal risk for physical child abuse
Guterman, N. B., Lee, Y., Lee, S. J., Waldfogel, J. & Rathouz, P. J., Aug 2009, In : Child Maltreatment. 14, 3, p. 277-290 14 p.
Fathers, physical child abuse, and neglect: Advancing the knowledge base
Lee, S. J., Bellamy, J. L. & Guterman, N. B., Aug 2009, In : Child Maltreatment. 14, 3, p. 227-231 5 p.
Intimate partner violence, maternal stress, nativity, and risk for maternal maltreatment of young children
Taylor, C. A., Guterman, N. B., Lee, S. J. & Rathouz, P. J., Jan 1 2009, In : American journal of public health. 99, 1, p. 175-183 9 p.
Preventing physical child abuse and neglect through home visitation
Guterman, N., 2009. ISPCAN Special Report
Guterman, N. & Haj-Yahia, M. M., 2008. Encyclopedia of Social Work. 20th ed. Mirzahi, T. & Davis, L. E. (eds.).USA: Oxford University Press
Home visitation services
Guterman, N., 2008. Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. Renzetti, C. M. & Edleson, J. L. (eds.).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
Intensive family preservation services
Guterman, N., 2008. Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. Renzetti, C. M. & Edleson, J. L. (eds.).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Risk factors for paternal physical child abuse
Lee, S.L. & Guterman, N., 2008, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 32, 9, p. 846-858
Diagnosing conduct problems of children and adolescents in residential treatment
Cameron, M. & Guterman, N. B., Feb 2007, In : Child and Youth Care Forum. 36, 1, p. 1-10 10 p.
Review of the article <i>Re-victimization patterns in a national longitudinal sampleof children and youth</i> by D. Finkelhor, R.K. Ormrod, & H.A.Turner
Guterman, N., 2007, In : The Quarterly Update: Reviews of Current Child Abuse Medical Research. 14, 3.
Assessment of trauma in children and youth
Cameron, M., Elkins, J. & Guterman, N., 2006. Working with traumatized youth in child welfare. Webb, N. Boyd (ed.).NY: Guilford Press
Review of the article <i>The effectiveness of early childhood home visitation inpreventing violence: A systematic review</i> by O. Bilukha, et al
Guterman, N., 2006, In : The Quarterly Update: Reviews of Current Child Abuse Medical Research. 13, 2, p. 4-6
The role of fathers in risk for physical child abuse and neglect: Possible pathways and unanswered questions
Guterman, N. B. & Lee, Y., May 2005, In : Child Maltreatment. 10, 2, p. 136-149 14 p.
Prevention of physical abuse and child neglect
Dubowitz, H. & Guterman, N., 2005. Child maltreatment: A clinical guide and reference. 3rd ed. Giardino, A. P. & Alexander, R. (eds.).St. Louis, MO: G.W. Medical Publishing
Prevention of physical child abuse and neglect
Guterman, N. & Taylor, C.A., 2005. Child welfare for the 21st Century: A handbook of practices, policies, and programs. Mallon, G. P. & Hess, P. McCartt (eds.).NY: University Press Group Ltd.
Asian American adolescents' acculturation, binge drinking, and alcohol- and tobacco-using peers
Hahm, H. C., Lahiff, M. & Guterman, N. B., May 2004, In : Journal of Community Psychology. 32, 3, p. 295-308 14 p.
Advancing Prevention Research on Child Abuse, Youth Violence, and Domestic Violence: Emerging Strategies and Issues
Guterman, N. B., Mar 2004, In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 19, 3 SPEC. ISS., p. 299-321 23 p.
Prevention and treatment strategies targeting physical child abuse and neglect
Guterman, N. & Embry, R.A., 2004. Intervention with children and adolescents:: An interdisciplinary perspective. Allen-Meares, P. & Fraser, M. W. (eds.).NY: Allen & Bacon
Acculturation and parental attachment in Asian-American adolescents' alcohol use.
Hahm, H. C., Lahiff, M. & Guterman, N. B., Aug 2003, In : The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 33, 2, p. 119-129 11 p.
Home visiting  (multiple letters)
Guterman, N. B., Anisfeld, E., McCord, M., Olds, D., Pettitt, L., Hiatt, S., Holmberg, J., Robinson, J., O'Brien, R. & Korfmacher, J., Jun 1 2003, In : Pediatrics. 111, 6 I, p. 1491-1494 4 p.
Community violence exposure and associated behavior problems among children and adolescents in residential treatment
Guterman, N. B., Cameron, M. & Hahm, H. C., 2003, In : Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. 6, 2, p. 111-135 25 p.
Evaluation of Best Beginnings:: A Randomized Clinical Trial [Final Report]
Anisfeld, E., Guterman, N. & Sandy, J., 2003. Smith Richardson Foundation
Home visiting [Response to the article <i>“Home visiting by paraprofessionals and by nurses: A randomized controlled trial”</i>, by D.L. Olds, J. Robinson, R. O’Brien, et al]
Guterman, N., Anisfeld, E. & McCord, M., 2003, In : Pediatrics. 111, 6, p. 1491-1494
Preventing physical child abuse and neglect
Holton, J. K. & Guterman, N., 2003. 2 ed. APSAC Advisor
Adolescent victimization and subsequent use of mental health counseling services
Guterman, N. B., Hahm, H. C. & Cameron, M., 2002, In : Journal of Adolescent Health. 30, 5, p. 336-345 10 p.
The role of research in defining a “practiceable” problem for social work:: The parallax of community and family violence exposure among children and youths
Guterman, N., 2002, In : Social Work Education. 21, 3, p. 313-322
Stopping child maltreatment before it starts: Emerging horizons in early home visitation services
Guterman, N., 2001. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
The emerging problem of physical child abuse in South Korea
Hahm, H. C. & Guterman, N. B., 2001, In : Child Maltreatment. 6, 2, p. 169-179 11 p.
Definitional and measurement issues in the study of community violence among children and youths
Guterman, N. B., Cameron, M. & Staller, K., Nov 2000, In : Journal of Community Psychology. 28, 6, p. 571-587 17 p.
Perception of job satisfaction, service effectiveness and burnout among Arab social workers in Israel
Haj-Yahia, M. M., Bargal, D. & Guterman, N. B., Jul 2000, In : International Journal of Social Welfare. 9, 3, p. 201-210 10 p.
Enrollment strategies in early home visitation to prevent physical child abuse and neglect and the 'universal versus targeted' debate: A meta-analysis of population-based and screening-based programs
Guterman, N. B., Sep 1999, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 23, 9, p. 863-890 28 p.
Young clients' exposure to community violence: How much do their therapists know?
Guterman, N. B. & Cameron, M., Jul 1999, In : American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 69, 3, p. 382-391 10 p.
Evaluation of Best Beginnings:: A Randomized Clinical Trial [Interim Report]
Anisfeld, E., Guterman, N. & Sandy, J., 1999. Smith Richardson Foundation
Assessing the Impact of Community Violence on Children and Youths
Guterman, N. B. & Cameron, M., Sep 1997, In : Social Work. 42, 5, p. 495-505 11 p.
Career outcomes among medical vs. Family service social workers in Israel
Bargal, D. & Guterman, N., 1997, In : Social Work in Health Care. 25, 1-2, p. 223-241 19 p.
Early prevention of physical child abuse and neglect: Existing evidence and future directions
Guterman, N. B., 1997, In : Child Maltreatment. 2, 1, p. 12-34 23 p.
Main and buffering effects of emotional support on job- and health- related strains: A national survey of Israeli social workers
El-Bassel, N., Guterman, N., Bargal, D. & Su, K. H., 1997, In : Employee Assistance Quarterly. 13, 3, p. 1-18 18 p.
Parent to child violence
Guterman, N., 1997, Children in the urban environment:: Linking social policy and clinical practice. Phillips, N. K. & Straussner, S. L. A. (eds.).Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishers, p. 113- 134
Social workers’ perceptions of their power and service outcomes
Guterman, N. B. & Bargal, D., Jul 29 1996, In : Administration in Social Work. 20, 3, p. 1-20 20 p.
Constructing the Family Ethnogram
Lauffer, A.L. & Guterman, N., 1996. Policies, Programs and Possibilities:: Exercises for Students, Staff and Community Leaders in Jewish Communal Service. Lauffer, A. (ed.).Ann Arbor, Michigan: Project STaR
Perceptions of job satisfaction, service effectiveness and burnout among social workers in Israel
Bargal, D. & Guterman, N., 1996, In : Chevra U’Revecha (Society and Welfare, Hebrew). 16, p. 541-565
Workplace violence and victimization experienced by social workers:: A cross-national study of Americans and Israelis
Guterman, N., Jayaratne, S. & Bargal, D., 1996, Violence on the job:: Identifying risks and developing solutions. VandenBos, G. R. & Bulatao, E. Q. (eds.).Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, p. 175-188
“Responsibility at-risk”: Perceptions of stress, control and professional effectiveness in child welfare direct practitioners
Guterman, N. B. & Jayaratne, S., Jan 31 1995, In : Journal of Social Service Research. 20, 1-2, p. 99-120 22 p.
Confronting the unknowns in Jewish family violence:: A call for knowledge development
Guterman, N., 1993, In : Journal of Jewish Communal Service. 70, p. 26-33
Doctoral Dissertation-Responsibility At-Risk:: Perceptions of Stress, Control and Professional Effectiveness in Child Welfare Work Settings
Guterman, N., 1992. University of Michigan
Stress and coping patterns of participants and non-participants in self-help groups for parents of the mentally ill
Gidron, B., Guterman, N. B. & Hartman, H., Dec 1990, In : Community mental health journal. 26, 6, p. 483-496 14 p.
Interventions for maltreated adolescents
Blythe, B. J., Hodges, V. & Guterman, N., 1990, Child maltreatment:: Expanding our concept of helping. Rothery, M. & Cameron, G. (eds.).Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, p. 33-47
Participation in self-help groups and empowerment among parents of the mentally ill in Israel
Gidron, B., Guterman, N. & Hartman, H., 1990, Working with self-help. Powell, T. J. (ed.).Silver Spring, MD: NASW Press, p. 267-276
Intensive aftercare services for children.
Hodges, V. G., Guterman, N. B., Blythe, B. J. & Bronson, D. E., Sep 1989, In : Social casework. 70, 7, p. 397-404 8 p.
Aftercare service development for children in residential treatment
Guterman, N. B., Hodges, V. G., Blythe, B. J. & Bronson, D. E., Jun 1989, In : Child & Youth Care Quarterly. 18, 2, p. 119-130 12 p.
Stress and coping patterns of participants and non- participants in self-help groups for parents of the mentally ill
Gidron, B., Guterman, N. & Hartman, H., 1989, In : Chevra U’Revecha (Society and Welfare, Hebrew). 9, p. 291-302
Extended Aftercare Services for Children in Residential Treatment: A Procedural Manual
Blythe, B. J., Guterman, N. & Hodges, V. G., 1987. Detroit, Michigan: Methodist Children’s Home Society
Toward ecologically-based intervention in residential treatment for children
Guterman, N. & Blythe, B. J., 1986, In : Social Service Review. 60, p. 633-643