20 Years of the Schubert Center


  • Schubert Center for Child Development established in the College of Arts and Sciences, Donald Freedheim named founding director.
  • Funds are awarded as grants across the university to support promising research and programs for children and families in the areas of mental illness and child development.


  • First annual research colloquium by Schubert Center grantees.
  • Schubert Center co-hosts a talk on mental health in children and adolescents by William Glasser, MD, author of Reality Therapy.
  • Clearinghouse for Research established on Schubert Center Website.
  • Brisky Fellowship in Psychology established to encourage research on childhood mental disabilities and mental health by Psychology Doctoral Candidates.


  • Childhood Studies Minor introduced.
  • Conference: Innovations in Infancy Interventions.
  • Inauguration of the Childhood Studies program, with a lecture by Myra Bluebond-Langner: In the Shadow of Illness: Illness and Death in the Child’s Social World.
  • Second annual research colloquium held, on the topic of Children’s Mental Health: Medical and Community Linkages.

2000 - 2001

  • Conference: Enriching Children’s Environment: Tunes, Touch, and Toys.
  • “Consortium on Children, Families, and Communities” created between the Schubert Center for Child Development, and the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change of MSASS.
  • Jill Korbin and Richard Settersten named Schubert Center co-directors.
  • Eight research projects funded for the 2000-2001 year, covering topics in Psychology, Communication Sciences, as well as Genetics, International Child Health, and Pediatrics within UH Rainbow Babies.

To learn more, view the Spring 2001 Newsletter.

2001 - 2002

  • Five-Year Report released.
  • Understanding the Impact of Violence on Children and Adolescents Conference.
  • Research highlight of funded projects by Jim Spilsbury of Anthropology for his work examining children’s differential help-seeking in hazardous situations, and Lyn Turkstra of Communication Sciences for her work on social and communication skills of adolescents with traumatic brain injuries.
  • Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics of UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and The Center for Adolescent Health of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine become members of the Consortium on Children, Families and Communities.

To learn more, view the Spring 2002 Newsletter.

2002 - 2003

To learn more, view the Spring 2003 Newsletter.

2003 - 2004

  • Three-day working meeting titled Charting Future Directions for Childhood Studies: Research, Education, and Policy is co-organized by Drs. Jill Korbin and Rick Settersten, attended by a group of 17 international scholars.
  • Schubert Center hosts national meeting of University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium.
  • Awarded $150,000 in funding for two years by the George Gund Foundation to organize an interdisciplinary program of child-centered education, research, and communication.


  • Child Policy Initiative is launched.
  • Continued Monthly Colloquia “Case Conversations on Children in Research and Policy”.
  • Center for Science and Mathematics Education introduced to Consortium on Children, Families, and Communities.
  • Co-sponsored lecture series with Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Case Center for Women on Girls and Girlhood in the United States.
  • Mann Policy Externships are established in Spring 2005.

To learn more, view the Spring 2005 Newsletter.

2005 - 2006


  • Schubert Center for Child Development renamed Schubert Center for Child Studies.
  • Molly Irwin named as new director of Child Policy Initiative.
  • Case Conversations on Research and Policy: “Election 2006: What’s at Stake for Our Kids?” Panel and discussion.

To learn more, view the Spring 2007 Newsletter.

2007 - 2008

  • Schubert Center presents community forum series to highlight university faculty’s research for Cuyahoga County’s Help Me Grow.
  • Assistant director Dr. Elizabeth Short receives award for her contribution to the study of attention disorders.
  • Awarded $120,000 by the George Gund Foundation to sustain the Child Policy Initiative.

To learn more, view the Fall 2007 Newsletter.

2008 - 2009

To learn more, view the Spring 2009 Newsletter.

2009 - 2010

  • Schubert Center hosts Nobel Laureate James Heckman for talk on “The Economic Case for Investing in Early Childhood Education”.
  • Girlhood Lecture Series is established: “Girls in Abusive Dating Relationships: Approaching a Better Understanding in Research, Practice and Policy”.
  • Gabriella Celeste is named as new Child Policy Director.
  • Schubert Center launches new website, Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more, view the Spring 2011 Newsletter.

2010 - 2011

  • Schubert Center hosts a luncheon to celebrate the life achievements of CWRU’s Mental Development Center founder Dr. Jane W. Kessler.
  • “Toward an Understanding of Girls with Eating Disorders” policy brief is released.
  • Schubert Center collaborates with community partners to co-host Children’s Briefing for newly elected Cuyahoga County officials.

To learn more, view the 2010-2011 Annual Report.

2011 - 2012

To learn more, view the 2011-2012 Annual Report.


  • Conversation series: Child Well-Being and Healthy Engagement.
  • Schubert Center partners with the Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods to present an analysis of the 2010-2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
  • The Science of Play-Based Education Symposium is hosted with the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
  • A Bridge to Somewhere is published.

To learn more, view the 2012-2013 Annual Report.


  • Schubert Center director and faculty associates receive $2.3 million to examine neighborhood influence on child maltreatment.
  • National and local partners participate in a legal symposium organized in part by the Schubert Center: “Raising the Bar for Parental Representation and Improving Child Welfare Outcomes.”

To learn more, view the 2013-2014 Annual Report.


  • Of Play and Prejudice: The Implications of Racism in Early Childhood Lecture by Tuppett Yates and Sandra Russ.
  • Published Getting it Right: Realigning Juvenile Corrections in Ohio to Reinvest in What Works.
  • Conversation series: Exploring Equity and Resilience in Childhood.

To learn more, view the 2014-2015 Annual Report.


To learn more, view the 2015-2016 Annual Report.


To learn more, view the 2016-2017 Annual Report.