Margaret Baughman, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Center on Trauma and Adversity
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Dr. Baughman’s work with the Begun Center currently includes the role of Principal Investigator for several Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Municipal Courts with specialized dockets focusing on addiction, mental health and veterans. This research will determine the effectiveness of supportive services, treatment and specialty court dockets on participants.

Dr. Baughman has reported on the areas of substance abuse, mental health, community-based corrections and long-term recidivism, and family health indicators including access to medical care, housing, and parental supports. She has evaluated a variety of programs that focused on substance use, mental health, criminal justice diversion programs (e.g.; Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veteran’s Court), and homelessness. Her work has been funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Bureau of Justice Affairs, the Family and Children First Council of Summit County, the Corrections Planning Board of Cuyahoga County, and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County, and other local, state and federal funders.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? The ability to be an embedded social science researcher examining substance use, mental health and trauma in the criminal justice setting translates into the adoption of new policies, evidence-based treatments and, hopefully, the implementation of appropriate treatment options for those in the criminal justice system. These research studies impact all levels of society from the national landscape to the local community including CWRU and the Begun Center. Understanding the conditions that affect individuals and determining effective treatment services is an important aspect of social research.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? Understanding what factors impact and which evidence-based interventions are effective for those involved in the criminal justice system is a vital component that warrants longitudinal research so the criminal justice system can work with these individuals so they successfully leave the criminal justice system and engaging in society.

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Using theory to improve programming and outcomes in the areas of substance abuse prevention
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Mental health treatment
  • Criminal justice diversion programming
  • Violence prevention
  • Program evaluation
  • Policy analysis

Awards and Honors

Greater Akron Chamber 30 for the Future Award

Professional Memberships

American Evaluators Association
American Public Health Association
Women in Higher Education

External Appointments

Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies, University of Akron

  • Dr. Baughman has taught courses such as Advanced Research methods and History of Urban Development at the master’s level.


Selected Publications

Medication Assisted Treatment: Experiences from the Field
In Perspectives on Social Work, 2017.

Adolescent Delinquency and Violent Behavior
In Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment, 2nd edition. Springer Press, 2015.